Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Odontology Section Program Chair Happy June! Just a note to encourage all of you to think about abstracts for presentations or poster sessions for the AAFS Annual Conference, February 21-26, 2022 in Seattle, WA. Click HERE for abstract submission guidelines. If you are also interested in expanding your education, there are two ABFO […]
Sources: Sabra Botch-Jones, MS, MA, Toxicology Section Chair and Tate Yeatman, MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarship Committee 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, 2021. The […]
Sources: Kimberlee Sue Moran, MSc, Section Program Chair and Erin M. Worrell, BSc, Section Program Co-Chair The General Section is excited about the 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle, WA, taking place February 21–26, 2022! We are looking for prospective presenters! The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is September 1. If […]
Source: Madeleine J. Swortwood, PhD, Section Chair Are you looking to get involved with professional service but are not sure how? The AAFS Toxicology Section is hoping to increase engagement and opportunities for those interested in serving. We are looking for motivated individuals who may want to assist the section through a variety of opportunities […]
Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2022 AAFS meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair, Claire Shepard, at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15, 2021. For a list of […]
Source: Patrick Buzzini, 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 L. Kirk Award: This award shall be bestowed […]
Source: Denise C. Murmann, DDS, Section Program Chair If the return of warmer weather was not exciting enough for you, last week the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its new Interim Public Health Recommendations for fully vaccinated people (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html). For domestic travel in the United States and United States territories: Fully vaccinated […]
Source: Amanda L.A. Mohr, MSFS, Section Program Chair Preparations are underway for the 74th Annual AAFS meeting in Seattle, WA, taking place February 21–26, 2022. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on September 1! AAFS President Carl R. McClary has chosen the theme of “A Responsive Academy—Meeting and Surpassing […]
Source: Alison Galloway, PhD, Anthropology Fellow We are saddened to convey the news that Vicki Wedel, a Fellow in the Anthropology Section, died suddenly on May 15, 2021. She leaves behind her husband of almost 25 years, Matt, and a teenage son. Dr. Wedel was an Associate Professor in the Anatomy Department at Western University […]
Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Toxicology Section Chair It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the death of Randall C. Baselt, PhD. Randy was a leader in forensic toxicology and contributed greatly to the field. His most notable resource, Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man, is globally recognized and […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The Spring 2021 American Board of Criminalists (ABC) Newsletter is now available. Click HERE for full issue. Trace Examiners are encouraged to see the announcement on page 5.
Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, 2020-21 Toxicology Section Chair The AAFS Standards Board (ASB) recently released three documents that may be of interest: ASB Standard 121, Standard for the Analytical Scope and Sensitivity of Forensic Toxicological Testing of Urine in Drug-Facilitated Crime Investigations, First Edition: You may recall that this document was recently recirculated for […]
Source: John A. Williams, PhD, Anthropology Section Historian The year is 1977, 5 of the 14 charter members of the Anthropology Section are present. From left to right: Ellis Kerley, Jerry Snyder, Fred Hulse (not a section member), Clyde Snow, Steven Rosen, and Rodger Heglar.
Source: Donald E. Shelton, JD, PhD, Jurisprudence Section Chair Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently created a Task Force of Forensic Science and has appointed two AAFS Fellows to join the group. In creating the group, the Governor said, “A fair trial is at the core of the American criminal justice system. While forensic science is […]
Source: Sherri L. Kacinko, PhD, 2020-21 Section Chair I would like to start off with a huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in the first (and hopefully last) ever Virtual AAFS meeting! It was not the 2021 meeting we were expecting a year ago, but toxicologists are adaptable and because of all […]
Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Questioned Documents Section Chair The American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Questioned Documents (QD) section presents the Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster given at a scientific meeting. The presentations are judged by several QD section members chosen by the Awards Committee Chair. The award is in recognition […]
Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD CALLING ALL DNA ANALYSTS QUESTION—If two labs are given the same mixture (as an electropherogram) and the same person of interest, how consistent are the statistical responses and categorical interpretations? And what factors explain any differences in responses? DNAmix2021 is a large-scale independent study being conducted to evaluate the extent of […]
Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics is seeking two groups of subject matter experts to determine the cut scores for two new examinations in Biological Evidence Screening and Forensic DNA. Click HERE for more information.
Source: John A. Williams, PhD, Anthropology Section Historian Next year in Seattle, the Anthropology Section will be celebrating 50 years within the Academy. To celebrate, the 50th Anniversary Committee of the Anthropology Section will be sharing documents and other items of the section’s history each month. Click HERE to see the original letter from Ellis […]
As a reminder, the Section Business Meetings are next week. You MUST be registered for the AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting in order to attend any Section Business Meeting. Below are the dates and times of each Section Business Meeting (all times are set in Central Time): Monday, February 8 11:00 a.m. Jurisprudence Section 2:00 p.m. […]