AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Documents for review

Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair The ASB recently recirculated four documents that may be of interest: Comments will be accepted on the following documents until January 18, 2021: ASB Standard 098, Standard for Mass Spectral Data Acceptance in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition ASB Standard 113, Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology, First Edition […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section News—December 2020

Source: Eleanor B. Vo, MD, Section Secretary 73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting We are all excited about AAFS having its first Virtual Conference with the VFairs platform February 15-19, 2021. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursuing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. With pre-registration having a discount of 50% off and loads of meeting features […]


AAFS Anthropology Section Call for Nominations

The AAFS Anthropology Section Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for the 2021-22 Program Co-Chair. The Nominating Committee consists of the past four Section Chairs, the current Section Chair, and the Anthropology Board of Directors representative. The past and current Section Chairs will serve as voting members and the Board representative will serve in an advisory […]


T. Dale Stewart Award Call for Nominations

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, Anthropology Section Secretary Please email any nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Kristen Hartnett-McCann (dr.khartnett@gmail.com) by February 1. Please see the following information excerpted from the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding this award. The T. Dale Stewart Award is an award presented to a current, former, or retired member, […]


Questioned Documents Nominations for Section Officers

Source: Thomas W. Vastrick, BS, Section Nominating Committee Chair The Questioned Documents Section Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for Section Officers. The Section Chair and Section Secretary are two-year terms; however, the Policy and Procedure Manual requires an annual vote for both positions. Current Section Chair Karen Nobles and Section Secretary Linda Mitchell are one […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—Call for Scientific Session Moderators

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section to moderate 1.5-hour session blocks during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 18–19, 2020. We are looking to fill the following time slots: Thursday, February 18: 9:00 a.m. Central Time 10:30 a.m. Central Time […]


Anthropology Section News—Outreach Request

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Section Secretary The ad hoc committee on outreach, engagement, retention, and recruitment is compiling a list of field schools, internships, and funding/scholarship/fellowship opportunities to share with the membership. If you have such an opportunity or know of a great one, please let us know so we can document and share […]


General Section Call for Nominations

Source: Julie Howe, MBA, General Section Nominating Committee The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Julie Howe,  David Zeliff, and T.L. Williams, announces a call for nominations for Section Chair and Section Secretary, both of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in February 2021. A list of officer responsibilities may be found at www.aafs.org in the […]


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 […]