Toxicology Section Call for Abstracts, Workshops, and Meeting Volunteers!

Source: Diane M. Boland, PhD, Section Program Chair Preparations are underway for the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL, taking place February 13–18, 2023. The deadline for scientific submissions (abstracts and workshop proposals) is quickly approaching on August 1! AAFS President Laura Fulginiti has chosen the theme of “Science Works” for the upcoming meeting. […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News—July 22, 2022

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair The deadline is closing for abstract submissions for oral, poster, case studies, and workshops. The Program Committee is actively seeking moderators for the sessions. If you can volunteer for a segment (usually 90 minutes), please contact Co-Chairs Kelly Berishaj ( or Janean Fossum ( Training […]

General Section Call for Section Nominations

Source: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, General 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 2023. A list of officer responsibilities may […]

Digital & Multimedia Sciences News—Annual Conference Updates

Source: Patrick Eller, MS, Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section Chair The Digital & Multimedia Sciences (DMS) Section would like to remind everyone that abstract submissions are due August 1, 2022. We are looking for abstracts to fulfill a session of presentations related to the 75th Anniversary of AAFS. This section of presentations would present the […]

Forensic Nursing Science Section News

Source: Joyce P. Williams, DNP, Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair In an effort to provide important issues to our section members, we plan to publish articles that will illuminate national and international interest. We will also publish reports on the unique contributions of forensic nurses who have been engaged in the humanitarian missions associated with […]

A Snapshot of AAFS Forensic Nursing Science Section Chair Joyce P. Williams, DNP

As a young and eager nurse, the specialty of critical care was the perfect role this new graduate! Joyce Williams admits that she was challenged by caring for the patients who were experiencing life-threatening medical conditions, those recovering from complex surgeries, and the many others who had incurred traumatic injuries. However, after attending just two […]

Professional Liability Insurance: Is It Optional?

Source: David Griffith, Senior Vice President, Aon Affinity Health Care Division Events over the past two-plus years have made many nursing professionals reconsider whether they should continue to rely solely on their employer’s liability insurance to protect their ability to practice as a nurse, their financial wellbeing, and even their freedom. Whether due to the […]

Are You Prepared for an Active Shooter Incident?

Source: Cliff Akiyama, MA, MPH On the 4th of July, 2022, there were two highly publicized “active shooters,” one in Highland Park, IL, in which the 21-year-old shooter killed 7 and injured 40, who were all having a fun time, cheering and celebrating the 246th year of the birth of this nation. The second shooting […]

The Nurse Rodonda Vought Case—A Hospital Investigator’s Perspective

Source: Bruce Sackman, MA, Retired Investigator and Author No one has a greater appreciation for the profession of nursing than I. During a forty-plus-year career as an investigator specializing in medical center internal investigations, I have had the opportunity to work closely with some of the most professional, dedicated, and compassionate people on the planet. […]

In Memoriam—Robert G. Williams, DDS

Source: Robin Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair It is with sadness we let you know that Dr. Robert (Bob) G. Williams (Retired Fellow, Odontology) passed away on July 1, 2022, at the age of 70.  Here are some thoughts from fellow forensic odontologists: “Bob was a tough nut . . . outspoken, opinionated, and did […]

Winnie Furnari Receives 2022 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Source: Belmont Business Media AAFS General Section Fellow Winnie Furnari, MS, was awarded the 2022 Esther Wilkins Lifetime Achievement Award by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene, the Journal of Professional Excellence. This prestigious award, which is sponsored by Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals, Inc., is presented each year to recognize the distinguished career of a worthy individual who […]

General Section Award Nominations

Soource: Brian L. Janysek, MFS, General Section Secretary The General Section is accepting nominations for the Paul W. Kehres and John R. Hunt awards to be presented at the 2023 AAFS meeting. All nominations must be emailed to the General Section Awards Committee Chair, Claire Shepard, at by August 15, 2022. For a list […]

Announcing ABFO Age Assessment Workshop to Be Held in Conjunction With the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference

Source: Robin A. Ainsworth, DDS, Odontology Section Chair The American Board of Forensic Odontology (ABFO) will present an Age Assessment Workshop in conjunction with the AAFS 75th Anniversary Conference in Orlando, FL. A portion of the workshop will be completed by attending a pre-workshop webinar and the hands-on portion will be held on Saturday, February […]

ABC Seeking Drug Analysis Experts to Assist With the Development of a New Examination

Source: Shawn K. West, MSFS, ABC Vice President The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is committed to developing competency-based certification examinations. We are ready to begin the development of a new seized drugs analysis examination. To begin this process, we need the help of expert practitioners in identifying the competencies required to be successful as a […]

In Memoriam—Richard A. Weems

Richard A. Weems, DMD, MS, D-ABFO, a native of Birmingham, AL, passed away on March 4, 2022. He received his dental degree from the School of Dentistry, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), in 1977. He served for two years as a dental officer in the United States Army at Fort Jackson, SC, practiced general […]

Toxicology Section Call for Nominations

Source: Tate Yeatman, MS, Toxicology Section Awards and Scholarships 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, 2022. The Alexander O. Gettler Award—Analytical Achievement in Forensic Toxicology […]