Award Recipients


The Distinguished Fellow Award and the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award will be presented on Wednesday, February 19, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting. Please join us in acknowledging your most distinguished colleagues as they are presented with these prestigious awards.

Distinguished Fellows
Betty Layne DesPortes, JD, MS
Iain A. Pretty, BDS, PhD

Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award
Audrey M. Williams, PhD


2020 Section Award Honorees

Section Awards will be presented during Section Business Meetings, also on Wednesday, February 19. The Section Award recipients will be acknowledged again before the entire membership during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting.

Anthropology Section’s
T. Dale Stewart Award: H. Gill-King, PhD
J. Lawrence Angel Award: Saskia Ammer, MSc
Ellis R. Kerley Research Award: Gregory E. Berg, PhD

Criminalistics Section’s
Paul L. Kirk Award: Jose R. Almirall, PhD
Mary E. Cowan Outstanding Service Award: Matthew R. Wood, PhD
Meritorious Service Award: Jennifer S. Mihalovich, MPH

Digital & Multimedia Sciences Section’s
Outstanding Case Study Award Brandon Epstein, BS; Marla E. Carroll, BS
Outstanding Research Award Nicole R. Odom, MSFS; Jesse M. Lindmar; Josh Brunty, MS; Catherine G. Rushton, EdD

Engineering & Applied Sciences Section’s
Founders Award: Michelle R. Hoffman, MS

General Section’s
John R. Hunt Award: Paul E. Kish, MS
Paul W. Kehres Meritorious Service Award: Joanna L. Collins, MFS

Odontology Section’s
Lester Luntz Award: Richard A. Weems, DMD
Reidar F. Sognnaes Award of Excellence in Forensic Odontology: Patrick W. Thevissen, PhD

Pathology/Biology Section’s
Milton Helpern Award: Duarte Nuno Vieira, PhD, MD
Award for Achievement in the Forensic Life Sciences: John R. Wallace, PhD

Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section’s
Rosner Best Paper Award: Cristina Secarea, MD

Questioned Documents Section’s
Maureen Casey-Owens Award for Best Paper or Poster: Nina Harnarine, BSc
Ordway Hilton Award: Linda L. Mitchell, BS

Toxicology Section’s
Irving Sunshine Award: Nathalie A. Desrosiers, PhD
Ray Abernethy Award: Eric S. Lavins, BS
Rolla N. Harger Award: Christine Moore, PhD, DSc
June K. Jones Scholarship: Haley Mulder, BS


FSF Jan S. Bashinski Criminalistics Graduate Thesis Assistance Grant Recipient: Cameron M. Longo, BS

Humanitarian and Human Rights Resource Center’s Clyde Snow Award Recipient: Duarte Nuno Vieira, PhD, MD

Ambassador of Forensic Science Award Recipient: The New York County District Attorney’s Office

FSF Emerging Forensic Scientist Award Recipients: Helen M. Brandt, MS; Carrie Polston, BA; Ellyn A. Zeidman, MS

FSF Warren-Young Scholarship Recipient: Pamela Carman, BA

FSF Henry C. Lee Scholarship Recipient: Giacomo Musile, PhD