Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President On August 2, the ABC began the lengthy process of field testing the new Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE). Qualifications: Education: There is no post-secondary educational requirement to sit for the examination; however, a background in natural science (e.g., chemical, physical, or biological science) or forensic science is […]
Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD This message is being shared with AAFS at the request of the study organizers. To all DNAmix interested parties, We are pleased to announce open registration for the previously mentioned DNAmix 2021 study. The DNAmix study website is at https://dnamix.edgeaws.noblis.org/. Please log in there and complete the registration and configuration. NOTE: […]
Source: Mark Esser, Public Affairs Writer/Editor, NIST Whether from skin cells, saliva, semen, or blood, DNA from a crime scene is often collected and tested in a lab to see if a suspect’s DNA is likely a contributor to that sample or not. But every DNA sample tells a different story, and some samples are […]
Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Section Chair The abstract deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts are due by September 1, so make sure you get them submitted in time so you don’t miss out! Within the Criminalistics scientific program next year in Seattle, we want to have a special session jointly with the Anthropology Section […]
Purpose: The Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant is to provide graduate students with financial assistance to complete their thesis or independent research project as required for a graduate degree in Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. The thesis or research project must be in the field of Criminalistics/Forensic Sciences. Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant […]
Source: Patrick Buzzini, 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 L. Kirk Award: This award shall be bestowed […]
Source: Kathy Howard, AAFS Communications Manager The AAFS is implementing a new Abstract Submission System that will go live Monday, June 14. The new process will change the way we collect, manage, and review abstracts. We are confident the new system will be more user-friendly and requires less time to complete. We are also excited […]
The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022-23 officers: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD President (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD President-Elect (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Vice President (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The Spring 2021 American Board of Criminalists (ABC) Newsletter is now available. Click HERE for full issue. Trace Examiners are encouraged to see the announcement on page 5.
As an incentive to attend the 2021 AAFS Annual Business Meeting and their individual Section Business Meetings, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Below is a list of the lucky recipients! […]
Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD CALLING ALL DNA ANALYSTS QUESTION—If two labs are given the same mixture (as an electropherogram) and the same person of interest, how consistent are the statistical responses and categorical interpretations? And what factors explain any differences in responses? DNAmix2021 is a large-scale independent study being conducted to evaluate the extent of […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics is seeking two groups of subject matter experts to determine the cut scores for two new examinations in Biological Evidence Screening and Forensic DNA. Click HERE for more information.
The AAFS 2021 Virtual Meeting is being hosted through the VFairs Virtual Event Platform (https://aafs2021.vfairs.com/). You will log on to the VFairs platform to access all presentations including your own. Like in past years, you must register to attend the meeting. All meeting attendees and speakers will receive login information directly from VFairs by Sunday, February […]
As a reminder, the Section Business Meetings are next week. You MUST be registered for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in order to attend any Section Business Meeting. Below are the dates and times of each Section Business Meeting (all times are set in Central Time): Monday, February 8 11:00 a.m. Jurisprudence Section 2:00 p.m. […]
Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation and Outreach Coordinator Pursuant to the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) Policies & Procedures, Policy 1.4 Scope of Accreditation, FEPAC promotes academic quality through the formal accreditation of forensic science programs in the United States and abroad. FEPAC accredits forensic science education programs that lead to a […]
The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Rachelle A. Turiello has been awarded the 2020-21 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Epi-PrepDise: A Centrifugal Microfluidic Device for Forensic DNA Methylation Sample Preparation for Chronological Age Prediction. The award consists of $1,700, a plaque, complimentary meeting registration […]
To all Academy Members, a very sincere thank you for your dedication to society, your work, your Academy volunteering and support, and perseverance during 2020 and all the challenges we have had to overcome. Our professions have asked a great deal of us while we have also had to “be present” for our family, friends, […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The Fall 2020 American Board of Criminalists (ABC) Newsletter is now available. Click HERE for full issue.