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CNN Is Seeking On-Screen Forensic Science Experts From Diverse Backgrounds

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Toxicology Program Chair   CNN is seeking forensic science experts from diverse backgrounds who will be available in the United States for an on-screen presence in a new crime series. CNN has contacted Nikolas Lemos (Toxicology Section Fellow and Chair of the Academy’s Diversity & Inclusion ad hoc Committee) and has […]


President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) Report

The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization with a major objective of improving practice within the field of forensic science. The organization recognizes the need for improvement, where needed, and view the findings in the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report as notice of needed validation and […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Working Group

Source: Micheal Peat, Editor, Journal of Forensic Sciences At the request of AAFS Past President Victor Weedn, a Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) Working Group was formed to examine the operating structure of the Journal. Its charge was as follows: “Given the ongoing changes in forensic science and the continued growth of JFS, this committee is […]


Do you want to help AAFS’s Diversity & Outreach Activities?

Would you like to be part of a new and exciting Diversity & Outreach Committee within the Academy? After more than a decade of diversity-related informal activities, the Academy has instituted an annual Diversity Reception at its meetings and offered a diversity-related workshop at last year’s annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV. We are now […]


In Memoriam: James L. “Jack” Frost, MD

It is with great fondness that we remember James L. “Jack” Frost, MD, AAFS Distinguished Fellow and long-time AAFS Student Academy Chair, who passed away after a long illness on June 27, 2016. Dr. Frost, a former West Virginia State Medical Examiner and WVU professor, experienced a most notable career in education and the forensic […]


ASB News – July 2016

Source: Brad Wing, MS The American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has notified candidates of their selection for four Consensus Bodies: Disaster Victim Identification, DNA, Friction Ridge, and Wildlife Forensics. Approximately every two weeks, the ASB will announce selections for more Consensus Bodies. The next group will include: Anthropology, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Firearms […]


AAFS Nominating Committee Report

The AAFS Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2017-18 officers: Susan M. Ballou, MS              President-Elect   (Criminalistics) David W. Baker, MFS            Vice President    (Digital & Multimedia Sciences) Carl R. McClary, BA              Vice President   […]


2016-17 AAFS Officers

John Gerns accepts the President’s Gavel Plaque from President Victor Weedn during the 2016 Annual Business Meeting. John E. Gerns, MFS, assumed the office of AAFS President and is joined by the following individuals who were elected to office at the Annual Business Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 24, in Las […]


Forensic Sciences Foundation News

A great thank you goes to Academy members who have continued to support the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) with contributions to the Endowment Fund. Through your continued support, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,183.37 in grants over the past 26 years. The FSF Board of Trustees would like to thank Sue Ballou, Robert Barsley, […]


2016-17 Annual Meeting Program Chairs

AAFS President John Gerns announced the 2017 Annual Program Committee for the 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA. The Program Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs are: Program: Julie A. Howe, MBA (314) 977‑8707 howej@slu.edu Christine Funk, JD christinefunk@christinefunk.net Plenary Session: Joanna L. Collins, MFS (210) 858-5125 joanna@linusconsultinggroup.com Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD (415) 553-9009 nikolas.lemos@sfgov.org […]


AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award: Call for Nominations

The AAFS Past Presidents Council (PPC) is pleased to announce that nominations are open for the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award, to be presented at the AAFS Annual Meeting in 2017. The award’s intent is to provide Academy-wide recognition for the contributions of an Associate Member, Member, or Fellow of the Academy […]


2016-17 Section Officers

Anthropology Chair: Gregory E. Berg, PhD Secretary: Kate Spradley, PhD Criminalistics Chair: Karolyn L. Tontarski, MS Secretary: Vincent J. Desiderio, Jr., MS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair: Marcus Rogers, PhD Secretary: Marla E. Carroll, BS Engineering Sciences Chair: John Nixon, CEng, MBA Secretary: Michelle R. Hoffman, MS General Chair: Claire E. Shepard, MS Secretary: Joanna […]


Academy Standards Board is Up and Running

The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is up and running. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in December 2015, the ASB was officially incorporated as a subsidiary of the AAFS in January of this year. The ASB boasts an impressive staff headed by Brad Wing, Secretariat, who administers the ASB, along with Teresa Ambrosius, […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum Newsletter – April 2016

Editors: Brianna Bermudez, BS, and Jacob Griffin, BS A Letter from the 2015-16 YFSF President Writing my final Young Forensic Scientist Forum (YFSF) newsletter entry is very bittersweet. For the past two years, I have had the honor of serving as the YFSF President and I am indebted to so many. The YFSF events at […]


AAFS Technology & Emails Caught in Spam Filters

Source: Jeffrey Lubbers, Information Technology & Website Coordinator At this year’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, it was brought to my attention that the new Academy News Feed notifications are not being received by many of the members, but the email blasts were being received. To help ensure that there is consistent and reliable communication, I […]


ASB Call For Consensus Bodies Members

The Academy Standards Board (ASB) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is an ANSI-accredited Standards Development Organization. It is announcing the formation of Consensus Bodies. Each will have 7 to 25 members based on applications received. Members will be selected by the Board of Directors of the ASB. The ASB has eight interest […]