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In Memory of William D. Haglund, PhD

Sources: Allysha P. Winburn, PhD, Section Secretary, Constantine Eliopoulos, PhD, and Marcella H. Sorg, PhD It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Haglund, an exceptional forensic anthropologist and humanitarian. Bill was born in Duluth, MN, in 1943 and spent much of his childhood with his grandparents in Baker, OR. While […]


Final Call for General Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary To all General section members, this is a final call. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a final call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in […]


President’s Spotlight—Stable Isotope Forensics: Applications to Unidentified Human Remains Cases

During the year, we will present presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline. Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative technology or research. These are presented to inform all […]


American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Field Testing—Foundational Knowledge Exam

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President On August 2, the ABC began the lengthy process of field testing the new Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE). Qualifications: Education:  There is no post-secondary educational requirement to sit for the examination; however, a background in natural science (e.g., chemical, physical, or biological science) or forensic science is […]


Again Calling All DNA Analysts

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD This message is being shared with AAFS at the request of the study organizers. To all DNAmix interested parties, We are pleased to announce open registration for the previously mentioned DNAmix 2021 study. The DNAmix study website is at https://dnamix.edgeaws.noblis.org/. Please log in there and complete the registration and configuration. NOTE: […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 4.3 Program Director

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies and Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a bachelor’s […]


Standard Spotlight: Forensic Toxicology Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat ANSI/ASB Standard 120, First Edition, 2021 The newest standard from the American National Standards Institute/Academy Standards Board (ANSI/ASB), The Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Blood in Impaired Driving Investigations, First Edition, 2021, sets a new critical precedent in impaired driving investigations. The National […]


AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—New Student Research Award for 2022

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS) is excited to announce a new “Outstanding Student Research Award” that will be added at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle in 2022. The Outstanding Student Research Award is designed to recognize and encourage research contributions to the field […]


Odontology Section News—Upcoming Deadlines

Source: Denise Murmann, DDS,  AAFS Odontology Section Program Chair Historically, August 1 was the deadline for AAFS abstract submissions. That is no longer the case. The deadline is now September 1. The submission process is new as well. You can find submission guidelines HERE. At the bottom of that page is the link to the online abstract submission system. Another […]


Call for Abstracts for a Special Session

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Section Chair The abstract deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts are due by September 1, so make sure you get them submitted in time so you don’t miss out! Within the Criminalistics scientific program next year in Seattle, we want to have a special session jointly with the Anthropology Section […]


Joint Interdisciplinary Session for the Upcoming 2022 AAFS Conference—Digital & Multimedia Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section and the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section are planning a joint interdisciplinary session for the upcoming 2022 AAFS conference. Some ideas discussed include presenting case studies involving digital evidence as well as related information/research from a behavioral science perspective. […]


Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards for 2022 Due August 15

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary General Section Colleagues, The General Section continues to accept nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. […]


California Association of Toxicologists Virtual Meeting on August 4-5, 2021

Sources: Sabra Jones, MS, Toxicology Section Chair  The California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) is holding its first virtual meeting on August 4-5, 2021. It is a two-day FREE event that anyone can sign up for. Continuing Education credits will be available. Click HERE for full agenda. To register for this free event, go to: https://caot.wildapricot.org/event-4136076 […]


In Memoriam—James E. Starrs, JD

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Jurisprudence Section Fellow Professor Emeritus James E. Starrs was a man of principle. He was never afraid to speak his mind, take the other side of an argument, or challenge the status quo. He frequently said, “If the wind is not against you, it is not blowing.” We knew we […]