News Related to: NIJ


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 […]