New American Academy of Forensic Sciences VP

Carrie Whitcomb was named Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

For sixty-two years, the AAFS has served a distinguished and diverse membership with 6,012 members divided into eleven sections spanning the forensic enterprise. Members include physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, psychiatrists, physicists, engineers, criminologists, educators and digital evidence experts. The AAFS represents 50 United States, Canada and 61 other countries worldwide.

Whitcomb is the director of the National Center for Forensic Science at the University of Central Florida. She was the first woman in the Washington, D.C. area to be a Federal Crime Lab Director. In 1976, Whitcomb was hired as a Forensic Chemist the US Postal Inspection Service and was the Director in 1988.

A computer was submitted to the lab for examination around 1990 for illegal contents. The digitized information on the computer was the evolution of paper documentation. By 2003, digital evidence became a sub-section of the forensic sciences.

In 1979, Whitcomb started to move through three sections of the AAFS to help develop the Digital and Multimedia Sciences Section in 2008. She was the director of the DMS Section from 2008 and 2009 and was also voted into the AAFS Executive Committee.

Whitcomb was voted to be one of two Vice Presidents of AAFS and will complete her term in February of  2012.


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