Thursday, March 13, 2008
Stetson University College of Law CrimProf Carol Henderson officially took the gavel as president of the
American Academy of Forensic Sciences on Feb. 21 at the Academy’s 60th
annual scientific meeting in Washington, D.C.
Henderson directs the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla.
"I look forward to the exciting challenges and possibilities of leading the AAFS in its mission to promote worldwide excellence in forensic science, education and research," Henderson said.
Henderson discussed the future of forensics and announced a new mission statement for the academy at the meeting, attended by thousands of forensic specialists from around the globe. The AAFS includes members from the United States, Canada and more than 50 other countries worldwide.
Under Henderson’s direction, the National Clearinghouse, a program of the National Institute of Justice, was formed at Stetson in 2003 to advance the use of science and technology in the law. The Clearinghouse is funded as part of the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence established by the NIJ.
With more than 6,000 members, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. [Mark Godsey]