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Lavinia Iancu Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Lavinia Iancu, PhD, an Associate Member in the Pathology/Biology Section. The award will be presented by John Gerns, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, during the AAFS Annual Business […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science – September 2017

Source:  Dean Michael De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary Dear Colleagues, Summer is coming to a close and preparations are underway for our next annual meeting in February in Seattle, WA. Program Chair Paul Fedoroff and Program Co-Chair Sebastien Prat have assembled an innovative and stimulating schedule in line with this year’s topic of Science Matters. […]


Hurricane Irma: A Message From the AAFS Officers and Staff

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues throughout Florida who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


Judge Roderick T. Kennedy Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary   Roderick T. Kennedy, JD, has received the University of Toledo College of Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2017. This prestigious award recognizes his accomplishments, contributions, and leadership to society and the legal community. The award will be presented during the University of Toledo’s Homecoming Festivities on October 6, […]


Hurricane Harvey: A Message from the Officers and Staff of AAFS

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in Louisiana and Texas, particularly in the Houston area, who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


The Department of Justice (DOJ) Announces Uniform Language Projects, Appointment of Senior Advisor on Forensics

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The DOJ today announced two new projects relating to forensic science. The projects will develop guidelines for examiner testimony and reports and will implement a testimony-monitoring program to ensure compliance with the uniform language standards. The DOJ press release announcing the projects is here. Deputy Attorney […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Poster or Bring Your Own Slides

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair The BYOP and BYOS organizers are excited about your abstract submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA! The BYOP and BYOS sessions provide young forensic scientists the opportunity […]


Just a Few More Days to Submit!

Source: Christine Haskell, JD, Section Program Chair There are only a few more days until the August 1 deadline to submit an abstract for the Academy’s 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA (February 19-24, 2018)! Your submission may be for an oral presentation, a poster presentation, a workshop, or even a breakfast seminar. Presenting at […]


AAFS Fellow Sheri Mecklenburg Receives the Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary On July 17, 2017, at the 19th Annual Pro Bono Public Service Awards Luncheon, Sheri Mecklenburg (Fellow, Jurisprudence Section) was recognized by the Chicago Bar Association as one of the “unsung heroes in the legal profession.” The Richard J. Phelan Public Service Award honors attorneys who have dedicated a significant portion of […]


Criminalistics Section News – Ready, Set, …

Program Chair Patrick Buzzini and Co-Chair Noelle Umback are eager to begin reviewing the plethora of abstracts submitted for the upcoming 2018 AAFS annual meeting in Seattle, WA. They have lined up 30 reviewers in various areas of criminalistics who will dedicate their time and expertise to help select the best abstracts. If you are […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session 2018

Sources: Amanda R. Hale, MA, YFSF Special Session Chair and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Special Session Co-Chair The 2018 YFSF Special Session is coming along great. This year’s Special Session organizers, Amanda Hale (arhale@ncsu.edu) and Zain Bhaloo (zainbhaloo.yfsf@gmail.com), want to thank everyone who volunteered to present at this year’s meeting! There were many fantastic volunteers […]


Wake Up to Professional Development… and Bacon!

Source: Alex Krotulski, MSFS, Breakfast Session Chair YFSF Breakfast Session This year’s Breakfast Session Chair and Co-Chair, Alex Krotulski and Erin Houston, have been hard at work planning the 2018 Breakfast Session set to take place in Seattle, WA. The chairs have come up with a creative theme and agenda for the session, started to […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Fundraising

Source: Vienna C. Lam, BA, Financial Liaison Chair YFSF Finance Fundraising for next year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) has begun! This year, the Financial Liaison Chair is Vienna Lam from the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University. Vienna hopes to raise enough money to cover the cost of the YFSF workshop for […]


General Section Call for Papers

Sources: Gina Londino, MS, Program Chair and Steven L. Downs, MFS, Program Co-Chair General Section members, it is time to submit your abstracts for presentations at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS annual meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State […]


Criminalistics Section News – July 2017

Sources: Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS, Section Chair, and Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Secretary First and foremost, this opportunity should be taken to thank several individuals who have been critical contributors to the success of our section over the past year. A debt of gratitude is owed by our current Chair to our immediate Past […]