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Audrey Williams Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award

The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Audrey M. Williams, PhD, an Associate Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Susan Ballou, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, during the AAFS […]

AAFS Delegation Joins CFSO in DC to Discuss Forensic Science Standards

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President-Elect On October 28 and 29, an AAFS delegation composed of Jeri Ropero-Miller (President-Elect), Ken Melson (AAFS CFSO representative), Lucy Davis (ASB Chair, OSAC FSSB member), and Teresa Ambrosius (ASB Secretariat) attended a Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) all-hands meeting outside of Washington, DC. Other meeting attendees included CFSO […]

2020 FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Winner Announced: Giacomo Musile

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is pleased to announce the recipient of the FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship! Giacomo Musile, PhD (Toxicology) of Verona, Italy, was selected based on his abstract submission, Thanatochemistry at the Crime Scene: A Microfluidic Paper-Based Device for Ammonium Analysis in the Vitreous Humor. Dr. Musile’s paper is scheduled for oral […]

FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Winner

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) is proud to announce that Cameron M. Longo has been awarded the 2019-20 FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant for his paper, See the Forest for the Trees: A Non-Targeted Approach to Discerning Exposure to Explosives Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization-Mass Spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and the Multivariate Statistical Model […]

AAFS 2020 Toxicology Section Program Co-Chair Change

Source: William R. Johnson, BA, Toxicology Section Chair Due to Continuing Education Policy and Requirements for Conflict of Interest, the AAFS 2020 Toxicology Section Program Co-Chair was recently changed from Laureen Marinetti to Madeline Swortwood. We appreciate Laureen’s willingness to serve in this capacity and welcome Madeline into the position. Please email Toxicology Section Chair […]

AAFS 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting—Special Function Schedules

Six breakfast seminars, two luncheon seminars, an evening session, two special sessions, and 26 workshops have been accepted for the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting offering a wide range of topics. Workshops are an excellent means to meet your continuing education needs while maintaining and expanding your knowledge of your specific forensic discipline. Many workshops […]

Deadline EXTENDED for Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Poster Submissions to November 7!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair The decision has been made to re-open submissions for the YFSF posters through NOVEMBER 7. If you or someone you know would like to submit, take advantage of this extended deadline. There is still room for more submissions. If you have questions or need help, please contact: […]

FSF Needs Your Help With the Silent Auction

The Forensic Sciences Foundation (FSF) Silent Auction conducted during the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting is a long-standing tradition. The FSF depends on donations from members, meeting attendees, and exhibitors for a successful auction. Please consider donating an item that will encourage lively bidding (author-signed books, apparel or coffee mugs with your agency logo, or other […]

2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Registration Information

Download the 2020 Advance Program HERE. Registration will be available for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting on Monday, November 4! The online registration system requires payment with a credit or debit card. You may either log into your AAFS account portal at or go to the Meetings page on the AAFS website and […]

The YFSF Abstract Submission Deadline is November 1!

Source: Zain Bhaloo, MSc, YFSF Committee Chair Hello everyone! The Young Forensic Scientists Forum (YFSF) Committee is still accepting abstracts for its poster sessions at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA! The submission deadline is November 1! REMINDER: You must log into the AAFS portal (create an account if you have not […]

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 […]