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 a poolroom in Florida. His case managed to change one the chief principles of American criminal justice. In Gideon v. Wainwright, the Supreme Court ruled that a fair trial “cannot be realized if the poor man charged with [the] crime has to face his accusers without a lawyer to assist him.” Due to Clarence Gideon’s perseverance, every criminal suspect is entitled to representation by a lawyer
  • 2020—AAFS launches its first membership survey on the topic of Forensic Science Standards

For the past five years, the AAFS has operated the Standards Developing Organization (SDO), called the Academy Standards Board (ASB), as a wholly owned subsidiary. The ASB is dedicated to developing and publishing consensus-based standards for forensic science. During this time, approximately 300 volunteer members have dedicated their time to more than 150 proposed new standards and the publication of 28 standards. Also during the standards process, public comment periods allow anyone, including YOU, to voluntarily provide input to the drafted standards. As the Academy plans for the future of forensic science standards and its ASB, we are asking for three minutes of your time to share your experiences and opinions. Please take a moment to inform our decisions and make a difference!


AAFS ASB Survey 2020