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NIST @ AAFS 2024

The 76th Anniversary Conference of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will be held February 19-24, 2024 in Denver, CO.

NIST and OSAC will be exhibitors at the conference – visit us at booth #714 to learn more about forensic science research and standards efforts. For more information about forensic science at NIST, check out the following SPO programs:

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The following is a list of NIST presentations during AAFS

Monday, February 19


  • 8:30 am – 5:00 pm W1: Recommendations From the NIST/NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Forensic DNA Interpretation – Melissa Taylor, Nikola Osborne (NIST contractor)
  • 1:00 pm 4:30 pm W10: Evolving Approaches and Technologies to Address Existing Challenges in Seized Drug Analysis – Ed Sisco
  • 1:00 pm 5:30 pm W12: Reading the Blueprint to Construct the Framework: Demystifying Forensic Accreditation – Allison Getz

Tuesday, February 20


  • 8:40 am – 9:05 am Symposium Development of Nationwide Reference Population Distributions for Statistically Supported and Objective Testimony in Firearm Evidence Comparisons – Alan Zheng
  • 3:45 pm 4:10 pm Session IV – Forensic Biology/DNA STR Sequence Nomenclature Resources – Katherine Gettings
  • (Poster) Developing Reference Materials and Delivery Systems to Establish Ground Truth in Cannabis Breathalyzer Development - Tara Lovestead

Wednesday, February 21

Plenary Session



  • 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm L21 (Poster) EC-SERS and DART-TOF/MS for Toxicological Screening – Colby Ott, Ed Sisco

Thursday, February 22



  • 9:15 am – 9:30 am F41 An Update on the Status of Facial Identification – Steve Johnson (NIST contractor)


  • 9:00 am – 9:15 am B101 Firearms and Toolmarks Standards and Best Practices: A Collaboration of the NIST OSAC and AAFS Standards Board – Robert M. Sanger and Alan Zheng
  • 9:15 am – 9:30 am B102 OSAC Is Ten Years Old – What Will the Next Decade Bring? – Mark Stolorow, JP Jones
  • 9:45 am – 10:00 am B104 Standards Development Activities in Trace Materials – Sandy Koch
  • 10:00 am – 10:15 am B105 Standards Development Activities Related to Friction Ridge Examination – Henry Swofford
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Poster) B52 STRBase Moving Forward – Lisa Borsuk, Angela Lee, Peter Vallone
  • 11:30 am – 1:00 pm (Poster) B68 How to Minimize the Presence of Drug Residues on the Exterior of Drug Evidence Packaging After Analysis Elizabeth Robinson, MS*; Edward Sisco, PhD, Rebecca Mead, MS
  • 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm B123 A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Particulate Spread During Simulated Illicit Drug Manufacturing: Implications for Collection of Evidence and Crime Scene Safety – Ed Sisco


Friday, February 23


  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM B154 Feature Similarity (FS) and Congruent Matching Features (CMF) Methods for Comparison of Impressed Toolmarks in Firearm Evidence Identification – Junfeng Song
  • 11:15 am – 11:30 am B156 The Interoperability of Firearm Toolmark 3D Measurements on Objective Similarity Metrics – Alan Zheng, Johannes Soons, James Yen
  • 1:15 pm – 1:30 pm B135 Variant Allele Characterization in STR Markers Using Next Generation Sequencing – Becky Steffen
  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm B140 Expanding the STRSeq BioProject to Support Sequenced-Based STR Nomenclature – Lauren Mullen, Katherine Gettings, Lisa Borsuk
  • 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm B171 The NIST Footwear Impression Comparison System – Steve Lund, Saurabh Yelluru, Adam Pintar, Hari Iyer

Digital & Multimedia Sciences


  • 2:00 pm – 2:15 pm F170 Forensic Science Standards: A Look at Conformity Assessment and Implementation Models in the United States and Abroad – Allison Getz, Karen Reczek
  • 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm F172 Challenges and Solutions for the Implementation of Standards in the Non-Traditional Forensic Setting – Vinny Desiderio, Steve Johnson (NIST contractor), JP Jones, Allison Getz, Mark Stolorow


  • 9:00 am – 9:30 am G31 Inconclusive Decisions and Error Rates in Forensic Science – Henry Swofford, et al.
  • 10:15 am – 10:45 am G33 A New Black Box Study – Part II: Bullets (NIST/Noblis) – Austin Hicklin, Nicole Richetelli, Melissa Taylor, Robert Thompson
  • 1:45 pm – 2:15 pm G37 DNA Mixture Interpretation: A History of Field and NIST Foundation Study Findings – John Butler
  • 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm G39 An Overview of the NIST/NIJ Expert Working Group on Human Factors in Forensic DNA Interpretation Report – Melissa Taylor, Nikola Osborne (NIST contractor)
  • 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm G40 Improving Forensic DNA Interpretation Protocols and Reports Through the Implementation of Human Factors Recommendations – Britton Morin, Nikola Osborne (NIST contractor)

Saturday, February 24


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Created January 23, 2024, Updated February 5, 2024