News Related to: Criminalistics


Synthetic Opioids Epidemic and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Session

The scientific program of the upcoming AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting is definitely not devoid of diverse perspectives focused on the current synthetic opioids mortality crisis in our society. You will not want to miss this multidisciplinary session held on Thursday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., hosted by the Criminalistics Section (Session […]


NIJ’s FY2018 Solicitation for Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) drugs and crime portfolio supports research on law enforcement efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, and address illegal drug trafficking, markets, and use. This FY2018 solicitation will seek investigator-initiated proposals to conduct applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, local, and […]


U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Will Speak at the Plenary Session of Our 70th Anniversary Meeting

The 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting Plenary Session Committee is delighted to announce to our membership that our country’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, will travel to Seattle, WA, to speak at the Plenary Session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. During his presentation, DAG Rosenstein will speak about “The Department of Justice’s Commitment to Advancing […]


YFSF Special Session

Sources:  Amanda R. Hale, MA, Special Session Chair, and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Special Session Co-Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee is preparing for our all-day special session coming up soon. This year’s theme is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape A Better Future, and it is all about our […]


American Board of Criminalistics Is Seeking Subject Matter Experts

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for forensic examiners in all disciplines! This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new occupational analysis in efforts to redevelop the General Forensic Examination. If you are interested, please click HERE for more information.


Young Forensic Scientists Forum

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair All AAFS meeting attendees are invited to the Young Forensic Scientists Forum Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) and Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) sessions! The BYOS session is Wednesday, February 21, from […]


Academy Cup — Submit Your Questions Now!

Source:  Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the presentation of the Academy Cup during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


Academy Cup — A Quiz Game to Test Your Knowledge of the AAFS

The AAFS Academy Cup — which has grown from the modest Mentorship in Motion — will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, before the Plenary Session. Teams meet at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session, for instructions and team strategy. The game will begin at 8:15 a.m. and consists of multiple-choice and […]


70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Logan D. Hickey, BS, was awarded the 2017-18 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, Analysis of Problematic Controlled Substances by GC/MS Without Sample Preparation Using Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) With On-Fiber Derivatization. The award consists of:  $1,700, a plaque presented […]


You’ve Decided You Want a Career in Forensic Science … Now What?

  Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary Welcome to the wonderful world of forensic science. Maybe you took a ride-along with your local law enforcement agency or maybe you saw an episode of whatever iteration CSI is on, and thought, “Huh … that seems cool!” (In reality, it’s not like it is on television!) […]


Criminalistics, Seattle, Coffee, and Science — They All Matter

Source:  Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair The theme of the 2018 AAFS meeting is Science Matters. The general public often believes that when something scientific is reported, it has become fact. However, we know that change is at the heart of the Scientific Method. Experimentation may answer some questions about a particular biological […]


General Section News — October 2017

  Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another summer is history, and fall is here. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Hotels around the Washington State Convention Center fill up quickly because Seattle is such a great meeting site! There are […]


Barry Fisher Named Outstanding Alumnus

AAFS Past President and R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate  Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, recently returned from a visit to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Chemistry Department. Barry attended Purdue between 1966-1968 and received his MS degree in organic chemistry.  


Wake Up to Professional Development … and Bacon!

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary An exciting change is coming to the 2018 Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Breakfast Session in Seattle, WA. In years past, the YFSF Breakfast Session has only been open to those who register and attend the Forum as a whole. This year, the Breakfast Session will become part […]


Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee hopes everyone is gearing up for another great AAFS annual meeting in February. The YFSF Special Session will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Our theme this year is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists […]


In Memoriam: AAFS Distinguished Fellow Jay A. Siegel, PhD

Source:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS, Criminalistics Section Chair Written by Christopher R. Bommarito, MS, Criminalistics Section Fellow   The field of forensic science has lost one of its most engaging and influential members, Dr. Jay A. Siegel, who died at home in his sleep on September 25, 2017, in Mt. Arlington, NJ, due to heart failure at the […]


Hurricane Irma: A Message From the AAFS Officers and Staff

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues throughout Florida who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


Hurricane Harvey: A Message from the Officers and Staff of AAFS

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in Louisiana and Texas, particularly in the Houston area, who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.