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General Section News—January 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In […]


The First-Ever Humanitarian and Human Rights Poster and Networking Session at the AAFS Annual Meeting

Sources: Douglas H. Ubelaker, PhD, AAFS HHRRC Chair, and Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect and FTCoE Project Director The Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) would like to cordially, and personally, invite you to the Inaugural Humanitarian and Human Rights […]


The Criminalistics Regional Association Committee Needs YOU

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Nominating Committee Chair The Regional Association Committee (RAC) within the Criminalistics section provides an opportunity for the regional societies, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), Southwestern Association of Forensic […]


YFSF Is Celebrating 25 Years!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello YFSF Attendees! Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee Chair Zain Bhaloo and the committee members—Catherine Brown, Brittany Beyers, Hannah Simmons, and Amber Smith—would like to cordially and personally invite you to the YFSF Special Session Networking Break on Tuesday, February 18, to enjoy some cake and stimulating […]


Last Call for FSF Silent Auction Donations

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) conducts a Silent Auction at the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that would encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel, or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other fun, forensic-related items). The […]


The AAFS CSI Adventure Community Outreach Event and AI Lecture

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Development & Accreditation Coordinator The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will once again hold its annual community outreach program at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting. This year, Discovery Cube Orange County has agreed to host our event. The outreach program provides an opportunity for AAFS to engage and educate […]


Anaheim, Here We Come!

Source: Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Secretary Now that we are into the new year of 2020, it’s only a few short weeks until we are all together in February in warm, sunny Anaheim, CA (February 17–22)! With that in mind, please think about your hotel accommodations if you haven’t already; as always, the rooms […]


AAFS Pre-Registration Deadline Is Quickly Approaching!

The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Monday, January 20. The deadline is firm. Attendance at all Special Functions (workshops, special sessions, and breakfast and luncheon seminars) is by pre-registration only. Registration forms received after Monday, January 20, will be processed at the On-Site Registration Rates, and no Special Function selections will be honored. […]


Attention All AAFS Voting Members and Fellows

Pursuant to AAFS policies, specific documents must be provided to the Voting Members and Fellows of the Academy prior to the Annual Business Meeting. The following documents are available online through the secure member log-in system on the AAFS website: 2020 Applicants List 2020 Proposed Bylaws Amendments 2019 Audit Report 2019 Annual Business Meeting Minutes To […]


AAFS Board of Directors Announce 2019–2020 Distinguished Fellows

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that two Distinguished Fellows will be honored during the 2020 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 19, in Anaheim, CA: Betty Layne DesPortes, AAFS Past President and Jurisprudence Section Fellow, and Iain Pretty, Odontology Section Fellow. Betty Layne DesPortes is a criminal defense attorney with the firm […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—January 2020

Sources: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary, and Emily D. Gottfried, PhD, Section Program Chair January 2020 is already here meaning that the 72nd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is just around the corner. This year we will meet in Anaheim, CA, at the Convention Center from February 17–22. The pre-registration deadline is January 20. Registration is […]


The FSF International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship

The International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) Scholarship: Offered Through the Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) PURPOSE: The IAFS is an international association focused on bringing together academics, managers, researchers, and scientists from around the world to discuss and debate issues focal to the forensic science disciplines. The IAFS proclaims its goals and objectives to be: “to […]


Engineering & Applied Sciences Program Highlights

Source: Kurt D. Weiss, MS, EAS Section Program Chair The Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Section program is complete for Anaheim 2020, and includes 45 oral presentations, one breakfast presentation, one half-day workshop, and eight posters. Furthermore, five of the oral presentations were included in the multidisciplinary session with Criminalistics. Below are some of the […]


Think Tank on the Leading Edge of Forensic Science

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD Happy holidays! My co-chair, AAFS President Zeno Geradts, PhD, and I invite you to join us at this year’s Think Tank workshop taking place on February 18, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center. World-renowned forensic science speakers will present leading-edge developments, including forensic digital […]


2020 AAFS Academy Cup Team Lists Are In!

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD, Academy Cup Chair The Academy Cup teams are in! This fun and open-to-all event puts multiple-choice questions on the big screen to test each section’s knowledge! Please join your section’s team on Wednesday, February 19, at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session. It is never too late to […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


AAFS 2020 Community Outreach Event in Anaheim, CA

Source: Nancy J. Jackson, AAFS Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Each year, in conjunction with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting, AAFS organizes a community outreach event open to local residents of all ages who have an interest in forensic science. This year, AAFS has teamed with Discovery Cube Orange County and […]