Questions Documents Section Update–March 2020

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair The 2020 meeting of the Questioned Documents Section held in Anaheim, California last month was a resounding success! The technical program, chaired by Samiah Ibrahim, covered a myriad of subjects, both traditional and novel. The workshop, “Dispelling the Myths About the Forensic Examination of Handprinting,” put on by Linton […]


AAFS Regional Associations Committee Information Sheet

Source: Vincent P. Villena, MS, RAC Chair and CAC Representative to the RAC Greetings from the Criminalistics Section Regional Associations Committee (RAC)! As part of the RAC’s efforts to increase communication and collaboration between the many regional associations in the United States, the upcoming Academy Newsfeeds will feature information and updates from each of the […]


2020 Anthropology Section Awards

Source: Marin A. Pilloud, PhD, Section Secretary Please join me in congratulating the many award winners in the Anthropology Section who were recognized at the AAFS 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim! The T. Dale Stewart Award—H. Gill-King received this award for his distinguished service to forensic anthropology over the past several decades. Next year, this […]


In Memoriam: Noelle Umback

Sources: Marie M. Samples, MS, and Desirée A. Reid, BS The excitement of the recent AAFS meeting in Anaheim was tempered by the news that Noelle J. Umback, Fellow of the Criminalistics Section and the incoming Chair, passed away the previous Saturday evening, February 15. She lost her battle with breast cancer that she had […]


Anthropology Section Interdisciplinary Session at the AAFS Meeting

Source: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary The Anthropology Section is excited to announce an interdisciplinary session titled Puerto Rico: Crossing Regional, Discipline, and Cultural Borders to Strengthen a Criminal Justice System. The Puerto Rico Forensic Science Bureau (FSB) has experienced severe hardship in the past several years resulting from financial concerns and natural disasters. The […]


General Section News—January 2020

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary General Section Luncheon and Business Meeting As you make plans to attend the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, plan on attending the luncheon presentation (those who did not sign up for the luncheon are welcome to come and sit in the chairs that will be provided).  In […]


American Board of Criminalistics Announcement for Recertification Committee

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is currently soliciting interest for joining the Recertification Committee. You must be currently ABC certified and in good standing, and at minimum, have submitted Recertification Paperwork in 2019 for Reporting Year 2018. You can earn one recertification point for each year of […]


The Criminalistics Regional Association Committee Needs YOU

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Nominating Committee Chair The Regional Association Committee (RAC) within the Criminalistics section provides an opportunity for the regional societies, such as the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS), Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists (MAAFS), Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS), Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists (MAFS), Southwestern Association of Forensic […]


Anaheim, Here We Come!

Source: Noelle J. Umback, PhD, Section Secretary Now that we are into the new year of 2020, it’s only a few short weeks until we are all together in February in warm, sunny Anaheim, CA (February 17–22)! With that in mind, please think about your hotel accommodations if you haven’t already; as always, the rooms […]


Call for Nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award

Sources: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary Anthropology Section members are asked to please submit nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to the Anthropology Section officers by February 1, 2020. The criteria for this award, which is published in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual (Section 7.1.4.1.) is included below. Paul Emanovsky (Chair)—pemanovsky@hotmail.com Kristen Hartnett-McCann […]


Engineering & Applied Sciences Program Highlights

Source: Kurt D. Weiss, MS, EAS Section Program Chair The Engineering & Applied Sciences (EAS) Section program is complete for Anaheim 2020, and includes 45 oral presentations, one breakfast presentation, one half-day workshop, and eight posters. Furthermore, five of the oral presentations were included in the multidisciplinary session with Criminalistics. Below are some of the […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Will Be Field Testing Two New Exams at AAFS in Anaheim

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Secretary Interested parties will have the opportunity to sit for the new ABC certification exams during the upcoming AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA. There is no sitting fee for these field tests. Applications are due by January 15, 2020. The two exams are the Biological Evidence Screening […]


Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source:  Jason Paroff, DMS Section Secretary The turkey is out of the freezer and defrosting in the fridge, which means the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim, CA is coming up quickly. Have you reserved your hotel room? Pre-registered for the conference? There will be more information about the DMS Scientific Program in the […]


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 […]


Seeking Criminalistics Liaison for the ASB DNA Consensus Body

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD, Criminalistics Section Nominating Committee Chair The Criminalistics Section is seeking a volunteer to serve as a liaison between our Academy section and the DNA Consensus Body (CB) of the AAFS Standards Board (ASB). We are looking for individuals who will actively provide input in the development of standards documents, represent the […]


Inspiring Programs in STEM

Source: Laura L. Liptai, PhD I have served on the board of a philanthropic program called Avenue E since it started, where “E” stands for “E”ngineering. The program’s goal is to increase participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers among women, underrepresented, and first-generation students. The University of California at Davis College of […]