News Related to: Criminalistics


2018 Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.  The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State Convention Center.  The theme for the upcoming meeting is Science Matters.  The deadline for abstract submission is August 1!  Presenting authors […]


National Commission on Forensic Science

Source: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD, Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative The Department of Justice extended an invitation to the AAFS to attend the 13th Meeting of the National Commission on Forensic Science (NCFS) in Washington, DC, on April 10-11. As the Criminalistics Section Board of Directors Representative, I was given the privilege of […]


Announcing the Winner of the 2017 Academy Cup … Pathology/Biology!

Another amazing Annual Scientific Meeting has come and gone, and with it, another Academy Cup competition.  At the Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, the winner of the coveted Academy Cup was announced, and the team that won did so by a margin.  Congratulations to the Pathology/Biology Section! Pathology/Biology Team Members: James Caruso, MD, […]


Robert E. Gaensslen Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion

Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen was honored at the 69th American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, with the Academy’s highest honor — the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the […]


InterFORENSICS Conference Scholarship Opportunity

Source: Tanisha Henson, MFS, AAFS Fellow, General Section Welcome home from an amazing week in New Orleans! During the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, an amazing scholarship opportunity was presented to participate in the InterFORENSICS conference. This will be held by the Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences in the capital city […]


2017-18 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair:  Kate Spradley, PhD Secretary:  Jennifer C. Love, PhD Odontology Chair:  Raymond G. Miller, DDS Secretary:  Adam J. Freeman, DDS Criminalistics Chair:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Secretary:  Kristy Kadash, PhD Pathology/Biology Chair:  Joyce L. deJong, DO Secretary:  David O. Carter, PhD Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair:  Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary:  Marla E. Carroll, […]


Attention All Criminalistics II Session Attendees!

Source:  Kristy Kadash, Section Program Chair Hello to everyone who is planning on attending the 2017 AAFS Criminalistics II sessions at the Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.  Have you ever wondered whether it’s more appropriate to search more loci or a larger haplotype database to get a Y-chromosomal Short Tandem Repeat (Y-STR) statistic?  Want to […]


Criminalistics Section News — December 2016

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Louis Armstrong’s and Jelly Roll Morton’s jazz notes are echoing in my head more and more often as the AAFS annual meeting in New Orleans draws nearer! The theme of this upcoming meeting is extremely inspiring — Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science. We all have cultivated our own perspectives […]


Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


The Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation

Source: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD, AAFS Past President AAFS Criminalistics Section Fellow Henry Lee was honored with the unveiling of the Dr. Henry C. Lee Museum of Forensic Investigation in his birthplace of Rugao, China, on November 5.  The museum showcases ten major cases Dr. Lee has worked on and also presents a history of forensic science. Additional features are a case […]


CNN Is Seeking On-Screen Forensic Science Experts From Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair   CNN is seeking forensic science experts from diverse backgrounds who will be available in the United States for an on-screen presence in a new crime series. CNN has contacted Nikolas Lemos (Toxicology Section Fellow and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion ad hoc Committee) and has […]


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]


Criminalistics Section — Seeking to Fill Non-Voting Member ASB CB Liaison Positions

Source: Karolyn R. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking volunteers to fill non-voting member AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Consensus Body (CB) positions. We are looking for individuals who will actively participate in the development of standards documents. ASB CB liaison positions the Criminalistics Section is seeking to fill are in the following […]


Criminalistics Section News — October 2016

Source:  Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS, Section Chair With 2016 speeding by, the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before we know it!  Abstracts are in and selections have been made, so we already know the meeting in New Orleans will be loaded with lots of amazing presentations.  Criminalistics Section Program Committee Chair Kristy […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Working Group

Source: Micheal Peat, Editor, Journal of Forensic Sciences At the request of AAFS Past President Victor Weedn, a Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Working Group was formed to examine the operating structure of the Journal. Its charge was as follows: “Given the ongoing changes in forensic science and the continued growth of JFS, this committee is […]


Kristina Hoffman Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Kristina L. Hoffman, BS, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by the Chair of the Past Presidents Council on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, during the AAFS […]


Do you want to help AAFS’s Diversity & Outreach Activities?

Would you like to be part of a new and exciting Diversity & Outreach Committee within the Academy? After more than a decade of diversity-related informal activities, the Academy has instituted an annual Diversity Reception at its meetings and offered a diversity-related workshop at last year’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV. We are now […]