Anthropology Section Updates

Source: Krista E. Latham, PhD, Section Program Chair Just a reminder that abstracts are due on September 1, 2021, for all presenters interested in the 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting (February 21–26, 2022, in Seattle, WA). This includes individual presentations, as well as those that are included in a symposium. Information on submitting your abstract can be found […]


Psychiatry & Behavioral Science—July 2021

Source: Sebastien S. Prat, MD, Section Secretary Please find below the most recent updates pertaining to the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section, including: AAFS Annual Conference The Richard Rosner Award (submission deadline extended until August 1) Other educational activities Upcoming conferences Most recent publications in the Journal of Forensic Sciences AAFS Annual Conference Psychiatry & […]


Pathology/Biology Section Updates

Source: Erin G. Brooks, MD, Pathology/Biology Section Chair Just a reminder to please submit your abstract for the upcoming 74th AAFS Annual Scientific Conference to be held February 21–26, 2022, in Seattle, WA (meeting theme: A Responsive Academy—Meeting and Surpassing the Challenges of a Modern Forensic Science World). The deadline for abstract submission is September 1, […]


General Section Call for Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, Section Secretary The General Section Nominating Committee, consisting of Paul Kish, T.L. Williams, and William Andrews, announces a call for nominations for Section Director, Section Chair, and Section Secretary, all of whom will be elected during the section business meeting in February 2022. A list of officer responsibilities may be […]


Odontology Abstracts for 2022

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 […]


Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

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 […]


General Section Info Session and Call for Submissions

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 […]


General Section Nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt Awards

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 claire_e_shepard@yahoo.com by August 15, 2021. For a list of […]


Criminalistics Section Awards: Submit Your Nominations

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 […]


Odontology Section News—Call for Abstracts and Volunteers

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 […]


Toxicology Call for Abstracts, Workshops, and Meeting Volunteers!

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 […]


The Passing of Dr. Vicki Wedel, PhD

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 […]


Remembering Randall C. Baselt, PhD

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 […]


ASB Toxicology Standards Open for Public Comment

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 […]


Michigan Governor Appoints Two AAFS Fellows to Newly Created Task Force of Forensic Science

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 […]