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ASB Newsletter—July 7, 2020

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat Three New Forensic Standards from the ASB The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of three new American National Standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 023—Standard for Training in Forensic DNA Isolation and Purification Methods, First Edition, 2020, provides requirements to ensure proper training in the methods of DNA […]


Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


Don’t Miss Out on AAFS Connect!

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS Content Digitization Ad Hoc Committee Chair and President-Elect Did you miss attending the AAFS meeting in Anaheim, CA, this year? If so, or you missed a workshop because you were in another, check out the AAFS Connect on-demand program that is gaining in popularity! Please take a minute and click […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Secretary Deadlines are Approaching for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting The deadline for submissions for the AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting has been extended to September 1. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence and will be held February […]


2020 Call for Members for ASB Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is currently accepting applications for openings in the Consensus Bodies. In order to maintain a specific balance across interest categories, the ASB is soliciting members only in the interest categories listed. Click here for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Please download and complete […]


2021 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 15-20, 2021, in Houston, TX, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The […]


President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair As promised, here is the next Presidential Spotlight in which I have invited the AAFS Board of Directors to contribute to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. […]


President’s Spotlight—Calling All Members: Provide Your Important Input to the Academy Standards Board Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Significant historic happenings on June 3: 1904—Charles Richard Drew, African-American physician and surgeon; authority on the preservation of human blood for transfusion and pioneer of blood plasma research was born 1934—Dr. Frederick Banting, the co-inventor of insulin, was knighted 1963—Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into […]


Implementation of a Blinded Review Process for Abstracts

In February 2020, the AAFS Board of Directors implemented a policy to extend the review of abstracts to be blinded. The blinded review process is being implemented to ensure impartiality for the selection of the presentations for the Annual Scientific Meeting. The blinded review process applies to all submission types, including abstracts for oral and […]


Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. […]


Toxicology Call for Abstracts and Workshops Submissions

Source: Madeleine J. Gates, PhD, Section Program Chair Preparations are remotely underway for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Houston, TX taking place February 15-20, 2021. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on September 1! AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller has chosen the theme of “One Academy Pursuing Justice […]


2021 Annual Scientific Meeting Abstract Deadline Extended to SEPTEMBER 1, 2020

Source: Sondra Doolittle, AAFS Meetings & Expositions Manager After careful consideration, AAFS is pleased to announce an extension for the 2021 Annual Meeting abstract deadline until September 1, 2020. This extension is given in consideration of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic and the possible impacts caused by shutdowns and closures since March. The extension applies […]


Call for General Section Scientific Papers

Sources: Katherine M. Brown, PhD, Program Chair and Kimberlee Moran, MSc, Program Co-Chair General Section members, we know these are challenging times and we hope everyone is safe and well, but it is not too early to think about your abstracts for presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic […]


2020–21 FSF Field and Lucas Research Grants: June 15 Deadline

Purpose: The FSF Kenneth S. Field Grants (up to $1,500) and the Douglas M. Lucas Grants ($1,501–$6,000) are intended to help the investigator/researcher initiate original in-depth, problem-oriented research. These grants are open to members and affiliates (at any level) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Submission Requirements: The following criteria will be considered in […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Artificial intelligence and forensics Mental health and wellness across all disciplines Multidisciplinary approach to one or more cases—see the approach, perspective of other […]


Two New Forensic DNA Standards Added to the OSAC Registry

Source: Rich Press, Public Affairs Specialist, NIST The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science has placed two new standards covering the interpretation of DNA evidence on its registry of approved standards. This stamp of approval from OSAC, which is administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), indicates that these […]


Call for General Section Scientific Papers

Sources: Katherine M. Brown, PhD, Program Chair and Kimberlee Moran, MSc, Program Co-Chair General Section members, we know these are challenging times and we hope everyone is safe and well, but it is not too early to think about your abstracts for presentations at the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic […]