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  • 15 Nov 2021 4:51 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    The American Board of Criminalistics Fall 2021 Newsletter is now available!

  • 8 Nov 2021 3:03 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    The American Academy of Forensic Sciences established the Academy Standards Board (ASB) in 2016 with a vision of safeguarding Justice, Integrity and Fairness through Consensus Based American National Standards. The ASB develops consensus based forensic standards within a framework accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ASB values integrity, scientific rigor, openness, due process, collaboration, excellence, diversity and inclusion. ASB is dedicated to developing and making freely accessible the highest quality documentary forensic science consensus Standards, Guidelines, Best Practice Recommendations, and Technical Reports in a wide range of forensic science disciplines as a service to forensic practitioners and the legal system.


    The ASB is currently accepting applications for the consensus bodies (CB). Each CB consists of 7 to 25 members and creates and approves by consensus Forensic documents. The CBs also consider comments, views, and objections to ballots and resolve all comments received in connection with the development of documents. ASB CBs are open to all materially interested and affected individuals, companies, and organizations. The application deadline is November 19, 2021.  


    We are asking that you share the below call for members with the membership of the Midwestern Association of Forensic Scientists. We would also like to extend an invitation to you and your membership to join the ASB Newsletter list in order to receive updates of newly published documents, documents open for public comment, and other ASB activities and opportunities. A request to join the email list can be sent to me ( or our general email box (



    Call for Members (ASB Consensus Bodies)

    ANSI Accredited Standards Developer

    AAFS - American Academy of Forensic Sciences

    Please complete the application by November 19, 2021.  

    The ASB is currently accepting applications for the consensus bodies. To maintain a specific balance across interest categories we are looking to fill openings in the following interest categories for each consensus body but we will accept applications for all interest categories. The application for membership can be filled out here.


    Anthropology: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice

    Bloodstain Pattern Analysis: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice

    Crime Scene Investigation: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice

    Disaster Victim Identification: General Interest, Producers, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice

    DNA: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice

    Dogs and Sensors: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, User Government

    Firearms and Toolmarks: Organizations, General Interest, Producers, User Non-Government

    Footwear and Tire Tracks: General Interest, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice, Organizations, Producer, User Non-Government

    Forensic Document Examination: General Interest, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice, Organizations, Producers

    Friction Ridge: General Interest, Organizations, Producer

    Medicolegal Death Investigation: General Interest, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice, Organizations, Producer, User Government, User Non-Government

    Toxicology: General Interest, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice, Producer

    Wildlife: General Interest, Jurisprudence and Criminal Justice, Organizations, Producers, User Non-Government


    Click here for a detailed description of the Interest Categories.

    Click here for the description of the currently active AAFS Standards Board Consensus Bodies.


    Please contact if you have any questions.

  • 8 Nov 2021 3:00 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)
    The AAFS 2022 Annual Meeting will be a hybrid event this year, occurring Feb. 21-25, and may be attended in-person or virtually.  There is an Early Bird discount now available for early registrants.  For more info, please see the following flyer or visit the AAFS website.

  • 12 Oct 2021 10:10 AM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    Greetings from the American Board of Criminalistics,

    With the recent addition of the Biological Evidence Screening (BIO) and Forensic DNA (DNA) certification examinations, field testing of the Foundational Knowledge Exam (FKE), and continuing development of future examinations in our quest for ISO 17024 Accreditation, we are looking to expand the Certification Examination Management Groups (CEMGs) for these and other certification examinations.

    Do you think you might be interested in test development and management of certification examinations?  Do you have a knack for writing test questions that assess the competency of a forensic scientist?  We are seeking scientific experts with the knowledge, skills, and abilities within a given specialty, or other areas that may be related to a specific discipline, to help us develop and maintain certification examinations.  As a CEMG member, you will be asked to generate, review, and evaluate test questions on an ongoing basis as needed.  If selected, you will work under the guidance of the Examination Coordinator throughout the year. CEMG members should expect to dedicate two (2) hours per month to ABC activities on average.

    CEMG members will be chosen to represent broad demographical and geographical areas across the forensic science community.  Members of ABC membership organizations and ABC certificate holders are preferred, and the latter will receive one (1) point towards recertification annually.

    Please take a moment to fill out the survey and upload your Statement of Qualifications or Curriculum Vitae via this link: Prospective CEMG Member Survey

    We look forward to working with you!


    Danielle Hankinson



    Audra Curry Yovanovich

    Chair, Examination Committee

  • 12 Oct 2021 10:05 AM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)
    The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is recruiting for an At-Large Director to serve on the Board of Directors (BoD).   The candidate is voted in by the BoD for a three year term. This 3 year term will expire at the conclusion of the February 2025 ABC board meeting.


    This position would require approximately 4-6 hours a month to execute the responsibilities and tasks listed below.  One to two in-person meetings are held each year: one typically in association with the annual AAFS meeting and a second in the summer in a location that is selected by the BOD, if necessary.  The meeting logistics typically include travel on Friday or Saturday to meet for full days on Saturday and/or Sunday with return travel Sunday evening or Monday morning depending on flight availability.  This is a volunteer, unpaid position.  A travel/per diem stipend is offered to cover the cost of travel, lodging, and per diem (at federal government rates).


    The At-large member serves the ABC in the best interest of the ABC operations and business of professional certification.  The member shall have no conflicts of interest that may influence the individual's decisions or duties of the At-large position and the ABC.


    If interested in this position, please send a cover letter, resume (or CV), and a letter of recommendation from a participating ABC Member Organization to the ABC Registrar, at The closing date for application is November 16, 2021.


    The letter of recommendation from an executive of the nominating Member Organization should acknowledge that the member is in good standing.  The Member Organization may supplement the ABC stipend (currently at $700 per meeting) to reimburse the member for the required annual in-person meeting.


    Representative Tasks of the Board of Directors:

    ·         Establish and administer the Certification Program, to include defining eligibility requirements, defining certification and recertification processes, and setting fees for certification.

    ·         Maintain applicable documents including forms, policies and procedures for overall function of the Board and relevant committees as well as the Certification Program.

    ·         Research and develop possible funding sources; receive funds; account for and distribute funds.

    ·         Establish and maintain appeals processes as needed (i.e., ethics violations; examination results; candidate’s applications; etc.).

    ·         Prepare and distribute announcements.


    Representative Tasks of a Director:

    ·         Read, comment, and vote on policies and procedures affecting the organization and the certification process.

    ·         Attend semi-annual meetings of the Board of Directors.

    ·         Attend regularly scheduled teleconference meetings.

    ·         Participate in committee-level activities.  Chair committees as required.

    ·         When possible, assist with the administration of certification examinations.

    ·         Communicate with Member Organization, where applicable, regarding the work of the ABC.


    Benefits to the At-Large Director:

    • Have a voice in the national discussion on certification testing for forensic professionals.
    • Be involved in determining the discipline tests that are offered.
    • Interact with other forensic professionals from around the country.
    • Add to your CV; this is a significant leadership position within the forensic community. 




  • 8 Oct 2021 2:41 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    Please join us for the Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists (NEAFS) Annual Meeting

    November 1st - November 5th, 2021at the Newport Marriott, 25 America's Cup Ave Newport, Rhode Island 02840


    Tuesday, November 2nd Workshops - virtual options offered.  For more information  visit

    Wednesday, November 3rd: Scientific Sessions in Crime Scene Investigation & Criminalistics, Forensic Biology & DNA Analysis, Drug Chemistry, Toxicology, Trace/Arson & Explosives


    Evening Session: Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass Murder 4th Edition

    by James Alan Fox (Author), Jack Levin  (Author), Emma E. Fridel (Author)


    Thursday, November 3rd: Plenary Sessions


    Guilty Until Proven Innocent: The roles that advocacy and compassion play in establishing innocence, Radha Natarajan-Executive Director, New England Innocence Project, Sarah Chu - Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy, Innocence Project, John Lentini-Fire Scene Cause and Origin Expert Islamorada , Florida


    Luncheon:  Elaine Murphy - Ellis was convicted in 1995, at his third trial, for the murder and robbery of Boston Police Detective John Mulligan in the pre-dawn hours of Sept. 26, 1993. The murder was a brutal assassination, with five shots lobbed in the detective's face as he slept in his SUV outside the Roslindale Walgreens while working a security detail. Sean was 19 at the time.


    Days after the crime, Sean spoke voluntarily to detectives, without a lawyer present, telling them he'd shopped at the Walgreens mall around 3 a.m. that day for diapers for his cousin's baby, driven there by his friend, Terry Patterson, then 18. Police found the diaper receipt that confirmed the errand in Ellis's apartment. His attorney, Rosemary Scapicchio, asks, “Would you place yourself at a murder scene if you were guilty?”


    Plenary Session II: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt: How the attorney/scientist dialogue and strong forensics build effective prosecutions


    ​The Cases of Kelly Hancock and Amy Lord: When Two Young Women Meet Two Evil Monsters


    And much more...
  • 20 Sep 2021 12:49 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    NJAFS is hosting a Webinar given by FIU's Jeff Teitelbaum about Luke May, America's Sherlock Holmes, on Wednesday, October 6th, at 12:00 pm EST.   Registration is free for all MAFS members (register as NJAFS member and then on next page put that you are a member of MAFS).

    Please see the attached flyer.  Registration link:

  • 1 Jun 2021 10:36 AM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    This 1-hour educational webinar, Standard Practices for Measurement Traceability in Forensic Toxicology, will spotlight the American National Standard on measurement traceability in the field of forensic toxicology. The webinar will include: an introduction of Academy Standards Board (ASB) and the Standards Development Organization (SDO) process; why metrological traceability is important; a walkthrough of ANSI/ASB Standard 017; how ANSI/ASB Standard 017 Applies to Specific Clauses of ISO/IEC 17025 and ANAB AR 3125; and a live Q&A session. Click here for more information and to register!

  • 27 Apr 2021 3:39 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    Please see the following webinar announcement, featuring Dr. Joye Carter, Medial Examiner for San Luis Obispo County, CA.  The featured presentation is entitled "Real Forensic Pathology vs. Reel: An Inside Look at Death Investigation", and will be held May 3rd, 2021.

  • 12 Apr 2021 3:26 PM | MAFS Webmaster (Administrator)

    The latest ABC Newsletter may be found here.  Be sure to see the important Trace Examination announcement contained within!

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