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ASB Accepting Applications for Openings in the Consensus Bodies

Source: Teresa L. Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The 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 these interest categories. Click HERE for a detailed description of the Interest Categories. Anthropology: Consumer Groups, General Interest, Laboratories and or Testing […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Annual Eligibility is Now Online!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. You may now access your eligibility form online through your AAFS account portal. Please follow the instructions carefully as provided on the eligibility form and in the email […]


ASB Announces New Standards Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Standard 032, Standards for a Bloodstain Pattern Analyst’s Training Program, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards—STR Analysis, First Edition (Comment Deadline, September 24, 2018) ASB Standard 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard—Validating New Primers for Sequencing, First […]


Membership Survey for Content Digitization Project

Source: Carl R. McClary, BA, Content Digitization Committee Chair The Academy survey on the proposed project to capture some of our meeting content digitally has been sent. Your participation is appreciated! Please be aware that the survey will be delivered via an email from SurveyGizmo™ and not directly from the Academy. Should you not receive […]


General Section News—August 2018

Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary The August 1 deadline for 2019 abstract submissions has passed and Program Chair Gina Londino and Co-Chair Brian Janysek are busy with the review process and building an excellent program! Thanks to all that submitted abstracts this year. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Julie Howe, David Zeliff, […]


Get Involved and Ready for Baltimore—Abstract Submissions Due

Source: Pamela A.W. King, JD, Section Chair As a reminder, the deadline for abstract submissions is THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, August 1. Make sure to get your submissions in on time. If you have questions, please contact the Program Chair, Robert Sanger, at rsanger@sangerswysen.com or the Co-Chair, Virginia Barron, at ginny.barron@pubdef.state.mn.us. They can also help point […]


New YFSF Submission Deadlines and Special Session Update

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair As part of the redesigned Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF), our committee is excited to update you regarding our upcoming activities and submission deadlines: Poster Session: The YFSF Poster Session will now take place within the AAFS multidisciplinary poster sessions occurring Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during the […]


Do You Want the Last Word?

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Last Word Society Chair Now you can have it, by submitting your abstract for the Last Word Society, one of the best-attended sessions of the meeting. If you have a favorite case to share with the audience, a historical forensic event to revisit, or a humorous approach to forensic science, […]


Digital & Multimedia Section Mid-Year Update and Abstract Submission Reminder

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair The AAFS annual meeting in Seattle was a great success. Our workshops and scientific sessions were well attended and received excellent reviews. Special thanks to Program Chair Mary Horvath and Co-Chair Douglas White, as well as to all members of the Program Committee for their time and efforts […]


Student and Trainee Affiliates—Watch for the Eligibility Email and Mailing in August!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, AAFS Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student and Trainee Affiliate, each Student and Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student and Trainee Affiliate are temporary statuses and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. Trainee Affiliates—Please review the section requirements for Associate Member […]


Anthropology Section: Abstracts Due!

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair The August 1 deadline for abstracts is fast approaching! Make sure you get your abstracts, workshops, symposia, and special seminars submitted by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please ensure that you adhere to the AAFS guidelines for abstract submission. […]


Associate Members and Members—Are You Eligible to Promote?

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator AAFS encourages Associate Members and Members who are eligible for a higher status to complete and submit an application for promotion. Please review the promotion requirements on the AAFS website at https://www.aafs.org/home-page/membership/student-affiliate-trainee-affiliate-or-associate-member/aafs-basic-membership-requirements/promotion-requirements/individual-section-requirements/ to determine if you are eligible. If you fulfill your section’s requirements for promotion, you may apply online […]


President’s Message—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]


ASB Announces New Standard Open for Public Comment

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for: ASB Best Practice Recommendation 006, Best Practices Recommendations for DNA Analysis for Human Identification in Mass Fatality Incidents, First Edition. (Comment deadline is August 13.) Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the AAFS Standards Board website to view […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2018

Source: R. Gregg Dwyer, MD, EdD, Section Secretary Several members of our section have made the following recent contributions to our field, plus other news worth sharing. Richard Rosner and Charles Scott shared the 2018 Manfred Guttmacher Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for their book, […]


2019 Academy Cup—Blitz in Baltimore!

Source: Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The excitement and fun of the Academy Cup grows each year, and the gauntlet has been thrown by the Criminalistics Section. New questions are needed for next year’s Blitz in Baltimore! Questions. We need questions. We need stacks and stacks of questions—serious, funny, AAFS-related, general forensic science. […]


Anthropology – Call for Abstracts

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Program Chair, and Marin A Pilloud, PhD, Program Co-Chair Hello Anthropology Section, The August 1 deadline for abstracts is fast approaching! Make sure you get your abstracts, workshops, symposia, and special seminars submitted by the deadline. Late submissions will not be accepted. Please ensure that you adhere to the AAFS guidelines […]


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 […]