News Related to: Committees


The Criminalistics Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Program Chair, and Jason L. Linder, MFS, Criminalistics Program Co-Chair As agencies are gearing up to fund AAFS meeting attendance in Anaheim, CA, the Criminalistics Section wants to announce some highlights of this robust program: The Criminalistics I track will provide DNA papers on Thursday and Friday that cover […]


CFSO Flash Brief—September and October Issues

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The 2019 September and October issues of the Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) newsletter are now available. Click the following links for full editions. CFSO News – September 2019 CFSO News – October 2019


Anthropology Section Announces Diversity & Inclusion Travel Award

Sources: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, and Cate E. Bird, PhD, Anthropology Section Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Increasing and sustaining diversity and inclusion are important goals for the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Anthropology Section’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee recognizes that the engagement of scholars with varied backgrounds, experiences, and […]


United States Department of Justice Interim Policy on Forensic Genetic Genealogical DNA Analysis and Searching Announced

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President The Department of Justice has just announced at the International Symposium on Human Identification a new interim policy on forensic genetic genealogical DNA analysis and searching. This interim policy becomes effective November 1, 2019. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the policy before it becomes a […]


2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing—Final Testimony and Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


FEPAC Selects New Commissioners

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator At a recent meeting, two new Commissioners were selected to serve on the AAFS Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). A. Karl Larsen, Jr. will be replacing Robert E. Gaensslen as Academician Commissioner while Heidi Eldridge will be replacing Daniel E. Katz as Practitioner Commissioner. Pursuant 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 […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Forensic Science Standards Updates

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 4.11 Review of Standards, FEPAC is tasked to conduct ongoing and comprehensive reviews of its accreditation standards to verify they adequately evaluate educational quality and are relevant to the education needs of […]


Call for Ordway Hilton Award Nominees

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair Greetings! The Questioned Documents Section is seeking nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This prestigious award is presented in the Questioned Documents Section to a Section Member, Fellow, or Retired Fellow who has made sustained, significant contributions to the field of Forensic Document Examination. The criteria for a […]


The Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2019–20 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient

The Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to award Pamela Carman with the 2019-20 Warren-Young Scholarship. This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school levels and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications […]


2019 Academy Meeting Highlights and Call for Papers for 2020 (YES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!)

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 1. There is no wiggle room. Please submit all abstracts for workshops, posters, and presentations via the AAFS website. If you have any questions, please contact your 2020 DMS Program Co-Chair Douglas White (douglas.white@nist.gov) or Section […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


AAFS 2020 Deadlines Quickly Approaching!

Sources: Toxicology Section Officers and Program Committee With the 4th of July already past, important deadlines for AAFS 2020 in Anaheim, CA (February 17–22), are almost here. Please see hyperlinks below for detailed information. Abstract Submissions: August 1, 2019 Oral and Poster presentations, Workshops, Breakfast and Luncheon Sessions AAFS 2020 Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” Please […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


General Section News—July 2019

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary Baltimore was brilliant! Anaheim will be awesome! The 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Anaheim CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 17–22, 2020. President Zeno Geradts’s theme for this meeting is Crossing Borders. Baltimore’s brilliance was burnished by the hard work of Gina Londino-Smolar (2019 General […]


11th ISABS Conference a Huge Success!

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President, and Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, AAFS International Affairs Committee Chair Founded by Dragan Primorac, the 11th International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) Conference, which is an association academy of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), had a very successful meeting in Split, Croatia, June 17–22. In partnership […]


Diversity Matters

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Diversity Outreach Chair The popularity of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee is ever-increasing with dozens of eager members expressing their interest in contributing and serving. Appointments to this important Committee are for one year and although space on the Committee is limited, every member of the Academy is welcome to […]