News Related to: Interdisciplinary


Toxicology Section News – June 2017

Sources: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Program Chair, and Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Summer has officially arrived and it’s time for some important updates! Four months have passed since the very successful AAFS 2017 meeting in New Orleans and preparations are accelerating for another exciting program at the AAFS 70th Annual Scientific […]


2018 Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center.  The theme for the upcoming meeting is Science Matters.  The deadline for abstract submission is August 1!  Presenting authors […]


2017 Interdisciplinary Symposium Registration

Source:  Linton A. Mohammed, PhD, Interdisciplinary Symposium Co-Chair The 2017 AAFS Interdisciplinary Symposium will be held on Tuesday, February 14. The theme of the Interdisciplinary Symposium is “The Evolution of Daubert and Its Effects on the Forensic Sciences.”  Attendees will hear from a stellar lineup of speakers including judges, attorneys, academics, and practitioners. The speakers […]


Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


Toxicology Section News – July 2016

Sources: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Section Program Chair, and William Johnson, BA, Section Program Co-Chair It’s difficult to believe three months have passed since our incredibly successful 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV. Our sincerest thanks to all the Toxicology Section officers, chairs, co-chairs, moderators, abstract reviewers, sponsors, and volunteers for your efforts. […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Toxicology Section News – November 2015

Sources:  Fiona Couper, PhD, Section Program Chair, and Nikolas Lemos, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair We are now only a few months away from the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, and many events and sessions centered around the Transformation: Embracing Change theme. The program is now finalized and we are once again looking forward […]


Pathology/Biology Section News – November 2015

  Source:  Jim L. Caruso, MD, Section Secretary The 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting Program Chairs have been busy putting together what promises to be an educational and informative week for us in Las Vegas and our own Joyce deJong is no exception. Dr. deJong has finished her initial review of the abstracts, and attendees will be […]


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), […]


It’s Time to Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way – Criminalistics Section

Source:  John J. Lentini, BA, Section Chair The theme of this year’s Academy meeting, Transformation: Embracing Change, could not be more appropriate or timely. Today’s forensic scientists are living in interesting times. The profession is changing rapidly, and those who do not embrace change are destined to be run over by it. It has been […]


Transformation:  Embracing Change – Anthropology Section

Source:  Angi M. Christensen, PhD, Section Secretary Forensic anthropologists know a thing or two about transformation. We know it as evolution. Not only have we studied it as academics, we have experienced it as a discipline. We understand the driving principles and underlying forces, and we know the potential consequences. In the context of anthropology […]


Odontology Section News – September 2015

Source:  Iain A. Pretty, DDS, PhD, Section Chair As we begin looking towards fall, Adam Freeman has been busy organizing the scientific program for the 2016 annual meeting in Las Vegas. I am sure it will be a great collection of research, case reports, and thought-provoking presentations. There is no doubt that the scientific program […]


President’s Message – September 2015

Source:  Victor W. Weedn, MD, JD, 2015-16 President The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) has awarded $1.5M to the Academy to establish a Standards Development Organization (SDO). I believe that this is strategic for our organization’s future and critical to our forensic science community now. Although forensic medicine and toxicology have origins from many […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section News – September 2015

Source:  Marcus K. Rogers, PhD, Section Secretary As is usual for the fall newsletter, the focus is on membership. Our section is continuing to grow with our total number (latest stats available) now at 138. This is exceptional given our humble beginnings! The specifics of our membership are as follows: Fellows  24 Members  22 Associate […]


2015 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient Announced

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the first winner of the 2015-16 FSF Warren-Young Scholarship:  Nancy Iaukea, MEd.  Ms. Iaukea is a science teacher at Pahoa High and Intermediate on the Big Island of Hawaii.  She teaches grades 7-12 in a community that has faced many challenges due to lack of infrastructure, public transportation, […]


A Word From Your 2016 Program Co-Chair

Source: Julie A. Howe, MBA, 2016 Annual Meeting Program Co-Chair This is an exciting and challenging time for forensic science as substantive changes are being proposed for all disciplines with the formation of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSACs). […]