COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) presented Kurt M. Dubowski, PhD, George Lynn Cross distinguished professor emeritus of medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, with the prestigious Gradwohl Medallion today during the Academy's 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting in Chicago. Dr. Dubowski joins an elite group of only 11 Academy members who have received this honor since its establishment in 1975.
Throughout his distinguished career Dubowski, who also currently serves as principal research scientist with the Civil Aerospace Medical Institute, Federal Aviation Administration has focused on twin tracks of laboratory medicine and forensic science, with emphasis on clinical and forensic chemistry and toxicology. The recipient of numerous professional awards, Dubowski is renowned for his contributions toward the development and evaluation of substance abuse testing. He has authored nearly 200 scientific articles and is a past-president and distinguished fellow of AAFS.
"Named after one of our founders, R.B.H. Gradwohl, this is the highest honor the Academy confers and is presented only to members who have attained exceptional distinction in the advancement of forensic sciences and made outstanding contributions to the profession and the Academy," said Joseph Bono, president, American Academy of Forensic Sciences. "Dr. Dubowski exemplifies the dedication, commitment and professionalism of Academy members who diligently work to strengthen the foundation of valid, relevant and reliable forensic science," Bono added.
AAFS also honored Pierre Margot, vice-dean, Law and Criminal Justice Faculty and Director of the School of Criminal Justice, University of Lausanne, Switzerland, with the Douglas M. Lucas Medal for outstanding international contributions to the field of forensic science. Additionally, the AAFS board of directors conferred the honor of Distinguished Fellow upon the following members in recognition of their contributions to the Academy and to the forensic sciences profession: Mary Fran Ernst, BLS, Fellow in the General Section; Patricia J. McFeeley, MD, Fellow in the Pathology/Biology Section; and Richard Rosner, MD, Fellow in the Psychiatry & Behavioral Science Section.
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences is a multi-disciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. The objectives of the Academy are to promote integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences.
Organized in 1948, AAFS serves a distinguished and diverse membership of 6,000 forensic science professionals who are the focal point for public information when forensic science issues are addressed in the public domain. AAFS publishes the internationally recognized Journal of Forensic Sciences. For more information visit www.aafs.org.
SOURCE American Academy of Forensic Sciences