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Remembering Nessa Rosenbaum

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD The California Association of Criminalists has announced the passing of Nessa Rosenbaum. On August 18, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer, Nessa passed away with family by her side. Nessa was 63 years of age and is survived by her sister Laura and brother Earl. Nessa began her career with […]


Call for Ordway Hilton Award Nominees

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair Greetings! The Questioned Documents Section is seeking nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This prestigious award is presented in the Questioned Documents Section to a Section Member, Fellow, or Retired Fellow who has made sustained, significant contributions to the field of Forensic Document Examination. The criteria for a […]


Pathology/Biology Section News—July 2019

Source: Chris Milroy, MD, LLB, Section Chair There is still time to complete Dr. William (Billo) Oliver’s survey! As mentioned in the June 2019 Pathology/Biology Newsfeed, Billo is conducting another salary survey. I encourage all forensic pathologists/medical examiners to take the survey. The link is available at: http://www.forensicpath.biz/survey; click on “2019 Salary Survey.” Please note […]


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee As we approach our abstract submission deadline, please note the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for later access online via video on demand. These recordings will most likely be a […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) July 2019 Update

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! As you know, last year’s changes to the structure and place of the YFSF within the Academy was a monumental transition and, in my experience while attending this past year’s Special Session, was a smashing success. We confirmed more than 140 attendees over the course of the […]


DEADLINE August 1—Digital & Multimedia Sciences Abstracts for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting

Sources: Douglas R. White, MS, Section Program Chair, and Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Be sure to submit your novel scientific abstracts by the August 1 deadline for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The AAFS DMS Section Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts describing scientific research or case studies related to […]


2020 IAFS 22nd Triennial Meeting Announcement

Source: Professor Claude Roux, PhD, FRSN, President, International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017-2020 The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) will be hosting the 22nd Triennial Meeting of IAFS (IAFS 2020) in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, September 21–25, […]


2019 Academy Meeting Highlights and Call for Papers for 2020 (YES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!)

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 1. There is no wiggle room. Please submit all abstracts for workshops, posters, and presentations via the AAFS website. If you have any questions, please contact your 2020 DMS Program Co-Chair Douglas White (douglas.white@nist.gov) or Section […]


New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination. This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


AAFS 2020 Deadlines Quickly Approaching!

Sources: Toxicology Section Officers and Program Committee With the 4th of July already past, important deadlines for AAFS 2020 in Anaheim, CA (February 17–22), are almost here. Please see hyperlinks below for detailed information. Abstract Submissions: August 1, 2019 Oral and Poster presentations, Workshops, Breakfast and Luncheon Sessions AAFS 2020 Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” Please […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


General Section News—July 2019

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary Baltimore was brilliant! Anaheim will be awesome! The 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Anaheim CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 17–22, 2020. President Zeno Geradts’s theme for this meeting is Crossing Borders. Baltimore’s brilliance was burnished by the hard work of Gina Londino-Smolar (2019 General […]


Diversity Matters

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Diversity Outreach Chair The popularity of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee is ever-increasing with dozens of eager members expressing their interest in contributing and serving. Appointments to this important Committee are for one year and although space on the Committee is limited, every member of the Academy is welcome to […]


Wellness at Work Survey

Sources: Helen Alesbury, MA, and Justin Goldstein, MA, Anthropology Section Student Affiliates While there exist numerous studies into the mental health and vicarious trauma of first responders and emergency workers, there are very few that look at the unique stresses of working in medicolegal death investigation and forensic sciences. Working in a medical examiner or […]