T. Dale Stewart Award Call for Nominations

Source: A.P. Winburn, Anthropology Section Secretary Please email any nominations for the T. Dale Stewart Award to Section Chair Marin Pilloud (mpilloud@unr.edu) by January 1. Please see the following information excerpted from the Policy and Procedure Manual regarding this award. The T. Dale Stewart Award recognizes outstanding, career-long contributions to the field of forensic anthropology. The Stewart Award […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Is Looking to Expand Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs)

Source: Daniel N. Hankinson, MS, ABC President, and Audra C. Yovanovich, MSFS, ABC Examination Committee Chair  With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and the continuing development of future examinations in our quest for International Organization for Standardization […]


ABC At-Large Position Announcement

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).  The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three-year term. This three-year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting. […]


The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section Is Seeking Moderators for the 2022 Program

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section is seeking volunteers from the section who are interested in moderating a block of presentations during our Scientific Program currently scheduled for February 24–25, 2022. As many of you know, the 2022 conference will be a hybrid event. This means people who […]


In Memory of William D. Haglund, PhD

Sources: Allysha P. Winburn, PhD, Section Secretary, Constantine Eliopoulos, PhD, and Marcella H. Sorg, PhD It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Haglund, an exceptional forensic anthropologist and humanitarian. Bill was born in Duluth, MN, in 1943 and spent much of his childhood with his grandparents in Baker, OR. While […]


Final Call for General Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary To all General section members, this is a final call. The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a final call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in […]


American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Field Testing—Foundational Knowledge Exam

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President On August 2, the ABC began the lengthy process of field testing the new Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE). Qualifications: Education:  There is no post-secondary educational requirement to sit for the examination; however, a background in natural science (e.g., chemical, physical, or biological science) or forensic science is […]


Again Calling All DNA Analysts

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD This message is being shared with AAFS at the request of the study organizers. To all DNAmix interested parties, We are pleased to announce open registration for the previously mentioned DNAmix 2021 study. The DNAmix study website is at https://dnamix.edgeaws.noblis.org/. Please log in there and complete the registration and configuration. NOTE: […]


AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section—New Student Research Award for 2022

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Section Chair The AAFS Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section (DMS) is excited to announce a new “Outstanding Student Research Award” that will be added at the 74th Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle in 2022. The Outstanding Student Research Award is designed to recognize and encourage research contributions to the field […]


Odontology Section News—Upcoming Deadlines

Source: Denise Murmann, DDS,  AAFS Odontology Section Program Chair Historically, August 1 was the deadline for AAFS abstract submissions. That is no longer the case. The deadline is now September 1. The submission process is new as well. You can find submission guidelines HERE. At the bottom of that page is the link to the online abstract submission system. Another […]


Call for Abstracts for a Special Session

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Section Chair The abstract deadline is fast approaching. Abstracts are due by September 1, so make sure you get them submitted in time so you don’t miss out! Within the Criminalistics scientific program next year in Seattle, we want to have a special session jointly with the Anthropology Section […]


Joint Interdisciplinary Session for the Upcoming 2022 AAFS Conference—Digital & Multimedia Sciences and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Source: Jason M. Paroff, JD, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section and the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section are planning a joint interdisciplinary session for the upcoming 2022 AAFS conference. Some ideas discussed include presenting case studies involving digital evidence as well as related information/research from a behavioral science perspective. […]


Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards for 2022 Due August 15

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary General Section Colleagues, The General Section continues to accept nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS conference. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair Claire Shepard at claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. […]


California Association of Toxicologists Virtual Meeting on August 4-5, 2021

Sources: Sabra Jones, MS, Toxicology Section Chair  The California Association of Toxicologists (CAT) is holding its first virtual meeting on August 4-5, 2021. It is a two-day FREE event that anyone can sign up for. Continuing Education credits will be available. Click HERE for full agenda. To register for this free event, go to: https://caot.wildapricot.org/event-4136076 […]


In Memoriam—James E. Starrs, JD

Source: Kenneth E. Melson, JD, Jurisprudence Section Fellow Professor Emeritus James E. Starrs was a man of principle. He was never afraid to speak his mind, take the other side of an argument, or challenge the status quo. He frequently said, “If the wind is not against you, it is not blowing.” We knew we […]