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 […]


The Criminalistics Section Prepares for Anaheim, CA

Source: Sandra B. Sachs, PhD, Criminalistics Program Chair, and Jason L. Linder, MFS, Criminalistics Program Co-Chair As agencies are gearing up to fund AAFS meeting attendance in Anaheim, CA, the Criminalistics Section wants to announce some highlights of this robust program: The Criminalistics I track will provide DNA papers on Thursday and Friday that cover […]


Anthropology Section Announces Diversity & Inclusion Travel Award

Sources: Sean D. Tallman, PhD, and Cate E. Bird, PhD, Anthropology Section Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-Chairs Increasing and sustaining diversity and inclusion are important goals for the Anthropology Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The Anthropology Section’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee recognizes that the engagement of scholars with varied backgrounds, experiences, and […]


Toxicology Section News—September 2019

Source: Sabra R. Botch-Jones, MS, Section Program Chair The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) Toxicology Subcommittee and the AAFS Standards Board (ASB) Toxicology Consensus Body encourage all interested parties to provide comments on three toxicology standards which are available for public comment. These documents are listed along with links to each document. Please note […]


Remembering Nessa Rosenbaum

Source: Kristy Kadash, PhD The California Association of Criminalists has announced the passing of Nessa Rosenbaum. On August 18, 2019, after a brief battle with cancer, Nessa passed away with family by her side. Nessa was 63 years of age and is survived by her sister Laura and brother Earl. Nessa began her career with […]


Call for Ordway Hilton Award Nominees

Source: Jan Seaman Kelly, BA, Section Chair Greetings! The Questioned Documents Section is seeking nominations for the Ordway Hilton Award. This prestigious award is presented in the Questioned Documents Section to a Section Member, Fellow, or Retired Fellow who has made sustained, significant contributions to the field of Forensic Document Examination. The criteria for a […]


DEADLINE August 1—Digital & Multimedia Sciences Abstracts for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting

Sources: Douglas R. White, MS, Section Program Chair, and Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, Section Program Co-Chair Be sure to submit your novel scientific abstracts by the August 1 deadline for the 2020 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting! The AAFS DMS Section Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts describing scientific research or case studies related to […]


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 […]