News Related to: Staff News (Organizational Only)

Make Plans to Compete for the 2019 Academy Cup!

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 awarding of the Academy Cup at the Annual Business Meeting. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 20, at 8:00 a.m. Come early and be prepared for excitement, suspense, teamwork, […]

President’s Message—October 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 AAFS President Disney World® opened to the public in 1971. As the first guests passed through the entryway onto magical Main Street, the majestic railroad soared above. Ahead, Cinderella’s castle promised entrance into a dream world of rides and shows. Walt Disney knew how to give each guest the […]

YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Alex J. Krotulski, MS, YFSF Committee Chair The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The submission deadline is November 1! New this year—to submit an abstract to YFSF, you must log in to the AAFS portal (create […]

The Brazilian Academy of Forensic Sciences (BAFS) Second interFORENSICS Conference

Source: Tanisha V. Henson, MFS, AAFS/FSF Liaison for BAFS Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship Program The BAFS will be hosting its second interFORENSICS conference in the beautiful city of São Paulo, Brazil, May 21–24, 2019. This is a wonderful opportunity to present on an international level and visit Brazil. This Young Forensic Scientists Scholarship is ONLY […]

Criminalistics and the Three Ds

Source: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Section Secretary The upcoming 71stAnnual Scientific Meeting to be held in Baltimore, MD, is on the horizon. Our Program Chair Noelle Umback and Co-Chair Sandra Sachs have finalized the program agenda of the meeting, which will be included in the Advance Program released in November. In addition to the traditional sessions […]

Student Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Student Affiliate, each Student Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Student Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held as long as you meet the requirements. To certify your eligibility for the 2019 membership year, you must either: Submit the Annual […]

Trainee Affiliates—AAFS Eligibility Reminder

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator As mentioned in the AAFS Basic Requirements for Trainee Affiliate, each Trainee Affiliate must certify eligibility annually. Trainee Affiliate is a temporary status and may only be held until you have completed the experience required for Associate Member. Please review the section requirements for Associate Member on our website at […]

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

In alignment with the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) e-migration to online only in January 2018, a Digital Subscription to JFS will be provided complimentary to AAFS Trainee Affiliates, Associate Members, Members, and Fellows as part of your 2019 annual membership dues payment. Student Affiliates without an application on file to upgrade may purchase a […]

2019 Membership Dues Information

2019 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 card. […]

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator The 2019 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be here before we know it. We are seeking volunteers to assist the AAFS Staff with the various activities that keep the meeting running smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the PDF application ( and send it to the volunteer […]

Application Deadline is October 1st!

Source: Cheryl Hunter, Membership Coordinator The application deadline for new membership, upgrades, and promotions is three short weeks away. If you have already started an application online but haven’t completed it, please make sure it is submitted by the deadline. Don’t wait for your references before submitting your application. References can be submitted separately from […]

International Forensics Standards

Source: Mary C. McKiel, PhD, ASB Communications Liaison, and Julie A. Howe, MBA, ASB Board Member The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the publication of the following two new international forensic science standards: ISO 21043-1:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 1: Terms and definitions; ISO 21043-2:2018 Forensic sciences—Part 2: Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of […]

In Memoriam: Gradwohl Laureate and Distinguished Fellow Kenneth S. Field, MBA

“It is time to contemplate the future and to adapt to it. The world in which the forensic science profession operates and the Academy exists is changing rapidly. Great technological advances have been made and are in the making … If the Academy is to persevere, it, too, must change with the times, for such change […]

Nominations for Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award

Source: Walter T. Hart, MBA, Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section Awards Committee Chair The DMS Section Awards Committee and DMS Section Officers invite you to nominate individuals for the Carrie Morgan Whitcomb Outstanding Service Award. This award recognizes a person who has accomplished or performed a superior service or has demonstrated a history of […]

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, […]