News Related to: Staff News (Organizational Only)


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 […]


President’s Message—March 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President Under the direction of 2017-18 President Betty Layne DesPortes, the 70th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting proved to be both exciting and educational. Let us now look forward to our next meeting in February 2019. I welcome you to what I know will be a tremendous and engaging year […]


Thank You 2018 AAFS Annual Meeting Financial Supporters!

AAFS would like to thank the following financial supporters for their generous contributions that led to the success of the 2018 American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 70th Annual Scientific Meeting: A & M Forensics and Engineering, Inc. supported the General Section Reception  Laurelanne Bundens supported the Anthropology Section Reception Agilent Technologies, Inc. supported the […]


Toxicology Section News—Thank You, Seattle, for a Wonderful 70th Annual Meeting!

Source: Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, Section Chair It is difficult to believe a whole month has already passed since our incredibly successful 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in Seattle, WA. Our sincerest thanks to all the 2017-2018 Toxicology section officers, chairs, co-chairs, abstract reviewers, moderators, and volunteers for your efforts. We are also grateful for all […]


Thank You To AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting Volunteers

The 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting volunteers were fantastic! Thank you to Local Arrangements Committee Chair Fiona J. Couper, PhD.  The support provided by the volunteers was crucial to the success of the annual meeting. The volunteers, who come from all over the world, assist AAFS Staff during events and behind the scenes (from assembling meeting […]


Republic of Croatia President Receives Honorary AAFS Membership

Source: Dragan Primorac, MD, PhD, Chair, International Affairs Committee I recently had the pleasure of presenting the Republic of Croatia President, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, a Certificate of Honorary Membership in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). Some of you met the President during the AAFS International Educational Outreach Program in Croatia on June 14-21, 2015, […]


National Safety Council Presents Marilyn Huestis With the 2018 Robert F. Borkenstein Award

Source: Finoa J. Couper, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair Please join us for dinner as we honor Marilyn A. Huestis, PhD, recipient of the 2018 ADID Robert F. Borkenstein Award, for her outstanding commitment to public safety and her dedication to the work of the National Safety Council (NSC) and the Alcohol, Drugs, and Impairment Division […]


Synthetic Opioids Epidemic and Forensic Science: A Multidisciplinary Session

The scientific program of the upcoming AAFS 70th Annual Scientific Meeting is definitely not devoid of diverse perspectives focused on the current synthetic opioids mortality crisis in our society. You will not want to miss this multidisciplinary session held on Thursday, February 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., hosted by the Criminalistics Section (Session […]


U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein Will Speak at the Plenary Session of Our 70th Anniversary Meeting

The 70th Anniversary Annual Meeting Plenary Session Committee is delighted to announce to our membership that our country’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod J. Rosenstein, will travel to Seattle, WA, to speak at the Plenary Session on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. During his presentation, DAG Rosenstein will speak about “The Department of Justice’s Commitment to Advancing […]


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). […]