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Questioned Documents Section News—June 2019

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Secretary Members are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award. The criteria for the award are listed in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual. Please submit your nominations by August 1 to Section Chair Jan Seaman Kelly at qdwatchdog@gmail.com or Section Secretary Karen […]


President’s Message—June 2019

Sources: Zeno Geradts, PhD, AAFS President and Jeri-Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect AAFS President Zeno Geradts and President-Elect Jeri Ropero-Miller traveled to São Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil, May 19–30, as part of a 22-member delegation for the International Educational Outreach Program (IEOP) in Forensic Science. Accreditation & Outreach Coordinator Nancy Jackson organized the trip in collaboration with the AAFS association academy, […]


Toxicology Section News—June 2019

Source: Toxicology Section Officers and Program Chairs Call for Abstracts and Workshop Submissions Deadlines—Are Quickly Approaching!   As we move into the summer season, please remember to submit abstracts and proposals for workshops and breakfast and luncheon sessions for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, where the chosen theme is “Crossing Borders.” The shared […]


Be Aware of Spam Emails Targeting AAFS Members

Source: Dan Snapp, AAFS IT Systems Administrator Recently there has been an increase in spam email attempts directed at AAFS members. Most of these spam attempts are coming from people who are imitating either Anne Warren or Zeno Geradts, although they may appear to come from other AAFS members of the organization. When receiving an […]


2020 AAFS Online Abstract Submission System Is Now Open

Submit your abstract for presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 17-22, 2020, in Anaheim, CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The theme for the upcoming meeting is “Crossing Borders.” The deadline for abstract submission is August 1! Presenting […]


Volunteers Needed for the AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting

The AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting will take place February 17-22 in Anaheim, CA. We need volunteers to accomplish an array of administrative and gate-keeping tasks before and during the week of the meeting. Volunteers who are not members of the Academy, are Student Affiliates, and are at least 18 years of age are eligible […]


Introducing Academy Connect

Source: Content Digitization ad hoc Committee The abstract submission process for the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, is nearly upon us! Based on our survey last year, 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 […]


Six New Wildlife Forensic Standards From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of six first-edition Wildlife Forensics standards. ANSI/ASB Standard 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards. This document provides minimum standards and recommendations for practicing wildlife forensic analysts. This document covers good laboratory practices, evidence handling, and training, as well as considerations […]


A New Forensic Standard From ASB

Source: Teresa Ambrosius, ASB Secretariat The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) is pleased to announce the publication of ANSI/ASB Standard 072, Standard for the Validation of Procedures in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, First Edition, 2019. This standard is produced through ASB’s Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) Consensus Body in a consensus process accredited by the American National Standards […]


Continuing Education Needs Identified

Attendees of the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD, were asked to identify any continuing education needs they would like to see addressed at future meetings. The following topics were suggested: Young scientist/physician networking for new professionals <10 years practicing Investigating questionable fetal deaths/neonaticide cases with recommendations of current testing/autopsy techniques Workforce issues Synthetic […]


2019–20 Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee has announced its list of nominees for 2020–21 officers: Carl R. McClary, BA President-Elect  (Questioned Documents)  Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD Vice President  (Anthropology) C. Ken Williams, MS, JD Treasurer  (Criminalistics) Christopher R. Thompson, MD Secretary    (Psychiatry & Behavioral Science) The Nominating Committee is composed of three immediate past presidents—Susan Ballou (Chair), […]


Toxicology Section News—May 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Communities for Forensic Sciences (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee recently released a draft document titled “Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.” Click here to access the document. This document has been accepted by the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for development as an American […]


Toxicology Section News—Recapping our 71st Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Source: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Chair It is difficult to believe that two months have passed since our incredibly successful 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of the AAFS Toxicology Section Officers, Chairs, Co-Chairs, Abstract Reviewers, Moderators, and Volunteers for their efforts. We’re also grateful for […]


President’s Message—April 2019

Source: Zeno J. Geradts, PhD, 2019-20 President 2020 AAFS Annual Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” I am honored to be elected President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. My first annual meeting was in 1996 in New York when I was invited to speak at a workshop. I was overwhelmed by the different topics and […]


2019 Annual Meeting Highlight Videos Available

Videos from the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore are now available to view. Immediate Past President Susan Ballou’s video highlights important topics from her presidential term with the Academy, and President Zeno Geradts discusses his vision and goals during his 2019-20 term. The 2019 Plenary Session was well attended and included topics from three […]


Register Now for The Tenth Annual Prescription For Criminal Justice And Forensic Science

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, AAFS CSFO Liaison Register now for the Tenth Annual Prescription For Criminal Justice And Forensic Science National Institute being held May 29–30 at the Fordham University School of Law in New York, NY. Join experts in law, science, and statistics as they explain new and changing developments in forensic science […]