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The Criminalistics Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Program Chair, and Jason L. Linder, MFS, Criminalistics Program Co-Chair As agencies are gearing up to fund AAFS meeting attendance in Anaheim, CA, the Criminalistics Section wants to announce some highlights of this robust program: The Criminalistics I track will provide DNA papers on Thursday and Friday that cover […]


Anthropology Section Announces Diversity & Inclusion Travel Award

Sources: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, and Cate E. Bird, PhD, Anthropology Section Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Increasing and sustaining diversity and inclusion are important goals for the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Anthropology Section’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee recognizes that the engagement of scholars with varied backgrounds, experiences, and […]


In Memoriam: Robert E. Barsley, DDS, JD

The AAFS is deeply saddened to report the passing of Past President Robert E. Barsley on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Bob’s dedication and service to the AAFS was unsurpassed, lasting more than 36 years. He participated on countless committees during his tenure, frequently as chair, including the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Bob rose […]


AAFS Phone Extensions Update

For your information, the new departmental phone extensions at the AAFS office are listed below: For Meetings, Program Information, Awards, and Abstracts – Press 1 For Membership, JFS Subscription Inquiries, Volunteers, and Expert Witness Requests – Press 2 For Accounting, Dues Payments, Meeting Registrations, and Exhibitors – Press 3 For Publications, Website Issues, and Newsfeed Articles – Press 4 For Executive Staff, Continuing Education, FSF Grants, and Questions […]


Toxicology Section News—September 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee and the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body encourage all interested parties to provide comments on three toxicology standards which are available for public comment. These documents are listed along with links to each document. Please note […]


NIST Has Announced the Restructuring OSAC (OSAC 2.0) Plan

Source: Lucy A. Davis, BHS, AAFS Representative, OSAC Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB) In the Fall of 2017, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sent out a Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register on The Development of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science 2.0. Both the American […]


A New Forensic Best Practice Recommendation From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Best Practice Recommendation 021, Best Practices for the Preparation of Test Impressions from Footwear and Tires, First Edition. This standard is produced through ASB’s Footwear and Tire Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American […]


The AAFS Application Deadline Is Fast Approaching—October 1

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As a reminder, the deadline to submit your application for new member, upgrade, or promotion is Tuesday, October 1. If you are waiting on references before you submit your application, please go ahead and submit your application while you work on securing your references. Your application must be on file […]


2020 Membership Dues Information

2020 Membership Dues Notices have been posted online and will be mailed shortly. All Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues notice will be generated. You may login to your AAFS Account Portal to download a .pdf copy of your dues invoice or to make payment with a debit or credit […]


Journal of Forensic Sciences Digital Subscription—Access Instructions and Additional Features

A Digital Subscription to the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2020 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a 2020 JFS Digital Subscription at a reduced rate of $45/year (six […]


2019-20 FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize: October 15 Deadline

Purpose: The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to offer Student Travel Grants to assist with travel expenses in attending the 2020 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. The FSF Board of Trustees has allocated $12,000, not to exceed $1,500 per student, including complimentary meeting registration. This is a […]


A New Association Academy: The Cuban Society of Legal Medicine

The AAFS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has accepted the Cuban Society of Legal Medicine as the third official “Association Academy.” The purpose of “Association Academies” is to initiate a relationship between AAFS and another professional organization located outside the United States. This association is especially exciting as the original concept […]


ASB Updates—August 2019

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat New DNA Standard Published! The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard provides the general requirements for a forensic DNA laboratory’s training program in DNA analysis, including data interpretation. Click HERE […]


New DNA Standard Published by the ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition, 2019. This standard was revised, prepared, and finalized as a standard by the DNA Consensus Body of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). The initial draft document […]


Seeking Last Word Society Submissions

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Last Word Society Chair Do you have an unusual, curious, historic, or humorous case that you want to share with a wide and diverse audience? Then the Last Word Society is the place for you. It is a two-hour session held on Thursday evening during the AAFS annual meeting and […]


The Forensic Sciences Foundation Announces the 2019–20 Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient

The Forensic Sciences Foundation is pleased to award Pamela Carman with the 2019-20 Warren-Young Scholarship. This award is designed to encourage forensic science education at the middle and high school levels and is intended to provide funds to purchase supplies, equipment, or reference materials to support forensic science education in teaching basic scientific principles. Applications […]


Pathology/Biology Section News—July 2019

Source: Chris Milroy, MD, LLB, Section Chair There is still time to complete Dr. William (Billo) Oliver’s survey! As mentioned in the June 2019 Pathology/Biology Newsfeed, Billo is conducting another salary survey. I encourage all forensic pathologists/medical examiners to take the survey. The link is available at: http://www.forensicpath.biz/survey; click on “2019 Salary Survey.” Please note […]


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee As we approach our abstract submission deadline, please note the Academy will be launching a new program called Academy Connect that will provide a way for a small number of workshops to be recorded for later access online via video on demand. These recordings will most likely be a […]