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YFSF Special Session

Sources:  Amanda R. Hale, MA, Special Session Chair, and Zain Bhaloo, MSc, Special Session Co-Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Special Session Committee is preparing for our all-day special session coming up soon. This year’s theme is Research in Science:  How Young Scientists Can Shape A Better Future, and it is all about our […]


President’s Message — January 2018

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The pre-registration deadline for the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA, is January 24. Please register today; workshops and special sessions are filling up quickly. The theme for the Seattle meeting is “Science Matters,” and the focus will be […]


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). […]


AAFS Pre-Registration Deadline Approaching!

The AAFS Annual Meeting Pre-Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 24th. 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 Wednesday, January 24th, will be processed at the On-Site Registration Rates, and no Special Function selections will be honored. To […]


Young Forensic Scientists Forum

Sources:  Jeremy Manheim, BYOP Chair, Alexandria Anstett, MS, BYOP Co-Chair, Alyssa J. Badgley, MS, BYOS Chair, and Ashley E. Foster, MAS, BYOS Co-Chair All AAFS meeting attendees are invited to the Young Forensic Scientists Forum Bring Your Own Slides (BYOS) and Bring Your Own Poster (BYOP) sessions! The BYOS session is Wednesday, February 21, from […]


Academy Cup — Submit Your Questions Now!

Source:  Carla Miller Noziglia, MS, Academy Cup Co-Chair The modest Mentorship in Motion has grown into the go-for-the-roses Academy Cup. This anticipated event culminates in the presentation of the Academy Cup during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 21, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]


ASB Announces New Secretariat

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison ASB is pleased to announce that Teresa Ambrosius has been selected as the organization’s new Secretariat, following the retirement of Brad Wing. Teresa started with the AAFS Standards Board in January 2016 as its first Technical Coordinator. Teresa’s knowledge of data management and understanding of the documentation needs […]


ASB’s First Secretariat, Brad Wing, Retires

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison After two years as ASB’s first Secretariat, Brad Wing retired this month. Mr. Wing saw ASB through its initial development and the successful completion and publication of its first two forensic documents. Mr. Wing joined ASB directly following his retirement from the National Institute of Standards and Technology […]


General Section News — December 2017

Source:  Steven C. Clark, PhD, Section Secretary As we bid farewell to 2017 and look forward to 2018, the General Section Officers want to wish our membership a Happy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Seattle in February at the AAFS Annual Meeting. On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, the section will […]


Public Comment Period Open for ASB BPR 009, Examination of Human Remains by Forensic Pathologists in the Disaster Victim Identification Context

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison The public comment period has opened for AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Best Practice Recommendation 009, Examination of Human Remains by Forensic Pathologists in the Disaster Victim Identification Context, First Edition. Please visit the Notification of Standard Development and Coordination area of the ASB website to view the draft […]


President’s Message — December 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President The Annual Meeting is fast approaching and now is the time to finalize your flight, hotel, and meeting arrangements. Pre-registration offers significant savings so do not miss the pre-registration deadline of January 24, 2018. Workshops and special sessions fill up quickly, so register as soon as possible […]


Academy Cup — A Quiz Game to Test Your Knowledge of the AAFS

The AAFS Academy Cup — which has grown from the modest Mentorship in Motion — will take place on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, before the Plenary Session. Teams meet at 8:00 a.m., an hour before the Plenary Session, for instructions and team strategy. The game will begin at 8:15 a.m. and consists of multiple-choice and […]


ASB Publishes Second Edition Technical Report

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison Less than two weeks after posting its first Technical Report, ASB Technical Report 033, First Edition, 2017, Terms and Definitions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Standards Board (ASB) has just released a second Technical Report — ASB Technical Report 025:  First Edition, 2017, […]


ASB Publishes First Edition Technical Report

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) published its first technical report: ASB Technical Report 022, First Edition, 2017, Terms and Definitions in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis. The Report is a list of recommended terms and definitions for bloodstain pattern analysis. These terms and definitions address basic bloodstain pattern types and […]


President’s Message — November 2017

Source:  Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS, 2017-18 President At our annual meeting in Seattle, we will be celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. We have come a long way since that first American Medicolegal Congress in 1948, in St. Louis where the assembly approved a motion to pursue the formation of […]


70th Annual Scientific Meeting Award Presentations

Join us on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, in acknowledging your colleagues as they are presented and recognized for the following awards. AAFS Distinguished Fellow Honoree:  Virginia A. Lynch, MSN AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award:  Lavinia Iancu, PhD 2018 Section Award Honorees Anthropology Section’s T. Dale Stewart Award:  P. Willey, PhD J. Lawrence Angel […]


AAFS Annual Meeting Employment Forum & FEPAC University Fair

The AAFS will be hosting its 15th Annual Employment Forum and its 7th Annual University Fair during the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. The purpose is to provide employers and academic programs with the following: Employment Forum — a means for employers and applicants to meet, to exchange information, to conduct informal interviews, or to […]


The AAFS Standards Board Welcomes New Members

Source:  Mary C. McKiel, PhD, Communications Liaison  The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) welcomed more than 30 new voting members this month as a result of the ASB annual review of membership. In accord with their accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the ASB reviews membership at least annually to ensure that each of […]