News Related to: External Organizations


Toxicology Section News—May 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Communities for Forensic Sciences (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee recently released a draft document titled “Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.” Click here to access the document. This document has been accepted by the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for development as an American […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Policing: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, randomized controlled trial (RCT) studies of approaches to the challenges of policing in the United States that address the strategic priorities and objectives identified in NIJ’s Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017-2022


NIJ Research and Evaluation on the Administration of Justice: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding for investigator-initiated, interdisciplinary research and evaluation projects related to the administration of justice in three areas: (1) eyewitness evidence; (2) police deflection strategies; and (3) forensic science testimony. Applications that fall outside these three priority areas will not be considered. This solicitation aims to […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation in Safety, Health, and Wellness in the Criminal Justice System: Fiscal Year 2019

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) will seek applications for funding of multidisciplinary research projects addressing four topics: The cumulative effects of shift-work schedules, overtime, and secondary employment on the health, safety, performance, and quality of life of police or correctional officers. Enhancing strategies for officer interaction with individuals presenting with mental […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime: Fiscal Year 2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for State, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


New NIJ Solicitation: Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program

With this solicitation, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks proposals to strengthen the medical examiner/coroner (ME/C) system in the United States. NIJ’s ME/C program is a competitive program designed to support the enhancement of Medicolegal-Death-Investigation services, and increase the supply of forensic pathologists nationwide. Through this program, NIJ will support grants in two focus […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2019

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) seeks applications for funding of rigorous applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, tribal, and local law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies that address drug trafficking, drug markets, and drug-related violence. The research focus of this solicitation is criminal investigation, prosecution, drug intelligence, and community […]


President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]


A New Forensic Standard From the AAFS Standards Board (ASB)

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The ASB is pleased to announce the publication of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) /ASB Standard 020, Standard for Validation Studies of DNA Mixtures, and Development and Verification of a Laboratory’s Mixture Interpretation Protocol, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced through ASB’s DNA Consensus Body in a consensus […]


In Memoriam: Gregory S. Golden, DDS

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Board of Directors Representative Forensic science, and odontology in particular, lost a great colleague, scientist, and mentor with the passing of Greg Golden of Rancho Cucamonga, CA, on August 21. Greg was a colleague, friend, and mentor to many in the odontology community. He served in various […]


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Publishes Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), announced a new resource for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the resource page serves as a single […]


The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) Seeks Your Support

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, HHRRC Laboratory and Analysis Protocols Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (AAFS HHRRC) has seen incredible growth in support since its inauguration at the 2015 AAFS Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL. The Center seeks to utilize the assets of the AAFS to promote the […]


The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) Applauds the Department of Justice for Creation of Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG)

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CFSO Liaison The CFSO praises the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Principal Deputy Director Dr. Howard Spivak for his comments at the American Society of Crime Lab Director’s 45th Annual Symposium on May 24 and his announcement regarding the Department of Justice (DOJ) formation of a Forensic Laboratory Needs […]


Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) FY2018 Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program (COAP) Solicitation and Webinar on May 15, 2018

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS, Senior Policy Analyst, National Institute of Justice Please see the information below regarding the recently posted Department of Justice (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-Based Program FY 2018 Competitive Grant Announcement.” An informational webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 […]


OSAC Invites Professional Organizations to Comment on ASTM Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Organization of Scientific Area Communities (OSAC), housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently invited OSAC professional association representatives to share information on OSAC events with their members. The invitation highlighted the opportunity to comment on inclusion of two forensic related standards, published […]


NIJ’s FY2018 Solicitation for Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) drugs and crime portfolio supports research on law enforcement efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, and address illegal drug trafficking, markets, and use. This FY2018 solicitation will seek investigator-initiated proposals to conduct applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, local, and […]