News Related to: Criminalistics


Academy Aperçus—July 2022

Source: Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, 2022-23 AAFS President The Academy Aperçus is a monthly feature that celebrates 75 years of forensic science by spotlighting the history and anticipating the future of each section of the Academy. Beginning with the Jurisprudence Section and progressing through each section in the order of acknowledgement by the Academy, a […]


ABC Seeking Drug Analysis Experts to Assist With the Development of a New Examination

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is committed to developing competency-based certification examinations. We are ready to begin the development of a new seized drugs analysis examination. To begin this process, we need the help of expert practitioners in identifying the competencies required to be successful as a […]


2022–23 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022–23 officers: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President                (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       President-Elect       (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Joanna L. Collins, MFS                […]


2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Teresa Tiedge has been awarded the 2021-22 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, Understanding the Stability of eDNA from Four Biological Taxa and Their Association With Soil and Dust Evidence. The grant consists of $1,850, a plaque, complimentary meeting […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Is Looking to Expand Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs)

Source: Daniel N. Hankinson, MS, ABC President, and Audra C. Yovanovich, MSFS, ABC Examination Committee Chair  With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and the continuing development of future examinations in our quest for International Organization for Standardization […]


ABC At-Large Position Announcement

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).  The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three-year term. This three-year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting. […]


American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Field Testing—Foundational Knowledge Exam

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 […]


Again Calling All DNA Analysts

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: […]


Call for Abstracts for a Special Session

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 […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant: July 31 Deadline

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 […]


Criminalistics Section Awards: Submit Your Nominations

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 […]


AAFS Abstract Submission System Update

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 […]


2021–22 Nominating Committee Report

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            […]


President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


Complimentary Meeting Registrations Awarded

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! […]