News Related to: NIJ


National Commission on Forensic Science

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative The Department of Justice extended an invitation to the AAFS to attend the 13th Meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) in Washington, DC, on April 10-11. As the Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative, I was given the privilege of […]


NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY 2017

NEW SOLICITATION ANNOUNCEMENT: National Institute of Justice NIJ Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime FY2017 Application Deadline: March 23, 2017 Funding: Estimate $1.5 million for multiple grant awards under two categories Solicitation: https://nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12043.pdf The Drugs and Crime Research Program furthers the Department’s crime prevention and law enforcement goals by supporting research on drug-related crime […]


Criminalistics Section Membership Update – National Science Foundation

Source: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Workshop Co-Chair As the attendees of the 2016 Criminalistics Section Business Meeting are aware, there wasn’t enough time to cover all of the desired section liaison updates. Because of this, throughout this coming year the section leadership will provide updates for groups that either were not able to present during the […]


Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium hosted by NIJ Forensic Technology Center of Excellence

Don’t Miss This Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium! Scientific research is being used to strengthen forensic science disciplines and develop new methods and tools for crime laboratories. Learn about the latest findings/developments during the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium (formerly referred to as the NIJ Grantees Meeting). This […]


Interdisciplinary Symposium announces new Keynote Speaker

UPDATE:  AAFS regrets that Howard Schmidt is unable to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Interdisciplinary Symposium during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.  However, AAFS is delighted to announce that Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Justice, has agreed to deliver the keynote address titled “Strengthening Forensic Science at […]


Policy Page – January 2016

Legislation: Source: Victor Weedn, MD, JD, AAFS 2015-16 President It seems that frustration has been growing within Washington circles about the lack of forensic science reform. Simultaneously, in the wake of more police shootings, there has been increasing consensus for a need for criminal justice reform that may subsume forensic science reform. Regardless, this year […]


SFPE Selects AAFS Criminalistics Section Chair John Lentini as 2015 Person of the Year

On November 10, 2015, AAFS Criminalistics Section Chair John Lentini was honored by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) as its 2015 “Person of the Year.” This prestigious award was based on the following nomination, submitted to SFPE by Dr. Craig Beyler: John Lentini has been a motivating force in the reform of the […]


Interdisciplinary Symposium to Speak to Adopting Innovative Science and Technology

Source: Marla Carroll, 2016 IDS Co-Chair Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas! So say the signs entering the self-proclaimed “Entertainment Capital of the World.” In keeping with that spirit, one of the feature acts for the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting will be the Interdisciplinary Symposium.  A slate of marquee names have been confirmed for a very […]


President’s Message – November 2015

Source: Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 AAFS President Gearing up to become a Standards Development Organization (SDO) is dominating the myriad of activities of the Academy, but appropriately so. Standards-setting is a dominant activity in the forensic sciences community and the Academy has the strength and depth to step into a critical supportive role […]


NIJ Posts Two Funding Opportunities in the Area of Forensic Science Research and Development

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the research agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, is pleased to announce the posting of two funding opportunities in the area of forensic science research and development: Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics These programs […]


FEPAC Will Expand the Scope of Its Accreditation Activities

The Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC ) came into being as a forensic science program accrediting body as the result of a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) -sponsored Technical Working Group on Education (TWGED). The focus was on criminalistics programs, those concerned primarily with training laboratory scientists in biology, chemistry, and trace- and […]


General: Successful Collaborations in Forensic Science

Source: Steven Clark, PhD, Section Program Chair The theme of this year’s Academy meeting, Celebrating the Forensic Science Family, is an opportunity to recognize the efforts “family” members have made to the disciplines represented by the various sections in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences as well as the collaborative contributions members have made to […]