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Pathology/Biology — October 2017

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Section Secretary The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks Forensic Specialists for several positions worldwide beginning in 2018. Evolve your career with the ICRC Forensic Team to help shape forensic programs and infrastructures in countries affected by armed conflict, other situations of violence, and disasters. The ICRC offers […]


Criminalistics, Seattle, Coffee, and Science — They All Matter

Source:  Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair The theme of the 2018 AAFS meeting is Science Matters. The general public often believes that when something scientific is reported, it has become fact. However, we know that change is at the heart of the Scientific Method. Experimentation may answer some questions about a particular biological […]


General Section News — October 2017

  Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another summer is history, and fall is here. Now is the time to make your plans to attend the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Hotels around the Washington State Convention Center fill up quickly because Seattle is such a great meeting site! There are […]


Barry Fisher Named Outstanding Alumnus

AAFS Past President and R.B.H. Gradwohl Laureate  Barry A.J. Fisher, MS, MBA, recently returned from a visit to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Chemistry Department. Barry attended Purdue between 1966-1968 and received his MS degree in organic chemistry.  


Wake Up to Professional Development … and Bacon!

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary An exciting change is coming to the 2018 Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Breakfast Session in Seattle, WA. In years past, the YFSF Breakfast Session has only been open to those who register and attend the Forum as a whole. This year, the Breakfast Session will become part […]


Research in Science: How Young Scientists Can Shape a Better Future

Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee hopes everyone is gearing up for another great AAFS annual meeting in February. The YFSF Special Session will be held on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Seattle, WA. Our theme this year is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists […]


In Memoriam: AAFS Distinguished Fellow Jay A. Siegel, PhD

Source:  Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS, Criminalistics Section Chair Written by Christopher R. Bommarito, MS, Criminalistics Section Fellow   The field of forensic science has lost one of its most engaging and influential members, Dr. Jay A. Siegel, who died at home in his sleep on September 25, 2017, in Mt. Arlington, NJ, due to heart failure at the […]


Forensic Engineering and Human Rights — International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) 2017 in Toronto

Source:  David Pienkowski, PhD, Section Program Chair Helmut Brosz (Fellow, Engineering Sciences Section) organized a workshop during the IAFS 21st Triennial Meeting last month in Toronto, ON, Canada. The workshop consisted of a panel of speakers and contributors from the Engineering Sciences and Jurisprudence Sections of AAFS. This fully subscribed event was attended by an international audience. […]


Lavinia Iancu 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 Lavinia Iancu, PhD, an Associate Member in the Pathology/Biology Section. The award will be presented by John Gerns, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, during the AAFS Annual Business […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science – September 2017

Source:  Dean Michael De Crisce, MD, Section Secretary Dear Colleagues, Summer is coming to a close and preparations are underway for our next annual meeting in February in Seattle, WA. Program Chair Paul Fedoroff and Program Co-Chair Sebastien Prat have assembled an innovative and stimulating schedule in line with this year’s topic of Science Matters. […]


Hurricane Irma: A Message From the AAFS Officers and Staff

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues throughout Florida who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


Judge Roderick T. Kennedy Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award

Source:  Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Secretary   Roderick T. Kennedy, JD, has received the University of Toledo College of Law’s Distinguished Alumnus Award for 2017. This prestigious award recognizes his accomplishments, contributions, and leadership to society and the legal community. The award will be presented during the University of Toledo’s Homecoming Festivities on October 6, […]


Hurricane Harvey: A Message from the Officers and Staff of AAFS

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President Our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues in Louisiana and Texas, particularly in the Houston area, who have experienced the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. Members who wish to help are encouraged to make donations to the American Red Cross.


President’s Message – August 2017

Source: Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The week of August 21-25, 2017, I had the pleasure of attending the 21st Triennial Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The opening ceremony highlighted the global span of the 1,440 delegates from 86 countries and 6 continents. IAFS President Michael Pollanen […]


The Department of Justice (DOJ) Announces Uniform Language Projects, Appointment of Senior Advisor on Forensics

  Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, AAFS President The DOJ today announced two new projects relating to forensic science. The projects will develop guidelines for examiner testimony and reports and will implement a testimony-monitoring program to ensure compliance with the uniform language standards. The DOJ press release announcing the projects is here. Deputy Attorney […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Bring Your Own Poster or Bring Your Own Slides

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair The BYOP and BYOS organizers are excited about your abstract submissions for the 2018 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA! The BYOP and BYOS sessions provide young forensic scientists the opportunity […]