Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS)—November 2018

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Source: Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar, PhD, DMS Section Membership Committee Chair

As many of you already know, the application deadline for new membership, upgrades, and promotions has passed for consideration at the AAFS 71st Annual Scientific Meeting. However, the portal for applying for membership is always open so please continue to recruit and encourage new members to apply. Your non-member colleagues are certainly welcome to attend. We all know that once they experience an AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting, they are sure to want to join.

As of October 2018, we have a total of 127 members in the DMS section. We have 33 applications on file – 24 new applicants and nine status upgrades.

As discussed during last year’s DMS Section Business Meeting, there will be a vote to change our section’s requirements for Associate Member and Fellow. We expect the Planning Committee to send the document outlining the proposed changes to the DMS Section members for review in early December. Please be on the lookout for this document.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone in Baltimore!

For questions, please contact Kathryn Seigfried-Spellar at or Patrick Eller at


Source: Marla E. Carroll, BS, DMS Section Chair

Congratulations to DMS Section Member Patrick Eller on being selected Commissioner Practitioner for the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC). Patrick will assume duties as a Commissioner effective January 1, 2019. FEPAC is composed of 11 Commissioners with a mission to maintain and enhance the quality of forensic science education through a formal evaluation and accreditation system for college-level academic programs that lead to a baccalaureate or graduate degree.

Please check your membership and contact information in the AAFS online directory. Quite a few of our members have outdated information, or none at all, and that makes it very difficult to contact them. At the very least, please provide a current email address—and a contact phone number is also very helpful.

Registration for the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting is now open! While you’re looking over the fantastic program put together by the AAFS Program Committee, and especially your DMS Setion Program Co-Chairs, Mary Horvath and Douglas White, be sure to check out the two fantastic workshops being presented by DMS members. Both have wide interdisciplinary appeal (sign up early so you’re not left out, hint hint), but are of particular interest to us DMS folks. Monday’s full-day workshop, “The Impact of Emerging Technologies on Digital & Multimedia Forensics,” includes all the hot topics: Drone Forensics, Electronic Sniffer Dogs, Dark Web, Artificial Intelligence, Process and Tool Development, Bitcoins & Cryptocurrencies, IoT Forensics, and Vehicle Forensics. Tuesday afternoon’s offering is by our own AAFS President-Elect Zeno Geradts, together with Catalin Grigoras, titled “Forensic Multimedia Authentication: Real-Life Challenges and Solutions.” This interesting workshop will include discussion on both provenance and content of multimedia, so it too has appeal to practitioners and academics throughout the forensic sciences.

Be sure to make your hotel arrangements and send in your annual meeting registration soon. Hotel rooms are going fast and you definitely don’t want to miss out on your choice of workshops or special sessions. Meanwhile, your section officers, committee chairs, and committee members are working hard to make the 10th anniversary of the Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section a great experience for all.