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Why Do We Need an SDO if We Have the OSAC?

Bradford J. Wing, MS, Secretariat, AAFS Standards Board SDO is a term meaning Standards Development Organization. OSAC stands for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees. The AAFS has established an SDO called the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) that works closely with OSAC to develop voluntary consensus standards, technical reports, and best practice recommendations. OSAC is […]


AAFS Fellow Meets Members of The Royal Family

Last week, Susan Ballou, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) program manager for forensic science, attended the opening of the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee in the United Kingdom, where she had the opportunity to meet The Royal Family members Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


Seventh Annual Prescriptions for Criminal Justice Forensics Conference – June 3, 2016

The American Bar Association (ABA) Criminal Justice Section and the Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics brings together expert academics, prosecutors, defense lawyers, judges, scientists, and others to discuss forensic evidence and its impact on criminal justice. Speakers include representatives from the Department of Justice, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and […]


Toxicology Section News – April 2016

Source: Dan T. Anderson, MS, Section Chair Rounding out the last of the disciplines to report on how wonderful the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas was…would be, of course, Toxicology. “Recovery” is a word that is still being used and it’s a month later! A tremendous thanks to our Section Program Chairs […]


A Word From Your 2017 Program Chair

Source: Julie A. Howe, MBA, Program Chair The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting was well attended with more than 4,500 attendees with more than 650 international attendees from 69 countries taking part in annual meeting activities in Las Vegas. In addition, there were 121 exhibiting companies in attendance. The warmer temperatures were appreciated by those from […]


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 […]


Transformation: Embracing Change – General Section, January 2016

Source:  Joanna Collins, Section Secretary Change is inevitable; you can adapt and overcome or you can resist and risk becoming unnecessary and obsolete. President Weedn’s theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Transformation: Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the mantra for the General Section and the overall field of forensic science. The […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News – January 2016

Source:  Marcus K. Rogers, PhD, Section Secretary By the time this month’s newsletter is released, it will be one month before the annual meeting in Las Vegas. The program committee has done an excellent job of reviewing the submissions and this year’s program looks like another home run for our section. The Digital & Multimedia […]


Odontology Section Update

Source: John P. Kenney, DDS, MS Registration for the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas is available online.  The pre-registration deadline is January 27, 2016. An outstanding group of papers has been selected by Section Program Chair, Adam Freeman. The American Society of Forensic Odontology (ASFO) Program on Tuesday will cover important work accomplished […]


Policy Page – November 2015

Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations Sources:  Victor Weedn, MD, JD, CFSO Liaison and Beth Lavach, CFSO Advocate The primary news concerning forensic science reform legislation is that it appears that there is more significant discussion than in the past between the Republicans and Democrats and between the House and the Senate.  This would suggest that […]


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 […]


Criminalistics Section News – November 2015

  Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Secretary It’s fall when everyone’s thoughts should be turning to…making sure their plans are coming together to attend the AAFS 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas (February 22-27, 2016)! With the Transformation:  Embracing Change meeting theme, you can be certain the meeting will be energizing and thought-provoking. […]


A Word From Your 2016 Program Co-Chair – November 2015

  Source:  Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair President Weedn’s theme of Transformation:  Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for forensic science efforts progress and the AAFS is making huge strides to become an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited Standards Development Organization (SDO), […]