News Related to: Criminalistics


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 […]


General Section Call for Papers

Sources: Gina Londino, MS, Program Chair and Steven L. Downs, MFS, Program Co-Chair General Section members, it is time to submit your abstracts for presentations at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS annual meeting will be held February 19-24, 2018, in Seattle, WA, at the Washington State […]


Criminalistics Section News – July 2017

Sources: Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS, Section Chair, and Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Secretary First and foremost, this opportunity should be taken to thank several individuals who have been critical contributors to the success of our section over the past year. A debt of gratitude is owed by our current Chair to our immediate Past […]


Inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium

The inaugural GCC Forensic Science Conference and GCC DNA Symposium, supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), November 14-15, 2017, at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, is jointly organized with the Abu Dhabi police and covers a range of forensic science areas, in addition to a third day […]


President’s Message – June 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Forensic science is a field with no borders, and it is a field that provides a vast platform for collaboration among scientists throughout the world. Meetings and conferences this spring and summer have highlighted these characteristics. The AAFS has been well represented at these meetings, but I […]


2017-2018 AAFS Nominating Committee Report

The AAFS Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for the 2018-19 officers: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD              President-Elect      (Digital & Multimedia Sciences) Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD           Vice President       (Anthropology) Ruth E. Winecker, PhD            Vice […]


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 […]