News Related to: Questioned Documents


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Video Available

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, CFSO Liaison On September 9, 2019, AAFS member Matthew Gamette had the honor of testifying on behalf of the Academy before the Science, Space, and Technology Committee concerning advancements in forensic science since the 2009 National Academy of  Sciences (NAS) Report, Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward, […]


Changes in JFS On-Line Appearance

Source: Michael A. Peat, PhD, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Forensic Sciences After consultation with the AAFS Board of Directors (BOD) and Wiley, a decision has been made to implement an online advertising program in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS). The AAFS BOD formally approved this action after the August 2019 AAFS Executive Committee Meeting. Many […]


U.S. House of Representatives Hearing Scheduled for September 10

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller , PhD, AAFS President-Elect The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology will be hosting a hearing entitled, Raising the Bar: Progress and Future Needs in Forensic Science, on Tuesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Saving Time). This hearing will be streamed live and AAFS members […]


Call for Ordway Hilton Award Nominees

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair Greetings! The Questioned Documents Section is seeking nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This prestigious award is presented in the Questioned Documents Section to a Section Member, Fellow, or Retired Fellow who has made sustained, significant contributions to the field of Forensic Document Examination. The criteria for a […]


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee As we approach our abstract submission deadline, please note the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for later access online via video on demand. These recordings will most likely be a […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) July 2019 Update

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair Hello everyone! As you know, last year’s changes to the structure and place of the YFSF within the Academy was a monumental transition and, in my experience while attending this past year’s Special Session, was a smashing success. We confirmed more than 140 attendees over the course of the […]


DEADLINE August 1—Digital & Multimedia Sciences Abstracts for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting

Sources: Douglas R. White, MS, Section Program Chair, and Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Be sure to submit your novel scientific abstracts by the August 1 deadline for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The AAFS DMS Section Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts describing scientific research or case studies related to […]


2020 IAFS 22nd Triennial Meeting Announcement

Source: Professor Claude Roux, PhD, FRSN, President, International Association of Forensic Sciences, 2017-2020 The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) will be hosting the 22nd Triennial Meeting of IAFS (IAFS 2020) in conjunction with the 25th Symposium of Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society (ANZFSS) at the International Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia, September 21–25, […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Ready 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 by […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for Your Eligibility Form in August

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator Those with the temporary status of Student Affiliate or Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at www.aafs.org. If you meet the requirements as outlined by your section, you are required to submit an application for upgrade to […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


Diversity Matters

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Diversity Outreach Chair The popularity of the AAFS Diversity Outreach Committee is ever-increasing with dozens of eager members expressing their interest in contributing and serving. Appointments to this important Committee are for one year and although space on the Committee is limited, every member of the Academy is welcome to […]


Wellness at Work Survey

Sources: Helen Alesbury, MA, and Justin Goldstein, MA, Anthropology Section Student Affiliates While there exist numerous studies into the mental health and vicarious trauma of first responders and emergency workers, there are very few that look at the unique stresses of working in medicolegal death investigation and forensic sciences. Working in a medical examiner or […]


Questioned Documents Section News—June 2019

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Secretary Members are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award. The criteria for the award are listed in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual. Please submit your nominations by August 1 to Section Chair Jan Seaman Kelly at qdwatchdog@gmail.com or Section Secretary Karen […]


Be Aware of Spam Emails Targeting AAFS Members

Source: Dan Snapp, AAFS IT Systems Administrator Recently there has been an increase in spam email attempts directed at AAFS members. Most of these spam attempts are coming from people who are imitating either Anne Warren or Zeno Geradts, although they may appear to come from other AAFS members of the organization. When receiving an […]


2020 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 17-22, 2020, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is “Crossing Borders.” The deadline for abstract submission is August 1! Presenting […]


Volunteers Needed for the AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

The AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will take place February 17-22 in Anaheim, CA. We need volunteers to accomplish an array of administrative and gate-keeping tasks before and during the week of the meeting. Volunteers who are not members of the Academy, are Student Affiliates, and are at least 18 years of age are eligible […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]