News Related to: Committees

Updated Policy and Procedure Manual Now Available

An updated AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual has been posted to the website here. The Table of Contents is linked to the appropriate pages in order to ease the navigation. The 2020–21 Board of Directors approved the following:  New introductory information under “Section 6. – Committee Activities” that clarifies standard operating protocols Clarification of standard […]

General Section News—June 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at by August 15, 2020. Award […]

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Secretary Deadlines are Approaching for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting The deadline for submissions for the AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting has been extended to September 1. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence and will be held February […]

President’s Spotlight—June 2020

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Today I address you, the Academy membership, greatly saddened and overwhelmed with questions as to how social injustice and disturbing deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others are continuing to occur. Our Nation is embroiled in civil unrest and demand for action against racism, intolerance, […]

Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2020. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology This award is bestowed […]

Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. […]

2020–21 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The 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. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in […]

Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Artificial intelligence and forensics Mental health and wellness across all disciplines Multidisciplinary approach to one or more cases—see the approach, perspective of other […]

COVID-19 Resource Page

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer It gives me great pleasure to officially announce the creation of the AAFS COVID-19 Resource Page! The creativity (and patience) of our wonderful Academy staff was put to the test over the past few weeks as information was gathered for what is hoped to become a valuable […]

2020–21 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2021–22 officers: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD President-Elect  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Vice President  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Treasurer  (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD Secretary    (Engineering & Applied Sciences) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Zeno […]

Answering the Call

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer An email blast was sent to the entire AAFS Membership on 3/31/20 requesting member input on the needs of the nation’s crime labs, Medical Examiner/Coroner offices (ME/C) and medicolegal death investigators as we navigate the COVID-19 crisis as a community. The Coronavirus 3 bill, S.3548 CARES (Coronavirus […]

Diversity Outreach Committee Members Announced

Source: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, Diversity Outreach Committee Chair The Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC) is excited to announce the newly selected members of the DOC: Destiny Costley (General Section) Keara Dotson (General Section) Justin Goldstein (Anthropology Section) James Goodrich (Odontology Section) Yong Guan (Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section) Marianne Hamel (Pathology/Biology Section) Sierra Kaszubinski (Criminalistics […]

21st Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 21st Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The following presenters were selected as the 2020 winners by a panel of judges: Kamar Afra, MA – “Craniometrics vs. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)s: Is There a Correlation?” (A176/Anthropology) J. Tyler Davidson, MS – “On […]

DOJ Grants Financial Guide Revision

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has made the following revision to the DOJ Grants Financial Guide. The change implemented below became effective April 15, 2020. Chapter 2.2: Acceptance of Award and Award Conditions and Award Notification and Acceptance Procedures: Revised language to allow electronic signatures on award acceptance documents and Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) forms. The […]

IAFS 2020—COVID-19 Update

Source: Professor Claude Roux, PhD, FRSN, President, International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017-2020 Following the extraordinary circumstances related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and after thorough evaluation of the emergency situation globally, it is with great regret that we must postpone IAFS 2020. This is not a decision taken lightly. Although Australia has taken enhanced […]

Accepting Nominations for the Clyde Snow Award

Source: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Committee Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) is soliciting nominees for the Clyde Snow Award to a forensic scientist or organization that has made outstanding contributions to humanitarian action and the global advancement of human rights through the use […]

CFSO Flash Brief—2020 April Issue

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The 2020 April issue of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) newsletter is now available. Click HERE for the full edition.

Federal Relief Program Options Simplified

Source: Laura Liptai, PhD, Engineering & Applied Sciences Section This article outlines urgent financial resources to improve practice for smaller forensic science practitioners. As you know, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on Friday, March 27, to help the economy recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. The provision in the Act […]