New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Hosts New Jersey’s First Forensic Science Education Conference

Source: Jesse Jenkins, NJIT Office of Strategic Communications Teachers from around the United States recently convened to explore new ways to engage their students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning through the lens of forensic science at the conference, hosted June 27-29, through a collaboration between NJIT’s Center for Pre-College Programs (CPCP), College of […]


Academy Aperçus—July 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


AAFS Board Box—July 1

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The AAFS Board of Directors met on June 30, 2022, and discussed a variety of issues. Here are the highlights: Welcome to our new Board member representing Forensic Nursing Science: Jamie Ferrell. The 2023 conference in Orlando, FL, will NOT have a vaccination or negative PCR test […]


Committee Corner—Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, PhD, MOHAC Committee Chair The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee (MOAHC) was created in 2020 to address Academy-wide aspects relating to membership, promotion, and engagement. In 2020, the MOAHC began by conducting a membership survey to gauge and prioritize areas of interest for the committee to work on. Areas for opportunity […]


2022-23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski […]


AAFS Announces 2022 Virtual Workshop for Middle and High School Teachers

Source: Nancy Jackson, FEPAC Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is holding a Forensic Science Educational Conferences (FSEC) Virtual Workshop for middle and high school teachers July 11-13, 2022. The goal of the FSEC—an outreach initiative of the AAFS—is to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers’ knowledge of […]


2022–23 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022–23 officers: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President                (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       President-Elect       (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Joanna L. Collins, MFS                […]


Academy Aperçus—June 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


2022–23 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The […]


Committee Corner—Academy Standards Board (ASB) Update

Source: Julie Howe, MBA, ASB Chair Justice and equality are hallmarks of the AAFS. One of the overarching objectives stated in the AAFS Bylaws is to elevate the standards of forensic science. The ASB remains a crucial component of this effort by creating consensus-based standards that establish criteria of minimally accepted requirements to improve practice, […]


NIST Publishes Review of Digital Forensic Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published Digital Investigation Techniques: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days, reviews the methods that digital forensic experts use to analyze evidence from computers, mobile phones, and other electronic […]


Board Box—May 3, 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) held it’s first bimonthly meeting recently. The President’s update included information on our International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) to Croatia (if you are interested, please reach out to Donna Grogan ASAP) and the ongoing planning for our 75th Anniversary. Executive Director […]


Committee Corner—Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Committee Nominations

Source: Matthew Wood, PhD, Presidential Ad Hoc Committee on Committee Nominations Chair During his term, AAFS Past President Carl McClary formed the Ad Hoc Committee on Committee Nominations with the goal of examining and improving the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) processes for committee membership selection, specifically to increase diversity, inclusion, and outreach among […]


Academy Aperçus—May 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


2022-23 FSF Student Travel Grant: October 15 Deadline

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2023 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Conference in Orlando, FL. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary conference registration. This is a wonderful […]


2022-23 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]


Ethics Committee Findings

The AAFS Board of Directors received a report from the Ethics Committee recommending that João De Sousa, an Associate Member of the General Section, be expelled. On January 12, 2022, the Board voted and approved the recommendation for expulsion. Mr. De Sousa has been notified of the outcome.