2019 Academy Meeting Highlights and Call for Papers for 2020 (YES! TIME IS RUNNING OUT!)

Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, Section Chair ABSTRACTS FOR THE 2020 ANNUAL MEETING ARE DUE BY MIDNIGHT ON AUGUST 1. There is no wiggle room. Please submit all abstracts for workshops, posters, and presentations via the AAFS website. If you have any questions, please contact your 2020 DMS Program Co-Chair Douglas White (douglas.white@nist.gov) or Section […]


AAFS 2020 Deadlines Quickly Approaching!

Sources: Toxicology Section Officers and Program Committee With the 4th of July already past, important deadlines for AAFS 2020 in Anaheim, CA (February 17–22), are almost here. Please see hyperlinks below for detailed information. Abstract Submissions: August 1, 2019 Oral and Poster presentations, Workshops, Breakfast and Luncheon Sessions AAFS 2020 Meeting Theme: “Crossing Borders” Please […]


General Section News—July 2019

Source: Melissa A. Connor, PhD, Section Secretary Baltimore was brilliant! Anaheim will be awesome! The 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting will be in Anaheim CA, at the Anaheim Convention Center on February 17–22, 2020. President Zeno Geradts’s theme for this meeting is Crossing Borders. Baltimore’s brilliance was burnished by the hard work of Gina Londino-Smolar (2019 General […]


Questioned Documents Section News—June 2019

Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Secretary Members are invited to submit nominations for the 2020 Questioned Documents Section Ordway Hilton Award. The criteria for the award are listed in the AAFS Policy and Procedure Manual. Please submit your nominations by August 1 to Section Chair Jan Seaman Kelly at qdwatchdog@gmail.com or Section Secretary Karen […]


Pathology/Biology Section News—June 2019

Source: Chris Milroy, MD, LLB, Section Chair Dr. William (Billo) Oliver is conducting another salary survey. I encourage all forensic pathologists/medical examiners to take the survey. The link is available at: http://www.forensicpath.biz/survey; click on “2019 Salary Survey.” Fall will be upon us sooner than we think and I encourage everyone to consider upgrading your AAFS […]


Toxicology Section News—June 2019

Source: Toxicology Section Officers and Program Chairs Call for Abstracts and Workshop Submissions Deadlines—Are Quickly Approaching!   As we move into the summer season, please remember to submit abstracts and proposals for workshops and breakfast and luncheon sessions for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA, where the chosen theme is “Crossing Borders.” The shared […]


Toxicology Section News—May 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Communities for Forensic Sciences (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee recently released a draft document titled “Standard for Identification Criteria in Forensic Toxicology.” Click here to access the document. This document has been accepted by the Academy Standards Board (ASB) for development as an American […]


Toxicology Section News—Recapping our 71st Annual Meeting in Baltimore

Source: William R. Johnson, BA, Section Chair It is difficult to believe that two months have passed since our incredibly successful 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. We extend our sincerest thanks to all of the AAFS Toxicology Section Officers, Chairs, Co-Chairs, Abstract Reviewers, Moderators, and Volunteers for their efforts. We’re also grateful for […]


Ellis R. Kerley Research Award Announced

Source: Christian Crowder, PhD Please join us in congratulating Anthropology Section Fellow Gregory Berg on receiving The Ellis R. Kerley Research Award. Dr. Berg’s winning submission, A Large-Scale Evaluation of Intraperson Isotopic Variation Within Human Bone Collagen and Bioapatite, was presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of The […]


Anthropology Section Award Winners

Source: Kristen Hartnett-McCann, PhD, Section Secretary Congratulations to all of our Anthropology Section award winners this year. The following awards were announced or presented at the 2019 AAFS annual meeting in Baltimore. FSF/CRC Press Student Travel Grant and Book Prize – Vienna C. Lam FSF Student Travel Grant Award – Shelby Garza, Rebecca George, Mariah […]


2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award Recipient Announced

Nikolas P. Lemos, PhD, 2018-19 Toxicology Section Chair The 2019 Toxicology Section Best Poster Award goes to Kaitlyn Palmquist for her poster presentation, Liquid Chromatography/Quadrupole Time-Of-Flight (LC/qTOF) Screening for Fentanyl Analogs in Whole Blood and Oral Fluid. The announcement was made during the Toxicology Section Open Forum Session at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in […]


2019 QD Section’s Maureen Casey Owens Award Recipient Announced

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Questioned Documents Section Chair The Questioned Documents Section would like to recognize Trainee Affiliate Nina Harnarine who is the 2019 Maureen Casey Owens Award recipient. Nina received the award for her paper, A Comparative Study of Generation Y and Generation Z Signatures, that she presented at the recent AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting […]


The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) Recertification Deadline Extended

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS Criminalistics Liaison to the ABC Board of Directors The ABC Board of Directors recognizes that the recertification process has become burdensome and has created significant challenges for our certificants. We are actively overhauling the recertification process. The Board has approved the following interim changes as we work to improve the recertification […]


Do You Want to Serve on the AAFS Diversity & Outreach Committee?

The Academy’s Diversity & Outreach Committee, now in its second year of service, is comprised of a Chair (currently, Nikolas P. Lemos, Toxicology) and at least five, but no more than ten, additional AAFS members or affiliates to serve on the Committee for a one-year term with a limit of three consecutive terms. The Committee […]


Spotlight on the Regional Associations

Source: Tom A. Brettell, PhD, Regional Association Committee Chair 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 associations represented in the […]