News Related to: Criminalistics


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 […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the associations represented in the […]


Forensic Magazine Highlight the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Forensic Magazine, which seeks, identifies, and reports on topics that matter to forensic professionals, has chosen to write a preview of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 71st Annual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore next month, February 18–23. The preview highlights intriguing topics, unusual cases, […]


Who Will Win the 2019 Academy Cup?

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair Who will win this year’s Academy Cup—that shining beacon of forensic knowledge that the winning team will earn? Bragging rights are included. Will it be your section? Will you be a participant? Contact your section team captain to be included. The Academy Cup will be held Wednesday, […]


Preview of Criminalistics Sessions in Baltimore, MD

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair The 2019 AAFS Annual Meeting is just around the corner. To whet your appetite, here is a preview of the sessions and activities being offered by the Criminalistics Section. There are a variety of Breakfast Seminars and Workshops from which to choose, covering topics ranging from psychoactive substances to […]


The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]


In Memoriam: Raymond J. Prime, PhD

It is with heavy sorrow and reverence that the Criminalistics section reports the loss of Dr. Raymond Prime, former director of the Centre of Forensic Sciences. He was a distinguished member of the fire science community. He passed away on October 15, 2018, in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The following is a post from his colleague […]


Forensic DNA Specialist Arthur Eisenberg, PhD, Passes Away

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair It is with sadness and utmost respect that the Criminalistics Section reports the passing of Dr. Arthur Eisenberg, former co-director of the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center for Human Identification. Dr. Eisenberg had been deeply involved in forensic genetics research and teaching for more than 30 years. […]


Daniel Mabel 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 Daniel E. Mabel, MS, a Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Betty Layne DesPortes, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, during the […]


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Amanda J. Gonzalez, BA, was awarded the 2018-19 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for her paper, “Developing a Single-Cell Interpretation Strategy for Forensically Relevant Loci.” The award consists of: $1,700, a plaque presented at the Criminalistics Section Business Meeting, complimentary meeting registration […]


The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]


Make Plans to Compete for the 2019 Academy Cup!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the awarding of the Academy Cup at the Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]


Criminalistics and the Three Ds

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Secretary The upcoming 71stAnnual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore, MD, is on the horizon. Our Program Chair Noelle Umback and Co-Chair Sandra Sachs have finalized the program agenda of the meeting, which will be included in the Advance Program released in November. In addition to the traditional sessions […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and New Features

In alignment with the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) e-migration to online only in January 2018, a Digital Subscription to JFS will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2019 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a […]