Featured AAFS Members


  • Thomas W. Vastrick, BS
    • Thomas W. Vastrick, BS

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  • Ruth E. Winecker, PhD
    • Ruth E. Winecker, PhD

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  • Richard Rosner, MD
    • Richard Rosner, MD

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  • Peter W. Loomis, DDS
    • Peter W. Loomis, DDS

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  • Paul E. Kish, MS
    • Paul E. Kish, MS

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  • Mark Pollitt, PhD
    • Mark Pollitt, PhD

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  • Laura L. Liptai, PhD
    • Laura L. Liptai, PhD

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  • Kathleen J. Reichs, PhD
    • Kathleen J. Reichs, PhD

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  • Joyce L DeJong, DO
    • Joyce L DeJong, DO

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  • Josiah Dykstra, PhD
    • Josiah Dykstra, PhD

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  • John J. Lentini, BA
    • John J. Lentini, BA

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  • Jeffrey M. Smith, MS
    • Jeffrey M. Smith, MS

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  • Jane A Lewis , MFS
    • Jane A Lewis , MFS

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  • Doug H. Ubelaker, PhD
    • Doug H. Ubelaker, PhD

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Academy News Featured Members
  • Yale H. Caplan, PhD: AAFS Gradwohl Laureate
    The R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion is the Academy’s highest honor to be bestowed on one who has made an exceptional contribution to the field of forensic science. It is a distinct pleasure to announce that Dr. Yale H. Caplan has been selected by the AAFS Board of Directors as the newest AAFS Gradwohl Laureate. Dr. Caplan has served the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and the forensic science profession for more than 50 years. He is considered to be one of the most highly regarded experts in the …
  • Daniel Mabel Honored With AAFS Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award
    The AAFS Past Presidents Council is pleased to announce that the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Achievement in Forensic Science Award is Daniel E. Mabel, MS, a Member in the Criminalistics Section. The award will be presented by Betty Layne DesPortes, Chair of the Past Presidents Council, on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, during the AAFS Annual Business Meeting in Baltimore. Mr. Mabel will receive $1,000 and a commemorative plaque. In addition, the Academy will pay the expenses of his …
  • AAFS Distinguished Fellow: Carol E. Henderson, JD
    Carol E. Henderson, AAFS Past President and Jurisprudence Section Fellow, has been named “Distinguished Fellow” by the AAFS Board of Directors. Ms. Henderson will be honored with the Distinguished Fellow Award during the 2019 Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, in Baltimore, MD. Ms. Henderson was elected into membership in the Jurisprudence Section in 1984 and was promoted to Fellow in 1990. As a Provisional Member (now Associate Member), she immediately became involved in committ …
  • April is National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
    Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development & Accreditation In 1978, San Francisco and New York City held the first Take Back the Night events in the United States. Over time, sexual assault awareness activities grew to include the issues of sexual violence against men and men’s roles in ending sexual violence. National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month was first observed nationally in 2001; it continues to grow and educate the public regarding the prevention of sexual a …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Carol E. Henderson, BA, JD – 2008-2009 AAFS President
    Source:  Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation As National Women’s History Month comes to a close, we honor our sixth female AAFS President and the first female AAFS President from the Jurisprudence Section. The interaction of law and science is the nexus that creates the forensic science disciplines within the world of science. The law provides the forum for science to assist in the search for the truth and advance the cause of justice. Our sixth female AAFS President ex …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Mary Fran Ernst, BLS, 2001-2002 AAFS President
    In continued celebration of National Women’s History Month, we honor the work of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Presidents who have produced lasting effects on the quality of forensic science training and education. Although forensic science educational programs are common today, that was not always the case. Similarly, professional training programs in many areas of forensic science did not exist until the late 1970s. The fifth female AAFS President was a pioneer in the …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Patricia J. McFeeley, MD, 1999-2000 AAFS President
    Source: Nancy Jackson, AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation This month, we recognize and honor the many achievements of the female American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Past Presidents to celebrate National Women’s History Month. Of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, forensic science is the most subject diverse, encompassing all of the other fields within the various disciplines of forensic science. The first three AAFS Presidents were toxicolog …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Marina Stajić, PhD, 1992-1993 AAFS President
    In honor of Women’s History Month, we prepare for the future by looking back at our female presidents, to admire their accomplishments, and to reflect on the great distances they have traveled in their professional fields.  We can learn from these powerful and influential women who have preceded us and have achieved so much.  Our third female president, Marina Stajić, illustrates the international diversity of our organization. Marina Stajić, PhD, 1992-1993 AAFS President AAFS Past President Mar …
  • Robert E. Gaensslen Receives the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion
    Dr. Robert E. Gaensslen was honored at the 69th American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans, LA, with the Academy’s highest honor — the R.B.H. Gradwohl Medallion. The Gradwohl Medallion is intended to honor one who has made exceptional contributions to the field of forensic science. The criteria for the Gradwohl Award were set forth in 1974 by the AAFS Board of Directors. It is the highest honor of the AAFS and is the foremost peer award in the forensic …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates Maureen Casey Owens, D-ABFDE, 1984 AAFS President
    Source:  Nancy Jackson,  AAFS Director of Development and Accreditation As we continue to celebrate Women’s History Month, our focus is on the female trailblazers in forensic science who have served as presidents of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS). The second female president of the AAFS served during the noticeable growth and expansion of the organization while facing turbulent financial conditions. The stabilization efforts during the 1980s enabled AAFS to focus beyond the mec …