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Source: Mary McKiel, PhD
ASB, the Academy Standards Board of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), was instituted in 2015 and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a provider of consensus-based forensic standards, guides and technical reports. Since its inception, the 13 new consensus bodies of the ASB have initiated more than 27 standards projects, most of which are done in consultation with the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science, hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
ASB’s Board of Directors, chaired by long-time AAFS member Lucy Davis, is responsible for ensuring that the work accomplished meets the procedural requirements associated with their ANSI accreditation, and overall, provides the strategic direction for the organization. In her remarks at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, Lucy praised both staff and board members for their hard work and successes in this fledgling year of the ASB.
Lucy congratulated Brad Wing, ASB Secretariat, and Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Technical Coordinator, on the success of their hard work in structuring the ASB, implementing the online system by which committee members accomplish the work, training members on the policies and procedures of the ASB, assisting in running the consensus body and work group meetings, and providing a host of other services to the members.
Turning to the board members, Lucy expressed great appreciation for the invaluable contributions and dedication of David Baker, Christine Funk, Jane Lewis, Jennifer Limoges, Timothy Palmbach, and Lindsey Thomas without whom the ASB could not have moved forward with such alacrity. Lucy also welcomed new Board members Julie Howe from the General Section and Linton Mohammed from the Questioned Documents Section.
Executive Director of AAFS, Anne Warren, said afterward: “Lucy did a great job!” – which completes the list of those deserving praise for the efforts and successes of the new Academy Standards Board.