News Related to: Odontology


NIST Scientific Foundation Review on Bitemark Analysis Virtual Webinar

Source: Robin A. Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair You are invited to join the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Scientific Foundation Review on Bitemark Analysis Webinar. This virtual event will take place on October 27, 2022. NIST Scientific Foundation reviews and evaluates the scientific basis for forensic methods and practices. This review addresses […]


Remembering Norman “Skip” Sperber, DDS

Source: Robin A. Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of AAFS Retired Fellow Norman “Skip” Sperber, DDS. Dr. Sperber served as the Odontology Section Secretary and Chair from 1984-1988, was awarded the Odontology Section Award (later renamed the Lester Luntz Award) in 1990, and the […]


Call for Nominations for the Questioned Documents Section’s Ordway Hilton Award

Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section is currently accepting nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This purpose of this award is to recognize sustained superior contributions to the Questioned Documents Section, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor of Ordway […]


In Memoriam—Robert G. Williams, DDS

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair It is with sadness we let you know that Dr. Robert (Bob) G. Williams (Retired Fellow, Odontology) passed away on July 1, 2022, at the age of 70.  Here are some thoughts from fellow forensic odontologists: “Bob was a tough nut . . . outspoken, opinionated, and did […]


Announcing ABFO Age Assessment Workshop to Be Held in Conjunction With the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference

Source: Robin A. Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) will present an Age Assessment Workshop in conjunction with the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL. A portion of the workshop will be completed by attending a pre-workshop webinar and the hands-on portion will be held on Saturday, February […]


2022–23 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022–23 officers: C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President                (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       President-Elect       (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Joanna L. Collins, MFS                […]


In Memoriam—Richard A. Weems

Richard A. Weems, DMD, MS, D-ABFO, a native of Birmingham, AL, passed away on March 4, 2022. He received his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in 1977. He served for two years as a dental officer in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC, practiced general […]


Passing of Dr. Paula Brumit

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, MS, Odontology Section Secretary It is with a heavy heart that I inform you that Dr. Paula Brumit passed away last Friday, December 17, 2021. Dr. Brumit’s contributions to forensic odontology were considerable. Dr. Brumit was actively engaged in both the American Board of Forensic Odontology and the American Academy of […]


President’s Spotlight—Forensic Odontology

During the year, we have been presenting presidential spotlights from the Academy sections to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline. Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative technology or research. These are presented to […]


Odontology Section News—Upcoming Deadlines

Source: Denise Murmann, DDS,  AAFS Odontology Section Program Chair Historically, August 1 was the deadline for AAFS abstract submissions. That is no longer the case. The deadline is now September 1. The submission process is new as well. You can find submission guidelines HERE. At the bottom of that page is the link to the online abstract submission system. Another […]


Odontology Abstracts for 2022

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Odontology Section Program Chair Happy June! Just a note to encourage all of you to think about abstracts for presentations or poster sessions for the AAFS Annual Conference, February 21-26, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click HERE for abstract submission guidelines. If you are also interested in expanding your education, there are two ABFO […]


AAFS Abstract Submission System Update

Source: Kathy Howard, AAFS Communications Manager The AAFS is implementing a new Abstract Submission System that will go live Monday, June 14. The new process will change the way we collect, manage, and review abstracts. We are confident the new system will be more user-friendly and requires less time to complete. We are also excited […]


2021–22 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2022-23 officers:   Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD                    President                  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD                  President-Elect       (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD       Vice President          (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) Laura L. Liptai, PhD            […]


Odontology Section News—Call for Abstracts and Volunteers

Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Section Program Chair If the return of warmer weather was not exciting enough for you, last week the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its new Interim Public Health Recommendations for fully vaccinated people (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html). For domestic travel in the United States and United States territories: Fully vaccinated […]