News Related to: Questioned Documents


Handwriting Examiners in the Digital Age

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST People are writing more than ever with their keyboards and phones, but handwritten notes have become rare. Even signatures are going out of style. Most credit card purchases no longer require them, and if they do, you can usually just scratch one out with your fingernail. The age-old […]


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            […]


President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). 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 […]


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

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents 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, and the forensic science community. The award is named in honor […]


Complimentary Meeting Registrations Awarded

As an incentive to attend the 2021 AAFS Annual Business Meeting and their individual Section Business Meetings, all Fellows and Members in attendance were automatically entered in a random drawing to receive a complimentary meeting registration to attend the 2022 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Below is a list of the lucky recipients! […]


Mark Goff, BA, Chosen as the 2021 Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster Recipient

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents (QD) section presents the Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster given at a scientific meeting. The presentations are judged by several QD section members chosen by the Awards Committee Chair. The award is in recognition […]


Annual Meeting – Know Before You Go

The AAFS 2021 Virtual Meeting is being hosted through the VFairs Virtual Event Platform (https://aafs2021.vfairs.com/). You will log on to the VFairs platform to access all presentations including your own. Like in past years, you must register to attend the meeting. All meeting attendees and speakers will receive login information directly from VFairs by Sunday, February […]


Section Business Meetings and Voting

As a reminder, the Section Business Meetings are next week. You MUST be registered for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in order to attend any Section Business Meeting. Below are the dates and times of each Section Business Meeting (all times are set in Central Time): Monday, February 8 11:00 a.m.       Jurisprudence Section 2:00 p.m.  […]


Executive Committee (a.k.a. Academy Holiday Merriment Elves) December 2020 Wishes

To all Academy Members, a very sincere thank you for your dedication to society, your work, your Academy volunteering and support, and perseverance during 2020 and all the challenges we have had to overcome. Our professions have asked a great deal of us while we have also had to “be present” for our family, friends, […]


Questioned Documents Nominations for Section Officers

Source: Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, Section Nominating Committee Chair The Questioned Documents Section Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for Section Officers. The Section Chair and Section Secretary are two-year terms; however, the Policy and Procedure Manual requires an annual vote for both positions. Current Section Chair Karen Nobles and Section Secretary Linda Mitchell are one […]


YFSF Update: October 8th Deadline for Abstract Submission and AAFS Social Media Update

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Chair We hope you are all out there staying safe! It has been an interesting year but as any show must, the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting goes on! As you have no doubt been made aware, the 2021 meeting will be held 100% virtually. Here is some important information […]


ASB Newsletter—August 21, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat New Forensic Toxicology Standard From the AAFS Standards Board The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 053, Standard for Report Content in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition, 2020. This document delineates the requirements for reporting results from forensic toxicology analyses. Specifically, it is intended […]


In Memorium: Dan C. Purdy, BSc

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Document section is sad to announce the passing of Dan C. Purdy on August 19, 2020, at the age of 74. Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of B.C. and trained as a forensic scientist at the Royal […]