News Related to: Criminalistics


American Board of Criminalistics Announcement for Recertification Committee

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is currently soliciting interest for joining the Recertification Committee. You must be currently ABC certified and in good standing, and at minimum, have submitted Recertification Paperwork in 2019 for Reporting Year 2018. You can earn one recertification point for each year of […]


The Criminalistics Regional Association Committee Needs YOU

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Nominating Committee Chair The Regional Association Committee (RAC) within the Criminalistics section provides an opportunity for the regional societies, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), Southwestern Association of Forensic […]


Anaheim, Here We Come!

Source: Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Secretary Now that we are into the new year of 2020, it’s only a few short weeks until we are all together in February in warm, sunny Anaheim, CA (February 17–22)! With that in mind, please think about your hotel accommodations if you haven’t already; as always, the rooms […]


Three New Forensic Documents From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new documents. ANSI/ASB Standard 030, Standard for a Quality Assurance Program in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition. This document provides requirements for establishing and maintaining a documented quality assurance program in bloodstain pattern analysis to forensic service providers. […]


Engineering & Applied Sciences Program Highlights

Source: Kurt D. Weiss, MS, EAS Section Program Chair The Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Section program is complete for Anaheim 2020, and includes 45 oral presentations, one breakfast presentation, one half-day workshop, and eight posters. Furthermore, five of the oral presentations were included in the multidisciplinary session with Criminalistics. Below are some of the […]


2020 AAFS Academy Cup Team Lists Are In!

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Academy Cup Chair The Academy Cup teams are in! This fun and open-to-all event puts multiple-choice questions on the big screen to test each section’s knowledge! Please join your section’s team on Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session. It is never too late to […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science. This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and […]


Seeking Criminalistics Liaison for the ASB DNA Consensus Body

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Nominating Committee Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking a volunteer to serve as a liaison between our Academy section and the DNA Consensus Body (CB) of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). We are looking for individuals who will actively provide input in the development of standards documents, represent the […]


The Criminalistics Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Program Chair, and Jason L. Linder, MFS, Criminalistics Program Co-Chair As agencies are gearing up to fund AAFS meeting attendance in Anaheim, CA, the Criminalistics Section wants to announce some highlights of this robust program: The Criminalistics I track will provide DNA papers on Thursday and Friday that cover […]


2020 Membership Dues Information

2020 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2020 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2020 JFS Digital Subscription at a reduced rate of $45/year (six […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing—Final Testimony and Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


Changes in JFS On-Line Appearance

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences After consultation with the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) and Wiley, a decision has been made to implement an online advertising program in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). The AAFS BOD formally approved this action after the August 2019 AAFS Executive Committee Meeting. Many […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Scheduled for September 10

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller , PhD, AAFS President-Elect The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will be hosting a hearing entitled, Raising the Bar: Progress and Future Needs in Forensic Science, on Tuesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This hearing will be streamed live and AAFS members […]


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 […]