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Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Information for New Orleans

Source:  Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Secretary, and Jeff M. Smith, MS, Section Program Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section officers would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans next month. Thanks to the many fine abstract contributions, […]


General Section Theme Article

Source:  Dayle L. Hinman, BS Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science Many people spend their careers immersed in the day-to day-activities and challenges of their chosen profession.  Special indeed are those individuals who have the ability to share effectively their knowledge and abilities to better the wider professional community.  Remarkable is […]


General Section News & Reminders

Source:  Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary January 2017 As we bid farewell to 2016 and look forward to 2017, the General Section Officers want to wish our membership a Happy New Year.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans next month at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting.  On Wednesday, February 15, […]


T. Dale Stewart Award and Other Items

Source: Gregory Berg, PhD, Section Chair Good Morning Anthropology! I would like to call your attention again to the T. Dale Stewart Award. Nominations for this award are due to the Section Officers no later than December 31. Please forward your nominations as soon as possible as the committee that evaluates these materials will be meeting shortly! […]


PCAST Request and Request for Hair Analysis Publications by Laura Fulginiti

Source:  Eric S. Lander, PhD Hello, Anthropology Section members, As you may already know, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences received the following letter from PCAST: 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 […]


Criminalistics Section News — December 2016

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Louis Armstrong’s and Jelly Roll Morton’s jazz notes are echoing in my head more and more often as the AAFS annual meeting in New Orleans draws nearer! The theme of this upcoming meeting is extremely inspiring — Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science. We all have cultivated our own perspectives […]


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 […]


The Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation

Source: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, AAFS Past President AAFS Criminalistics Section Fellow Henry Lee was honored with the unveiling of the Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation in his birthplace of Rugao, China, on November 5.  The museum showcases ten major cases Dr. Lee has worked on and also presents a history of forensic science. Additional features are a case […]


The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, Seeks a New Director for the C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary The University of Florida, Department of Anthropology, enthusiastically announces the search for a new director of the internationally renowned C.A. Pound Human Identification Laboratory (http://www.poundlab.org/). An appointment will be made at the associate or full professor level, commensurate with the top candidate’s experience. This position will begin in Fall […]


Anthropology Announcements and News

Source: Kate Spradley, PhD, Section Secretary Hello, Anthropology Section, The AAFS 69th Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. Abstract acceptance/rejection notifications are available through the AAFS portal. We would like to thank our program committee (Vincent Stefan and Elizabeth Miller) and abstract reviewers for working hard to put together our program. Announcements: Please […]


CNN Is Seeking On-Screen Forensic Science Experts From Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair   CNN is seeking forensic science experts from diverse backgrounds who will be available in the United States for an on-screen presence in a new crime series. CNN has contacted Nikolas Lemos (Toxicology Section Fellow and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion ad hoc Committee) and has […]


Toxicology Section News: Meet a Real Medicine Woman in “The Big Easy”!

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair With just a few months separating us from the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in “The Big Easy” (beautiful New Orleans, LA), preparations are underway to deliver an educational and cutting-edge program in accordance with this year’s theme: Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science. […]


Data Integrity in Forensic Science and Engineering

Source: David Pienkowski, PhD, Program Chair The integrity of scientific methods, resulting data, and objectivity of forensic investigators has been called into question. A recent (9/19/16) Wall Street Journal article titled, “Rejecting Voodoo Science in the Courtroom,” prefaced the release of a study by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). This […]


AAFS Fellow Haskell Pitluck Honored at ANZFSS Symposium

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Director AAFS Jurisprudence Section Fellow Haskell Pitluck was honored with the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the recent Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Congratulations, Judge Pitluck! The presentation, The Status of Bite Mark Evidence in the United […]


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]


Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents. ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following […]