Questioned Documents Section News—June 2020

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Source: Karen J. Nobles, MFS, Section Chair

The 2021 AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting will be held February 15-20, 2021, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. The meeting theme is One Academy Pursing Justice Through Truth in Evidence. I believe this has been the goal of the Academy since its inception, but this year we will focus on that goal and highlight it with new and exciting research and ideas. With all of the upheaval this year, the AAFS has graciously extended the deadline for submission of abstracts to September 1.  Click HERE for more information on how to submit an abstract.

Samiah Ibrahim ( and Janet F. Masson (, your Questioned Documents Section Program Co-Chairs, have been hard at work developing an interesting and informative program for you. Please consider submitting abstracts for either oral or poster presentations. Your input is what makes the Academy so great. I have always felt that one of the greatest benefits of the Academy meetings is that they allow us to discuss ideas, concepts, and problems in both formal and informal settings. I always learn so much from my colleagues and return to work feeling energized.

Dennis J. Ryan, our Workshop Chair (, would love for you to contact him with ideas for workshops you would like to see. Our hands-on workshops enhance our skills and are always fun.

Now is also a great time to apply for promotion if you are eligible. If you have questions about Membership, don’t hesitate to contact Membership Coordinator Cheryl Hunter ( Cheryl is a wonderful resource and is always ready to assist in any way she can.

Last, please stay safe and healthy so we can see you next February in Houston!