News Related to: Criminalistics


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


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), […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


2019 Annual Meeting Highlight Videos Available

Videos from the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore are now available to view. Immediate Past President Susan Ballou’s video highlights important topics from her presidential term with the Academy, and President Zeno Geradts discusses his vision and goals during his 2019-20 term. The 2019 Plenary Session was well attended and included topics from three […]


2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting a Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. There were more than 4,000 attendees, 564 Oral Presentations, and 446 Poster Presentations. There were more than 450 international attendees representing 63 countries around the world. Please visit the 2019 Annual Meeting follow-up page where you will find Continuing Education […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Recertification Deadline Extended

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS Criminalistics Liaison to the ABC Board of Directors The ABC Board of Directors recognizes that the recertification process has become burdensome and has created significant challenges for our certificants. We are actively overhauling the recertification process. The Board has approved the following interim changes as we work to improve the recertification […]


Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the associations represented in the […]


Forensic Magazine Highlight the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Forensic Magazine, which seeks, identifies, and reports on topics that matter to forensic professionals, has chosen to write a preview of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore next month, February 18–23. The preview highlights intriguing topics, unusual cases, […]


Who Will Win the 2019 Academy Cup?

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair Who will win this year’s Academy Cup—that shining beacon of forensic knowledge that the winning team will earn? Bragging rights are included. Will it be your section? Will you be a participant? Contact your section team captain to be included. The Academy Cup will be held Wednesday, […]


Preview of Criminalistics Sessions in Baltimore, MD

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair The 2019 AAFS Annual Meeting is just around the corner. To whet your appetite, here is a preview of the sessions and activities being offered by the Criminalistics Section. There are a variety of Breakfast Seminars and Workshops from which to choose, covering topics ranging from psychoactive substances to […]


The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]


In Memoriam: Raymond J. Prime, PhD

It is with heavy sorrow and reverence that the Criminalistics section reports the loss of Dr. Raymond Prime, former director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. He was a distinguished member of the fire science community. He passed away on October 15, 2018, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The following is a post from his colleague […]


Forensic DNA Specialist Arthur Eisenberg, PhD, Passes Away

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair It is with sadness and utmost respect that the Criminalistics Section reports the passing of Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, former co-director of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center for Human Identification. Dr. Eisenberg had been deeply involved in forensic genetics research and teaching for more than 30 years. […]


Daniel Mabel 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 Daniel E. Mabel, MS, a Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Betty Layne DesPortes, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, during the […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Amanda J. Gonzalez, BA, was awarded the 2018-19 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, “Developing a Single-Cell Interpretation Strategy for Forensically Relevant Loci.” The award consists of: $1,700, a plaque presented at the Criminalistics Section Business Meeting, complimentary meeting registration […]