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22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients Announced!

The 22nd Annual FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award paper competition was hosted during the AAFS Virtual Annual Meeting in February. The following presenters were selected as the 2021 winners by a panel of judges: Perla Santillan, MS—“Mass Grave Localization Prediction With Geographical Information System in Guatemala and Future Impacts” (A58/Anthropology) Ya-Chih Cheng, MS—“The Differentiation of […]


Call For 2021–22 Award Nominations

Source: Jeri Ropero-Miller, PhD, Past Presidents Council Chair, Awards Committee Chair The nomination period for 2021–22 Academy-wide awards has opened. Please consider submitting nominations for the following awards. Past Presidents Council Award for Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Summary of Criteria: The recipient must be an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the […]


President’s Spotlight—2021–22 Ad Hoc Committees Announced

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President To keep you, our members, informed of what your Board of Directors and Academy staff are doing to improve the organization and review its policies for potential updating, I have compiled a list of our current presidential ad hoc committees, their chairs, and the missions for which […]


Michigan Governor Appoints Two AAFS Fellows to Newly Created Task Force of Forensic Science

Source: Donald E. Shelton, JD, PhD, Jurisprudence Section Chair Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently created a Task Force of Forensic Science and has appointed two AAFS Fellows to join the group. In creating the group, the Governor said, “A fair trial is at the core of the American criminal justice system. While forensic science is […]


2021 Dues Payment Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator If you have not yet made your 2021 dues payment, there is still time before the deadline. The deadline for 2021 dues payments is May 31, 2021. After this date, your membership will be suspended and the Journal of Forensic Sciences online access will be disabled and hard copy orders […]


Congratulations to All of Our New Members, Upgraders, and Promoters!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator The Membership Department is working diligently to prepare correspondence for your new status and is hoping to mail the notification letters in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, dues notice have been uploaded to your online account portal. You may access your invoice and pay your dues by […]


Mark Goff, BA, Chosen as the 2021 Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster Recipient

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents (QD) section presents the Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster given at a scientific meeting. The presentations are judged by several QD section members chosen by the Awards Committee Chair. The award is in recognition […]


Annual Meeting Special Session—Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in Forensic Science

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, AAFS DOC Chair The AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee (DOC) will be hosting a Special Evening Session during the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Monday, February 15, from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Central Time). Considering last year’s tumultuous events highlighting nationwide racial inequality, the DOC feels that providing expert guidance on matters of diversity—as […]


Carol Henderson Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Carol E. Henderson, JD, will be honored posthumously at the 73rd American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting with the Academy’s highest honor—the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the Gradwohl Award were set […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2020–2021 Distinguished Fellow Recipient

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Fellow Award.  The award will be presented to Dr. Sathyavagiswaran at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sathyavagiswaran was elected into membership in the Pathology/Biology Section […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation 2020-21 Student Affiliate Scholarship Winners

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce the winners of the “FSF Student Affiliate Scholarship.” The Student Affiliate Scholarship program is designed to assist students with the AAFS Annual Meeting registration. Meghan Appley, MS, Criminalistics; Lucio Avellaneda, BS, Criminalistics; Kailey Babcock, BS, Criminalistics; Petra Banks, MA, Anthropology; Emily Brooks, BA, Anthropology;Amber D. Budmark, […]


Justice Department Publishes Statement on 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Report

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD The United States Justice Department has published a statement on the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report, Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods. The statement is a response to PCAST’s claims regarding what it described as forensic “feature comparison methods.” […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]


2021 Voting Member Documents Now Available

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in portal on the AAFS website: 2021 Applicants List 2021 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2020 Audit Report 2020 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To access these […]


Bureau of Justice Webinar Links Posted

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) worked with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to conduct a webinar on the navigation of the new JustGrant System and errors the membership were encountering. Click HERE to view the presentation on the BJA website. Click HERE to view […]


2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 Field Grant Recipients

Each year, the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Three FSF Field Grants […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2020-21 Lucas Grant Recipients

Each year the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) awards monies in the form of grants to members of the forensic science communities to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research throughout the year. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Six FSF Lucas Grants […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—December 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting We are all excited about AAFS having its first Virtual Conference with the VFairs platform February 15-19, 2021. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. With pre-registration having a discount of 50% off and loads of meeting features […]