News Related to: Criminalistics


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.


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Poster or Bring Your Own Slides

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 The BYOP and BYOS organizers are excited about your abstract submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA! The BYOP and BYOS sessions provide young forensic scientists the opportunity […]


Criminalistics Section News – Ready, Set, …

Program Chair Patrick Buzzini and Co-Chair Noelle Umback are eager to begin reviewing the plethora of abstracts submitted for the upcoming 2018 AAFS annual meeting in Seattle, WA. They have lined up 30 reviewers in various areas of criminalistics who will dedicate their time and expertise to help select the best abstracts. If you are […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Special Session 2018

Sources: Amanda R. Hale, MA, YFSF Special Session Chair and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Special Session Co-Chair The 2018 YFSF Special Session is coming along great. This year’s Special Session organizers, Amanda Hale (arhale@ncsu.edu) and Zain Bhaloo (zainbhaloo.yfsf@gmail.com), want to thank everyone who volunteered to present at this year’s meeting! There were many fantastic volunteers […]


Wake Up to Professional Development… and Bacon!

Source: Alex Krotulski, MSFS, Breakfast Session Chair YFSF Breakfast Session This year’s Breakfast Session Chair and Co-Chair, Alex Krotulski and Erin Houston, have been hard at work planning the 2018 Breakfast Session set to take place in Seattle, WA. The chairs have come up with a creative theme and agenda for the session, started to […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Fundraising

Source: Vienna C. Lam, BA, Financial Liaison Chair YFSF Finance Fundraising for next year’s Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) has begun! This year, the Financial Liaison Chair is Vienna Lam from the Centre for Forensic Research at Simon Fraser University. Vienna hopes to raise enough money to cover the cost of the YFSF workshop for […]