Abstract

Next year will be the fiftieth anniversary of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. This is as a time to reflect on past evements and on future challenges. I cannot believe that when founding fathers gathered in 1948, they understood the significance of the Academy's birth and the role it would take in advancing the science in forensic science. For the last fifty years forensic ntists of all disciplines have considered AAFS to be their essional home. They have labored to adapt technology developed for other purposes to the forensic sciences, and in doing so have only received recognition from their peers in the emy.

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