News Related to: Criminalistics


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee The abstract submission process for the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, is nearly upon us! Based on our survey last year, the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for […]


New Forensic Standard in Footwear and Tire Evidence From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ASB Technical Report 097, Terminology Used for Forensic Footwear and Tire Evidence, First Edition, 2019. This document is a compilation of terms commonly used in footwear and tire examination. This technical report is targeted for forensic science professionals […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


Diversity Matters

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Diversity Outreach Chair The popularity of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee is ever-increasing with dozens of eager members expressing their interest in contributing and serving. Appointments to this important Committee are for one year and although space on the Committee is limited, every member of the Academy is welcome to […]


Wellness at Work Survey

Sources: Helen Alesbury, MA, and Justin Goldstein, MA, Anthropology Section Student Affiliates While there exist numerous studies into the mental health and vicarious trauma of first responders and emergency workers, there are very few that look at the unique stresses of working in medicolegal death investigation and forensic sciences. Working in a medical examiner or […]


Be Aware of Spam Emails Targeting AAFS Members

Source: Dan Snapp, AAFS IT Systems Administrator Recently there has been an increase in spam email attempts directed at AAFS members. Most of these spam attempts are coming from people who are imitating either Anne Warren or Zeno Geradts, although they may appear to come from other AAFS members of the organization. When receiving an […]


2020 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 17-22, 2020, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is “Crossing Borders.” The deadline for abstract submission is August 1! Presenting […]


Volunteers Needed for the AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

The AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will take place February 17-22 in Anaheim, CA. We need volunteers to accomplish an array of administrative and gate-keeping tasks before and during the week of the meeting. Volunteers who are not members of the Academy, are Student Affiliates, and are at least 18 years of age are eligible […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


2019 Annual Meeting Highlight Videos Available

Videos from the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore are now available to view. Immediate Past President Susan Ballou’s video highlights important topics from her presidential term with the Academy, and President Zeno Geradts discusses his vision and goals during his 2019-20 term. The 2019 Plenary Session was well attended and included topics from three […]


2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting a Success!

Thank you to everyone who attended the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. There were more than 4,000 attendees, 564 Oral Presentations, and 446 Poster Presentations. There were more than 450 international attendees representing 63 countries around the world. Please visit the 2019 Annual Meeting follow-up page where you will find Continuing Education […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Recertification Deadline Extended

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS Criminalistics Liaison to the ABC Board of Directors The ABC Board of Directors recognizes that the recertification process has become burdensome and has created significant challenges for our certificants. We are actively overhauling the recertification process. The Board has approved the following interim changes as we work to improve the recertification […]


Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]