2021 Membership Dues Information

Source: Heather Jefferson, AAFS Finance and Operations Assistant Live green, love green, think green! In an effort to go green, we are phasing out hardcopy dues notices. The 2021 dues notices have been posted to your online member portals. Please keep in mind that Student Affiliates and Trainee Affiliates must certify eligibility before a dues […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—September 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary The 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting I hope everyone is doing well. There are only two weeks before the deadline for abstract submissions for the AAFS 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting, One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The deadline for submission is September 30, 2020. The annual […]


URGENT: Help McCrone Research Institute Today

Source: Gary J. Laughlin, PhD, McCrone Research Institute Executive Director Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all McCrone Research Institute programs and operations have been temporarily suspended, and we have gone to an on-demand course schedule. Revenue has plummeted and for the first time ever we are asking for your help. In response to this once-in-a-century crisis, […]


Seeking Nominees For 2022 Criminalistics Awards

Sources: Patrick Buzzini, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Awards Committee Co-Chair The Criminalistics Section Awards Committee is seeking nominees to receive the 2022 Paul L. Kirk Award and the Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award. The awards are described below, and previous recipients can be found HERE. The Paul […]


In Memorium: Dan C. Purdy, BSc

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Document section is sad to announce the passing of Dan C. Purdy on August 19, 2020, at the age of 74. Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the University of B.C. and trained as a forensic scientist at the Royal […]


In Memoriam: Peter V. Tytell, BA

Sources: Carl R. McClary, MS, AAFS President Elect, Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, AAFS Board of Directors, and Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents section is sad to announce the passing of member Peter V. Tytell of New York after a long illness. Peter was known to many in the forensic […]


General Section Award Nominations—Due Aug 15

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) is a volunteer organization and it’s important to recognize those who work to make this organization function. Who do YOU know that exemplifies that spirit that made you join AAFS and the General Section? Do they meet qualifications for either […]


Get to Know the Anthropology Section Leadership

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Anthropology Section Secretary In an effort to increase transparency, the Anthropology Section leadership will be sending out information about how the AAFS operates. As the first message in this series, we wanted to introduce ourselves, let you know our roles in the organization, and that you can reach out to […]


Announcing a Webinar Series on the OSAC-ASB Process

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD A new Promega® Webinar Series will be held over the next few months. The series is free and open to all. A portion of the abstract is provided here: A series of webinars have been created to provide information and educate the forensic and criminal justice community regarding new and emerging […]


General Section News—June 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2020. Award […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—June 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section Secretary Deadlines are Approaching for the 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting The deadline for submissions for the AAFS 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting has been extended to September 1. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence and will be held February […]


Questioned Documents Section News—June 2020

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 15-20, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. I believe this has been the goal of the Academy since its inception, but […]


Nominations Are Now Being Accepted for the Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Section Chair The Toxicology Section’s awards and scholarships offer an enviable way to recognize the achievements and contributions of our distinguished colleagues and promising students. Nominations and all accompanying supporting information are due on August 1, 2020. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology This award is bestowed […]


Criminalistics Section 2020 Meeting Recap

Source: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH, Section Chair The 73rd meeting in Houston, TX, (February 15–20, 2021) is fast approaching. AAFS President Jeri D. Ropero-Miller’s theme is One Academy–Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. The Criminalistics Section is well represented in the 2021 Program Committees: Patrick Buzzini (Luncheon Seminars), Marilyn T. Miller (Student Academy), Lynn A. […]