News Related to: Criminalistics


URGENT: Help McCrone Research Institute Today

Source: Gary J. Laughlin, PhD, McCrone Research Institute Executive Director Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all McCrone Research Institute programs and operations have been temporarily suspended, and we have gone to an on-demand course schedule. Revenue has plummeted and for the first time ever we are asking for your help. In response to this once-in-a-century crisis, […]


Seeking Nominees For 2022 Criminalistics Awards

Sources: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair The Criminalistics Section Awards Committee is seeking nominees to receive the 2022 Paul L. Kirk Award and the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. The awards are described below, and previous recipients can be found HERE. The Paul […]


Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. […]


COVID-19 Resource Page

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, AAFS Treasurer It gives me great pleasure to officially announce the creation of the AAFS COVID-19 Resource Page! The creativity (and patience) of our wonderful Academy staff was put to the test over the past few weeks as information was gathered for what is hoped to become a valuable […]


AAFS Regional Associations Committee Information Sheet

Source: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and CAC Representative to the RAC 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 […]


In Memoriam: Noelle Umback

Sources: Marie M. Samples, MS, and Desirée A. Reid, BS The excitement of the recent AAFS meeting in Anaheim was tempered by the news that Noelle J. Umback, Fellow of the Criminalistics Section and the incoming Chair, passed away the previous Saturday evening, February 15. She lost her battle with breast cancer that she had […]


REMINDER: YFSF Attendees—Bring Your Own Slides With You!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair This is a reminder that if you want to submit a presentation to the YFSF portion of the Bring Your Own Slides session, don’t forget your slides. Submission requirements can be found HERE, and forms will also be provided at registration in your packet. Submissions will be reviewed […]


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. […]