News Related to: Pathology/Biology


National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Publishes Resource Webpage for the Medical Examiner and Coroner Community

The National Institute of Justice, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), announced a new resource for medical examiners, coroners, and death investigators. A product of a Department of Justice and Department of Health and Human Services working group launched in March 2018, the resource page serves as a single […]


Pathologists Needed in Puerto Rico

Source: Joyce DeJong, DO, Pathology/Biology Section Fellow Officials from Health and Human Services (HHS) are in Puerto Rico working to support and bolster resources for the Medical Examiner in Puerto Rico at the Forensic Science Institute. They have a significant and urgent need for pathologists to assist with a backlog.They will contract with individuals who […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]


2019 Academy Cup—Blitz in Baltimore!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The excitement and fun of the Academy Cup grows each year, and the gauntlet has been thrown by the Criminalistics Section. New questions are needed for next year’s Blitz in Baltimore! Questions. We need questions. We need stacks and stacks of questions—serious, funny, AAFS-related, general forensic science. […]


2018-19 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2019-20 officers: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD President-Elect  (Toxicology) Carl R. McClary, BA Vice President  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Treasurer  (Anthropology) Ken Williams, MS, JD Secretary    (Criminalistics) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Betty Layne DesPortes (Chair), John Gerns, and […]


Toxicology Section Call for Abstracts and Participation Survey—April 2018

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Chair Spring has arrived and that means it is time to make your plans for your contribution to the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. The meeting theme is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. As scientists, we always strive to be diligent in our work, […]


Thank You 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting Financial Supporters!

AAFS would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions that led to the success of the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 70th Annual Scientific Meeting: A & M Forensics and Engineering, Inc. supported the General Section Reception  Laurelanne Bundens supported the Anthropology Section Reception Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the […]


Synthetic Opioids Epidemic and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Session

The scientific program of the upcoming AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting is definitely not devoid of diverse perspectives focused on the current synthetic opioids mortality crisis in our society. You will not want to miss this multidisciplinary session held on Thursday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., hosted by the Criminalistics Section (Session […]


NIJ’s FY2018 Solicitation for Research and Evaluation on Drugs and Crime

Source: Jonathan G. McGrath, PhD, MSFS The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) drugs and crime portfolio supports research on law enforcement efforts to deter, investigate, prosecute, and address illegal drug trafficking, markets, and use. This FY2018 solicitation will seek investigator-initiated proposals to conduct applied research on evidence-based tools, protocols, and policies for state, local, and […]


U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Will Speak at the Plenary Session of Our 70th Anniversary Meeting

The 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting Plenary Session Committee is delighted to announce to our membership that our country’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, will travel to Seattle, WA, to speak at the Plenary Session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. During his presentation, DAG Rosenstein will speak about “The Department of Justice’s Commitment to Advancing […]


YFSF Special Session

Sources:  Amanda R. Hale, MA, Special Session Chair, and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Special Session Co-Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee is preparing for our all-day special session coming up soon. This year’s theme is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape A Better Future, and it is all about our […]


American Board of Criminalistics Is Seeking Subject Matter Experts

The American Board of Criminalistics is looking for forensic examiners in all disciplines! This is an opportunity to be a volunteer subject matter expert for creating a new occupational analysis in efforts to redevelop the General Forensic Examination. If you are interested, please click HERE for more information.


Young Forensic Scientists Forum

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 All AAFS meeting attendees are invited to the Young Forensic Scientists Forum Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) and Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) sessions! The BYOS session is Wednesday, February 21, from […]


Academy Cup — Submit Your Questions Now!

Source:  Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the presentation of the Academy Cup during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


Best Chapter Awarded to Forensic Microbiology Authors

Source:  David O. Carter, PhD, Pathology/Biology Section Secretary The Forensic Science in Focus series is already starting to receive recognition throughout the forensic science community. Jared Castle, PhD student in the College of Science & Engineering at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia, and co-authors Claire Lenehan, Stewart Walker, Danielle Butzbach, Paul Kirkbride, and Frank Reith, were […]


Academy Cup — A Quiz Game to Test Your Knowledge of the AAFS

The AAFS Academy Cup — which has grown from the modest Mentorship in Motion — will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, before the Plenary Session. Teams meet at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session, for instructions and team strategy. The game will begin at 8:15 a.m. and consists of multiple-choice and […]


70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


You’ve Decided You Want a Career in Forensic Science … Now What?

  Source:  Brittany N. Beyer, MS, YFSF Secretary Welcome to the wonderful world of forensic science. Maybe you took a ride-along with your local law enforcement agency or maybe you saw an episode of whatever iteration CSI is on, and thought, “Huh … that seems cool!” (In reality, it’s not like it is on television!) […]