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ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

The public comment period has opened for the following documents (comment periods close August 6, 2018): Re-circulation—ASB Best Practice Recommendation 037, Guidelines for Opinions and Testimony in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view the comment resolutions from the initial […]


New Forensic Standard in Toxicology From ASB

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 017, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology. The standard defines the minimum requirements for establishing measurement traceability in forensic toxicology laboratories. The standard establishes traceability of a measurement to […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


General Section Call for Moderators

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair For all of those within the General Section who are looking for promotion from Associate Member to Member, we have a great opportunity for you to be part of the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are looking for Moderators to assist with the Thursday, […]


General Section Call for Papers

Source: Joanna L. Collins, MFS, Section Chair As summer is finally here, it is time to start putting your abstracts together for the General Section program for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We are excited to review submissions for oral and poster presentations as well as breakfasts and workshop ideas. The General Section […]


2019 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 18-23, 2019, in Baltimore, MD, at The Baltimore Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. The deadline for abstract submission is August […]


ASB Publishes First ANSI Accredited Standard

Source:  Lucy A. Davis, BHS, Chair, ASB Board of Directors The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of its first American National Standard (ANS), titled ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 007, Postmortem Impression Submission Strategy for Comprehensive Searches of Essential Automated Fingerprint Identification System Databases, First Edition, 2018. This standard is produced […]


President’s Message—May 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In 1992, a 23-year-old woman disappeared from her home. A recent graduate of Harvard University who aspired to working in the corporate world, she inexplicably failed to show up at work one day. While her family members tried to find her, police searched the area around her home […]


General Section News—May 2018

Source: Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary Another exciting annual meeting has come and gone. For those who had the opportunity to attend, it was filled with outstanding presentations consistent with the meeting theme Science Matters. The 71st Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Baltimore, MD, at the Baltimore Convention Center on February 18-23, 2019. […]


YFSF Survey Responses Wanted

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair We are excited to announce that the Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is undergoing organizational and structural changes to better the forum for both its committee members and the attendees of its sessions. The first major change involves the committee being reduced to five members. Alex Krotulski […]


Have You Paid Your 2018 AAFS Dues?

Effective May 1, members and affiliates whose 2018 dues are unpaid are now inactive. You may pay your 2018 dues and re-activate your Journal of Forensic Sciences subscription through your account portal until May 14. After that date, your account portal will no longer be accessible. Please call the AAFS office to pay your dues […]


Toxicology Section Call for Abstracts and Participation Survey—April 2018

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Program Chair Spring has arrived and that means it is time to make your plans for your contribution to the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, February 18-23, 2019. The meeting theme is Diligence, Dedication, and Devotion. As scientists, we always strive to be diligent in our work, […]


Criminalistics Seattle Review—April 2018

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Section Chair The Criminalistics section had a very productive meeting in Seattle from beginning to end. The section was represented by four workshops and a luncheon that covered topics ranging from quality assurance to the opioid epidemic. The Section Business Meeting occurred on Wednesday. During the meeting, the section leadership provided […]


70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Follow-Up Survey Registration Winner Announced

Thanks to all meeting attendees who completed the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Follow-Up Survey. Your comments and suggestions will assist the AAFS in continuing to provide top-notch educational opportunities for forensic specialists from all over the world. The survey went to more than 3,000+ meeting registrants with email addresses. Of that number, approximately 850 […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following list of topics was suggested: Toxicology certification resources, guides, anecdotes, opportunities Skeletal trauma analysis Multidisciplinary workshop—death investigation, toxicology, pathology/biology Drugs and poisons, drugs of abuse, paraphenylenediamine […]


OSAC Invites Professional Organizations to Comment on ASTM Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Organization of Scientific Area Communities (OSAC), housed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), recently invited OSAC professional association representatives to share information on OSAC events with their members. The invitation highlighted the opportunity to comment on inclusion of two forensic related standards, published […]


Success in Seattle! Questioned Documents Section News—April 2018

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair The 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is in the books. Section Program Chair Samiah Ibrahim and Co-Chair Kevin Kulbacki delivered an excellent program. Section Workshop Chair Linda Mitchell delivered a one-day workshop taught by Joel Zlotnik. Attendees provided positive feedback regarding the […]


Why Does the ASB Seek Public Comment?

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The AAFS Academy Standards Board (ASB) facilitates the development of forensic-related consensus standards according to procedures based on the American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Essential Requirements: Due Process Requirements for American National Standards. Among other things, due process requires that the ASB, as an ANSI-accredited standards developer, […]


ASB Announces New Standards for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The Academy Standards Board (ASB) announced the opening of the public comment period for three new standards. American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) members and the public at large are encouraged to review and comment on the following documents: ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards, First […]