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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


In Memoriam: James L. “Jack” Frost, MD

It is with great fondness that we remember James L. “Jack” Frost, MD, AAFS Distinguished Fellow and long-time AAFS Student Academy Chair, who passed away after a long illness on June 27, 2016. Dr. Frost, a former West Virginia State Medical Examiner and WVU professor, experienced a most notable career in education and the forensic […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


Engineering Sciences Section News – July 2016

Source: David Pienkowski, PhD, MBA, Section Program Chair The theme of the 2017 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting, Our Future Reflects Our Past: The Evolution of Forensic Science, sets the stage for reflecting upon the past year’s professional endeavors to create useful new information benefiting the forensic science community. Similar to the accountant who uses prior […]


AAFS Nominating Committee Report

The AAFS Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2017-18 officers: Susan M. Ballou, MS              President-Elect   (Criminalistics) David W. Baker, MFS            Vice President    (Digital & Multimedia Sciences) Carl R. McClary, BA              Vice President   […]


2016-17 AAFS Officers

John Gerns accepts the President’s Gavel Plaque from President Victor Weedn during the 2016 Annual Business Meeting. John E. Gerns, MFS, assumed the office of AAFS President and is joined by the following individuals who were elected to office at the Annual Business Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 24, in Las […]


2016-17 Annual Meeting Program Chairs

AAFS President John Gerns announced the 2017 Annual Program Committee for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The Program Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are: Program: Julie A. Howe, MBA (314) 977‑8707 howej@slu.edu Christine Funk, JD christinefunk@christinefunk.net Plenary Session: Joanna L. Collins, MFS (210) 858-5125 joanna@linusconsultinggroup.com Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD (415) 553-9009 nikolas.lemos@sfgov.org […]


AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award: Call for Nominations

The AAFS Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award, to be presented at the AAFS Annual Meeting in 2017. The award’s intent is to provide Academy-wide recognition for the contributions of an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the Academy […]


2016-17 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair: Gregory E. Berg, PhD Secretary: Kate Spradley, PhD Criminalistics Chair: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS Secretary: Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair: Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary: Marla E. Carroll, BS Engineering Sciences Chair: John Nixon, CEng, MBA Secretary: Michelle R. Hoffman, MS General Chair: Claire E. Shepard, MS Secretary: Joanna […]


Jurisprudence Section News – April 2016

Sources: Stephanie Domitrovich, JD, PhD, Section Chair, and Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary We had another successful AAFS Annual Meeting, which was held this year in Las Vegas. The Jurisprudence Section Program Chair, Lauri Traub, and Section Program Co-Chair, Ted Vosk, provided us with presenters lecturing on valuable scientific evidence topic areas consistent with the […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Newsletter – April 2016

Editors: Brianna Bermudez, BS, and Jacob Griffin, BS A Letter from the 2015-16 YFSF President Writing my final Young Forensic Scientist Forum (YFSF) newsletter entry is very bittersweet. For the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as the YFSF President and I am indebted to so many. The YFSF events at […]


Engineering Sciences Section News – April 2016

Price or Performance The Engineering Sciences Section is planning an eye-opening session for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The title of this provocative session is Price or Performance. Engineering Sciences Section members will present their considerable experiences exploring design and material selection and describe how these decisions provided outstanding performance when […]


AAFS Technology & Emails Caught in Spam Filters

Source: Jeffrey Lubbers, Information Technology & Website Coordinator At this year’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, it was brought to my attention that the new Academy News Feed notifications are not being received by many of the members, but the email blasts were being received. To help ensure that there is consistent and reliable communication, I […]


ASB Call For Consensus Bodies Members

The Academy Standards Board (ASB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. It is announcing the formation of Consensus Bodies. Each will have 7 to 25 members based on applications received. Members will be selected by the Board of Directors of the ASB. The ASB has eight interest […]


Transformation: Embracing Change – General Section, January 2016

Source:  Joanna Collins, Section Secretary Change is inevitable; you can adapt and overcome or you can resist and risk becoming unnecessary and obsolete. President Weedn’s theme for the 2016 Annual Meeting of Transformation: Embracing Change could not be more fitting as the mantra for the General Section and the overall field of forensic science. The […]


AAFS 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Launch & Advance Program Release

AAFS is pleased to announce the AAFS 2016 Advance Program is now available online.  Registration is also active.  Both can be accessed through the Annual Meeting page on the AAFS website – http://www.aafs.org/meetings/aafs-68th-annual-scientific-meeting-las-vegas-nv-2016/.


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