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NIST Publishes Review of Digital Forensic Methods

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published Digital Investigation Techniques: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review. This draft report, which will be open for public comment for 60 days, reviews the methods that digital forensic experts use to analyze evidence from computers, mobile phones, and other electronic […]


Academy Aperçus—May 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


Ethics Committee Findings

The AAFS Board of Directors received a report from the Ethics Committee recommending that João De Sousa, an Associate Member of the General Section, be expelled. On January 12, 2022, the Board voted and approved the recommendation for expulsion. Mr. De Sousa has been notified of the outcome.


In Memoriam—Richard A. Weems

Richard A. Weems, DMD, MS, D-ABFO, a native of Birmingham, AL, passed away on March 4, 2022. He received his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in 1977. He served for two years as a dental officer in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC, practiced general […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Source: Tate Yeatman, MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships Committee Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2022. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology […]


Academy Aperçus—April 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Apercus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


Fellow Larry A. Olson Honored With the Questioned Document Section’s “Maureen Casey-Owens Award” for 2022

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents Section presents the Maureen Casey-Owens Award to honor the Best Paper or Poster given at the annual scientific conference. The presentations are judged by several members who are selected by the section’s Awards Committee Chair. The award […]


Updated Bylaws Available

Source: Kimberly Wrasse, Assistant Director Updated AAFS Bylaws have been posted to the website HERE.  The bylaws amendments that were approved and recommended by the Board of Directors were approved by the voting membership at the AAFS Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.  Here is a brief synopsis of those amendments: Article I. MEMBERS […]


Academy Apercus—March 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President Welcome to the Academy Apercus, a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, […]


In Memory of Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth Gil

Source: John J. Ross, Jr., MFS, Homeland Security Investigations Forensic Laboratory Unit Chief The Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Forensic Laboratory mourns the passing of AAFS Questioned Documents Section Associate Member and Senior Forensic Document Examiner Elizabeth “Lisa” Gil. Lisa fought a courageous battle with cancer and was surrounded by her family when she passed on […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2022

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including: Eleanor Vo Annual Conference Diversity Outreach Committee Educational Activities Upcoming Conferences Recent Publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences   Dr. Eleanor Vo I would like to start by acknowledging the memory […]


President’s Spotlight—Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section

Source: Marcus Rogers, PhD, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Board Representative We have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections 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 […]


Toxicology Section Update

Source: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, Section Chair With the 2022 Annual Conference only one month away, there are a few things members of the AAFS Toxicology Section need to know. The first ever AAFS hybrid meeting will be held February 21-25, 2022 in Seattle, WA or a device of your choice! We are excited to announce […]


Toxicology Section Officer Nominations

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Nominating Committee The nominating committee consisting of Sherri Kacinko, Nick Tiscione, and Doug Rohde have unanimously agreed to the following 2022 nominations:         Section Chair—Madeleine Swortwood         Section Secretary—Amanda Mohr         Awards and Scholarship Committee—Jennifer Colby We look forward to seeing everyone at the February […]


President’s Spotlight—General Section

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, General Section Board Representative During the year, we have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections 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 […]


Passing of Dr. Paula Brumit

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Secretary It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Dr. Paula Brumit passed away last Friday, December 17, 2021. Dr. Brumit’s contributions to forensic odontology were considerable. Dr. Brumit was actively engaged in both the American Board of Forensic Odontology and the American Academy of […]