News Related to: Jurisprudence


Invitation to Provide Follow-up Information to PCAST Regarding its Forensics Report

In September 2016, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released its Report to the President on “Forensic Science in the Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity Of Feature-Comparison Methods.” See https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_forensic_science_report_final.pdf. As a follow-up to this work, PCAST invites you to reply by Wednesday, December 14 to the following request: Please identify […]


CNN Is Seeking On-Screen Forensic Science Experts From Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair   CNN is seeking forensic science experts from diverse backgrounds who will be available in the United States for an on-screen presence in a new crime series. CNN has contacted Nikolas Lemos (Toxicology Section Fellow and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion ad hoc Committee) and has […]


AAFS Fellow Haskell Pitluck Honored at ANZFSS Symposium

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Engineering Sciences Section Director AAFS Jurisprudence Section Fellow Haskell Pitluck was honored with the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the recent Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) 23rd International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences. Congratulations, Judge Pitluck! The presentation, The Status of Bite Mark Evidence in the United […]


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 […]


AAFS IEOP 2016 — Destination: New Zealand

Source:  Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation This year’s International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) participants visited New Zealand from September 11-17. New Zealand (or Aotearoa — land of the long white cloud) is one of the most picturesque and historically interesting places on earth.  The travelers were treated to spectacular landscapes, mountain ranges, […]


Jurisprudence Section Members Talk Forensic Science and the Law Around the World

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary Section Member Carol Henderson will be delivering a keynote presentation at the 23rd Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society International Symposium in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 18-23, 2016.  The title of the presentation is “Judicial and Legal Education in the Forensic Science: The Latest Progress Made […]


Judge Roderick Kennedy Retiring in November 2016

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary Judge Roderick Kennedy will retire from the New Mexico Court of Appeals at the end of November 2016, being the judge with the second-most years of judicial service in the State. Judge Kennedy has sat as a judge at every level of the New Mexico judiciary, from magistrate […]


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 […]


Last Call for Jurisprudence Section Submissions!

Sources:  Ted W. Vosk, JD, Section Program Chair, and Christine Haskell, JD, Section Program Co-Chair Today, August 1, is the deadline to submit an abstract for the Academy’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans (February 13-18, 2017)!  There are several distinct opportunities for those wishing to submit an abstract for consideration. Your submission may […]


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 […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum News – July 2016

Editors: Jacob Griffin, MS, and Ashley Foster, MAS A Letter From the YFSF President The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is excited to be starting a busy summer planning for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting. This July newsletter is the first to be published by this year’s YFSF committee. Please take the time to read […]


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 […]


Academy Standards Board is Up and Running

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is up and running. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in December 2015, the ASB was officially incorporated as a subsidiary of the AAFS in January of this year. The ASB boasts an impressive staff headed by Brad Wing, Secretariat, who administers the ASB, along with Teresa Ambrosius, […]