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Message From the AAFS Board of Directors Regarding the Academy’s Policies on Diversity, Inclusion, and Discrimination

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. In light of current events, it is important to reiterate that as an organization, the Academy always has been, and remains, committed to promoting education, to fostering research, to improving […]


AAFS Executive Director Position Announcement

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President After nearly 35 years of service, AAFS Executive Director Anne Warren will be retiring in May 2020. The AAFS Board of Directors has partnered with global executive search firm Lindauer to assist in recruiting and identifying eligible candidates to serve as Executive Director following Anne’s retirement. Anyone interested […]


Attention All AAFS Voting Members and Fellows

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members and Fellows of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in system on the AAFS website: 2020 Applicants List 2020 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2019 Audit Report 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To […]


A New Association Academy: The Cuban Society of Legal Medicine

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has accepted the Cuban Society of Legal Medicine as the third official “Association Academy.” The purpose of “Association Academies” is to initiate a relationship between AAFS and another professional organization located outside the United States. This association is especially exciting as the original concept […]


In Memoriam: Gradwohl Laureate and Distinguished Fellow Kenneth S. Field, MBA

“It is time to contemplate the future and to adapt to it. The world in which the forensic science profession operates and the Academy exists is changing rapidly. Great technological advances have been made and are in the making … If the Academy is to persevere, it, too, must change with the times, for such change […]


2018-19 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2019-20 officers: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD President-Elect  (Toxicology) Carl R. McClary, BA Vice President  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Treasurer  (Anthropology) Ken Williams, MS, JD Secretary    (Criminalistics) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Betty Layne DesPortes (Chair), John Gerns, and […]


In Memoriam: Kurt M. Dubowski, PhD, AAFS Founding Member and Past President

It is with great fondness and reverence that we remember AAFS Founding Member and Past President, colleague and friend, Dr. Kurt M. Dubowski, who passed away Monday, October 23, in Oklahoma City at the age of 95. Dr. Dubowski was designated as an R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate in 2011, the most prestigious honor of the American Academy […]


Opioid Safety Plans Position Statement

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On October 10, 2017, after reviewing input from the membership and convening by conference call to discuss the matter, the AAFS Board of Directors voted to adopt the position statement on Opioid Safety Plans proposed by the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee. The Board of Directors appreciates […]


President’s Message — September 2017

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Scientific evidence is a powerful tool in the search for the truth and the pursuit of justice. As forensic scientists, we have a duty to ensure our results and opinions are valid and reliable. Standards and best practice guidelines provide the foundation for our work and […]


Statement of the AAFS Board of Directors

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The following statement has been submitted in response to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) request for input on the future structure of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC).  STATEMENT OF THE AAFS BOARD OF DIRECTORS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Board […]


Hurricane Harvey: A Message from the Officers and Staff of AAFS

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in Louisiana and Texas, particularly in the Houston area, who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


AAFS Position Statement on Naloxone

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On August 7, 2017, after reviewing input from the membership and convening by conference call to discuss the matter, the AAFS Board of Directors voted to adopt the position statement on access to naloxone at the worksite proposed by the Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee. The Board […]


Statement of the AAFS Board of Directors on DAG Rosenstein’s Remarks Concerning Forensic Science

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) looks forward to working with the Justice Department and others to advance forensic science. Forensic science is a crucial tool in the search for the truth that must be available to all participants in the justice system. Collaboration with the […]


Survey Responses to a Proposed Position Statement on Access to Naloxone at the Worksite

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President On July 17, 2017, the Board of Directors notified the membership that the AAFS Synthetic Opioid Ad Hoc Committee had submitted a committee report and a proposed position statement for consideration by the Board of Directors concerning access to naloxone by first responders and forensic service providers […]


Documents Section News — May 2017

Source:  Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Secretary Abstracts for workshops and oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 2018 AAFS meeting in Seattle, WA, are due August 1. The theme is “Science Matters.” Consider using this opportunity to present an oral or a poster presentation on a specific examination or testing procedure you use. Should […]


Message From The AAFS President – May 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS On May 13, 2017, I had the honor of speaking at the commencement exercises for the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Forensic Sciences. This Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) -accredited program had 45 Bachelor of Science graduates and 15 Master of Science graduates for 2017. When I […]


DOJ Request for Input on Advancing Forensic Science

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The Department of Justice (DOJ) has requested public comment on how the Department should move forward to evaluate and improve the underlying science of forensic evidence, improve the operational management systems of forensic science service providers, and improve the understanding of forensic science by legal practitioners. The […]