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DNAmix 2021—Request for Participation

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD CALLING ALL DNA ANALYSTS QUESTION—If two labs are given the same mixture (as an electropherogram) and the same person of interest, how consistent are the statistical responses and categorical interpretations? And what factors explain any differences in responses? DNAmix2021 is a large-scale independent study being conducted to evaluate the extent of […]


Annual Meeting – Know Before You Go

The AAFS 2021 Virtual Meeting is being hosted through the VFairs Virtual Event Platform (https://aafs2021.vfairs.com/). You will log on to the VFairs platform to access all presentations including your own. Like in past years, you must register to attend the meeting. All meeting attendees and speakers will receive login information directly from VFairs by Sunday, February […]


Section Business Meetings and Voting

As a reminder, the Section Business Meetings are next week. You MUST be registered for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in order to attend any Section Business Meeting. Below are the dates and times of each Section Business Meeting (all times are set in Central Time): Monday, February 8 11:00 a.m.       Jurisprudence Section 2:00 p.m.  […]


Carol Henderson Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Carol E. Henderson, JD, will be honored posthumously at the 73rd American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting with the Academy’s highest honor—the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the Gradwohl Award were set […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2020–2021 Distinguished Fellow Recipient

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran, MD, has been named as the recipient of the 2021 Distinguished Fellow Award.  The award will be presented to Dr. Sathyavagiswaran at the 2022 Annual Business Meeting in Seattle, WA. Dr. Sathyavagiswaran was elected into membership in the Pathology/Biology Section […]


FEPAC Call for Comments on Proposed Update to Standard 3.5 Faculty

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & 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 […]


2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration […]


AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Documents for review

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair The ASB recently recirculated four documents that may be of interest: Comments will be accepted on the following documents until January 18, 2021: ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition ASB Standard 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—December 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting We are all excited about AAFS having its first Virtual Conference with the VFairs platform February 15-19, 2021. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. With pre-registration having a discount of 50% off and loads of meeting features […]


AAFS Anthropology Section Call for Nominations

The AAFS Anthropology Section Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021-22 Program Co-Chair. The Nominating Committee consists of the past four Section Chairs, the current Section Chair, and the Anthropology Board of Directors representative. The past and current Section Chairs will serve as voting members and the Board representative will serve in an advisory […]


T. Dale Stewart Award Call for Nominations

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, Anthropology Section Secretary Please email any nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Kristen Hartnett-McCann (dr.khartnett@gmail.com) by February 1. Please see the following information excerpted from the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding this award. The T. Dale Stewart Award is an award presented to a current, former, or retired member, […]


Executive Committee (a.k.a. Academy Holiday Merriment Elves) December 2020 Wishes

To all Academy Members, a very sincere thank you for your dedication to society, your work, your Academy volunteering and support, and perseverance during 2020 and all the challenges we have had to overcome. Our professions have asked a great deal of us while we have also had to “be present” for our family, friends, […]


Questioned Documents Nominations for Section Officers

Source: Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, Section Nominating Committee Chair The Questioned Documents Section Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for Section Officers. The Section Chair and Section Secretary are two-year terms; however, the Policy and Procedure Manual requires an annual vote for both positions. Current Section Chair Karen Nobles and Section Secretary Linda Mitchell are one […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—Call for Scientific Session Moderators

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section to moderate 1.5-hour session blocks during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 18–19, 2020. We are looking to fill the following time slots: Thursday, February 18: 9:00 a.m. Central Time 10:30 a.m. Central Time […]