President’s Spotlight—Presenting the Exciting New AAFS Logo

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President As promised in my address at our annual meeting, we have begun the process of finalizing some of the changes we feel are needed within the organization. One of those is the redesign of our logo! Although the current logo has served us well for many years, […]


President’s Spotlight—April 2021

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President During the year, we will present monthly presidential spotlights for each section to highlight the latest significant research or improvements within its discipline(s). Examples include cutting-edge technology, standards, or methods that improve the practice. Alternatively, they may show a historical account/timeline of the discipline’s use of innovative […]


President’s Spotlight—2021–22 Ad Hoc Committees Announced

Source: Carl R. McClary, MS, 2021-22 AAFS President To keep you, our members, informed of what your Board of Directors and Academy staff are doing to improve the organization and review its policies for potential updating, I have compiled a list of our current presidential ad hoc committees, their chairs, and the missions for which […]


President’s Spotlight—A President’s Reflection and Expectations of an Extraordinary Meeting in Extraordinary Times

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President We are One Academy—Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. These words are realized every day; however, in the next two weeks, the Academy will go into virtual overdrive. Yesterday, we, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), completed the first day of our two-week course culminating in our […]


President’s Spotlight—JFS Editorial Available

We are pleased to announce that the Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) has published a President’s Editorial submitted by AAFS President Jeri Ropero-Miller. The article—Uniting and Transforming Forensic Sciences in a Monumental Pandemic Year and Beyond—covers the following topics: Vision, Mission, Values, and Strategy Standards Research, Education, and Training Technological Advances Renewed Organizational Commitment to […]


President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey Results and Proposed Courses of Action

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President, and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD, AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair More than 1,500 individual (23%) members participated in the recent survey. The Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee thanks those of you who took time out to provide thoughtful responses and comments. The extensive […]


President’s Message—Did You Miss the HHRRC Poster and Networking Session at AAFS?

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and FTCoE Project Director and Dawnie W. Steadman, PhD, HHRRC Chair This past February at the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA, the Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center (HHRRC) and the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Inaugural […]


President’s Spotlight—AAFS Membership Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President and Laura C. Fulginiti, PhD AAFS Vice President and Membership Outreach Ad Hoc Committee Chair As promised, here is the next Presidential Spotlight in which I have invited the AAFS Board of Directors to contribute to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. […]


President’s Spotlight—Calling All Members: Provide Your Important Input to the Academy Standards Board Survey

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Significant historic happenings on June 3: 1904—Charles Richard Drew, African-American physician and surgeon; authority on the preservation of human blood for transfusion and pioneer of blood plasma research was born 1934—Dr. Frederick Banting, the co-inventor of insulin, was knighted 1963—Clarence Gideon is arrested and charged with breaking into […]


President’s Spotlight—June 2020

Source: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, AAFS President Today I address you, the Academy membership, greatly saddened and overwhelmed with questions as to how social injustice and disturbing deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and others are continuing to occur. Our Nation is embroiled in civil unrest and demand for action against racism, intolerance, […]


Welcome to Our New AAFS Executive Director

Sources: Jeri D. Ropero-Miller, PhD, President and Carl R. McClary, MS, President-Elect and Chair, Executive Director Ad Hoc Search Committee All, this is probably one of our most important Presidential spotlights serving to inform the Academy membership of activities and resources of benefit to you. Carl McClary joins me in sharing the wonderful and exciting […]


Retirement Announcement—Executive Director Anne Warren

Source: Zeno Geradts, PhD,  AAFS President This message comes with mixed feelings as we announce the upcoming retirement of Executive Director Anne Warren, effective May 29, 2020. Anne joined the Academy staff in 1985 as the Assistant Director. Her tremendous management skills were quickly recognized and in 1990 she assumed the Executive Director position. Under […]


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, […]


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 […]


President’s Message—January 2019

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President During my undergraduate studies, one of my professors queried the class with the question: Would you allow ten suspected murderers to be released to ensure an innocent person wouldn’t remain in prison? Due to the passage of time, I cannot emphatically state the question is correctly phrased, but […]


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 […]


President’s Message—July 2018

Source: Susan M. Ballou, MS, 2018-19 President In Havana, Cuba, in 1947, “the father of forensic pathology,” Dr. Rutherford B.H. Gradwohl, met with Dr. Israel Castellanos, the Director of the Cuban National Identification Office. They met to plan the first meeting of the Pan-American Medical-Legal Congress, which convened in St. Louis, MO, in 1948. Later […]