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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 […]


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 […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation News

A great thank you goes to Academy members who have continued to support the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) with contributions to the Endowment Fund. Through your continued support, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,183.37 in grants over the past 26 years. The FSF Board of Trustees would like to thank Sue Ballou, Robert Barsley, […]


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 […]


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 […]


Lucy Davis, Amber Riley, Murrell Godfrey, and Lisa Gavin Receive the Kenneth S. Field Award for Outstanding Service to the AAFS Staff

Source: Anne Warren, Executive Director Every year, AAFS members volunteer on countless committees and boards, and their names are published in newsletters and announced throughout the week of the annual meeting. However, there are some who work behind the scenes all year long, quietly and cheerfully offering their expertise, guidance, and energy to the AAFS […]


FEPAC Proposes Revised Standards for Digital Evidence Program

Over the course of the past two years, the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) and a subcommittee comprised of educators and practitioner experts in the field conducted an in-depth review of the FEPAC standards as they relate to Digital & Multimedia Forensic Science. The review was initiated as a result of concerns expressed […]


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 […]


General Section Newsletter, March 2016

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Secretary Where does the time go? Another successful Academy meeting has come and gone. The 2016 meeting was filled with many educational opportunities, outstanding presentations, and networking. This program would not have been a success without the work of the Section Program Chair, Arthur “Steve” Chancellor, and Program Co-Chair, […]


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 […]


Interdisciplinary Symposium announces new Keynote Speaker

UPDATE:  AAFS regrets that Howard Schmidt is unable to serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Interdisciplinary Symposium during the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas.  However, AAFS is delighted to announce that Dr. Nancy Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Justice, has agreed to deliver the keynote address titled “Strengthening Forensic Science at […]


In Honor of Special Agent (Maj) Adrianna Vorderbruggen, USAF: Associate Member of the General Section, December 2015

Special Agent Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, MN, died December 21, 2015, of wounds suffered when her patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. She was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL. She […]