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Did You Miss the Humanitarian and Human Rights Virtual Poster Session at AAFS?

Sources: Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Roper-Miller, PhD, AAFS Past President and FTCoE Project Director This past February, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted a virtual Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Sources: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, Toxicology Section Chair and Tate Yeatman,  MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarship Committee 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, 2021. The […]


General Section Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair, Claire Shepard, at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. For a list of […]


Criminalistics Section Awards: Submit Your Nominations

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair The Criminalistics Section Awards Committee is seeking nominees to receive the 2022 Paul L. Kirk Award and the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. The awards are described below, and previous recipients can be found HERE. The Paul L. Kirk Award: This award shall be bestowed […]


2021–22 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022-23 officers:   Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD                    President                  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President-Elect       (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       Vice President          (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD            […]


Call for Nominations for the Questioned Documents Section’s Ordway Hilton Award

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section is currently accepting nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This purpose of this award is to recognize sustained superior contributions to the Questioned Documents Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor […]


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 […]