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
  • 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 …
  • Women’s History Month: AAFS Celebrates June K. Jones, 1979-1980 AAFS President
    In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are honoring the many achievements of women forensic scientists by recognizing the six women who have served as President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).  Few women worked in forensic science disciplines when AAFS was founded in 1948, but we have come a long way since then.  Women now are at the forefront of the boom in forensic science educational programs, comprising approximately 75% of graduates from accredited forensic science …