President's Message
I wanted to give you an update on the 2020 Symposium. Ramona Robertson and John Byrd have been working tirelessly to reconcile our books and hopefully, put the 2020 symposium behind us and move forward. Please keep in mind, we did not have to pay any costs to the hotel, and we are only looking at total symposium income, expenses and profit/loss. This is not a full accounting as there are a few items yet to be completed.
Registration payments/refunds:
All symposium registration refunds have been issued except for a couple of minor issues that will not affect total income/expenses.
Vendor Booths and sponsorships:
Good News! We are starting 2021 with booths totaling $84,500 and additional sponsorships totaling $23,500 for a grand total of $108,000. Of the 56 paid vendors, JusticeTrax, STACS DNA, and Promega donated their booth costs or a portion of their booth cost to ASCLD. In addition, 20 vendors asked to have their booth costs moved to 2021. THANK YOU! 
Of the remaining vendors, 5 vendors did not respond and therefore their booths were moved to the 2021 symposium books and 28 requested refunds.
Total donations to ASCLD, from either Vendors or ASCLD members: $13,268.25
2020 Symposium Costs:
As of the date of this writing, there were expenses totaling $94,853.57 for services already rendered to the 2020 Symposium. Some of these expenses (not an inclusive list) included Kinsley Meeting Management Services to manage the Symposium, MiMedia Productions for audio/video services, C-1 Trade Show Services to manage the Exhibit Hall, EventMobi for our symposium mobile app services, ASCLD Store Items, etc. Finally, there are still two or three outstanding expenses that we anticipate paying in the next couple of weeks to include shipping items originally designated for the 2020 Symposium in Denver to the 2021 Symposium in Boston.
Keynote Speakers:
All keynote speakers have agreed to present at our 2021 Symposium. Their speaking fees will move into the accounting for 2021.
Leadership Academy:
The Leadership Academies continued with their on-line classes. The instructors are determining how and when the capstone is going to take place.
ASCLD does not yet have a final financial statement from the symposium; however, we hope to have a final balance sheet by the June 17, 2020 virtual Annual Meeting. Although we may not have the normal income in this year’s budget from the symposium, we have money in our accounts to cover anticipated bills and are continuing to move forward. ASCLD will be diligent and deliberate in our spending. If you have questions or would like a more detailed accounting of any of our expenses, please contact .
Stay Safe, Stay Strong, and Stay Healthy

Looking Ahead
May 15, 2020 - Board Meeting - telephonic
June 17, 2020 - Annual Meeting - virtual (1pm EST)
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In Memoriam

Howard Dobres retired Lab Director, DEA New York Lab, passed away last Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Howard was a mentor to many of our members.
ASCLD is leading the review and update of three of the IFSA MRDs. Your comments and suggested updates are appreciated.  Please contact the lead reviewer for each document with your suggestions:
Kevin Lothridge (seized drugs), Erin Forry (DNA), and Brooke Arnone (Crime Scene)

Message from the Trauma & Stress Working Group:

Recently, the Trauma & Stress Working group has added a document to the Manger’s Toolkit which will help managers detect and mitigate stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout in forensic practitioners. The timely detection and mitigation of these issues is critical for the individual's well-being and the employer's retention of productive employees. We would like to encourage everyone review the document  Management Detection and Mitigation of Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Burnout in Forensic Practitioners
SWGDRUG Would like your Input

The Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) has posted two DRAFT revised documents for review by the forensic science community. To ensure the document addresses the needs of the community, SWGDRUG invites your comments and suggestions.  

The two documents are available on the SWGDRUG website . Please provide your comments on this proposed document using the provided survey links. 



Responses from the community will be collected until May 10, 2020. Thank you for taking part in the recommendation process. SWGDRUG appreciates your efforts in helping to build consensus within the community.  

Forensic Research Committee Bulletin - March Issue
The goal of the Laboratories and Educators Alliance Program (LEAP) is to facilitate collaborative research between academia and forensic science laboratories. This joint effort between the American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) and the Council of Forensic Science Educators (COFSE) identifies forensic science needs and provides a platform for laboratories, researchers, and students to seek projects aligning with their mutual research capabilities. Read more... 
2020 Research Innovation Award (from the Forensic Research Award Committee):

Amber K. Burns, Chemistry Section Manager for the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Division.

See the FRC webpage for more information
Funding Opportunities
For the most up to date Funding Opportunities visit:

FY2020 Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative Due May 8, 2020

FY2020 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Due May 11, 2020

FY2020 Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program Due May 29, 2020

FY 2020 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence Due June 15, 2020

FY 2020 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) Program Due June 15, 2020

FY2020 Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program Due June 15, 2020

FY 2020 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive
Due June 19, 2020

FY 2020 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula
Due June 19, 2020

Standards Corner
OSAC and ASCLD would like your input on the following standards up for comment (survey closes May 1st):
ANSI/ASB 045, Standard for Stature Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition,
2019 . ANSI-ASB-045
ANSI/ASB 090, Standard for Sex Estimation in Forensic Anthropology, First Edition,
2019 . ANSI-ASB-090
Biological Methods
ANSI/ASB 022, Standard for Forensic DNA Analysis Training Programs, First Edition,
2019 . ANSI-ASB-022

  Materials (Trace)
ASTM E1967-19 Standard Test Method for the Automated Determination of
Refractive Index of Glass Samples Using the Oil Immersion Method and a Phase
Contrast Microscope.  ASTM-E1967-19
ASTM E2330-19 Standard Test Method for Determination of Concentrations of
Elements in Glass Samples Using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry
(ICP-MS) for Forensic Comparisons. ASTM-E2330-19

ANSI/ASB 036, Standard Practices for Method Validation in Forensic Toxicology, First
Edition, 2019 . ANSI-ASB-036

Wildlife Forensics
ANSI/ASB 019, Wildlife Forensics General Standards, First Edition, 2019 .
ANSI/ASB 028, Wildlife Forensics Morphology Standards, First Edition, 2019 .
ANSI/ASB 029, Report Writing in Wildlife Forensics: Morphology and Genetics, First
Edition, 2019 . ANSI-ASB-029
ANSI/ASB 046, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standards – STR Analysis, First Edition,
2019 . ANSI-ASB-046
ANSI/ASB 047, Wildlife Forensics Validation Standard – Validating New Primers for
Sequencing, First Edition, 2019 . ANSI-ASB-047
ANSI/ASB 048, Wildlife Forensics DNA Standard Procedures, First Edition, 2019 .

Click HERE to review standards available for comment.

April 2020 OSAC Standards Bulletin now available, click HERE
FREE 2020 Forensic Symposium: Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology
Register now at
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ANAB - Upcoming training events

April 28-May 1, 2020, San Antonio, TX
June 16-19, 2020, Minneapolis, MN
September 15-18, 2020, Washington, D.C.
November 3-6, 2020, Rancho Cordova, CA
April 28-May 1, 2020, New York, NY
May 12-15, 2020, San Francisco, CA
June 9-12, 2020, Milwaukee, WI
June 23-26, 2020, Towson, MD
November 16-19, 2020 Fort Worth, TX

June 23-26, 2020 (2-4pm ET)

June 24-26, 2020 (11am-1pm ET)

April 7-9, 2020, Washington, D.C.

May 5-8, 2020, Washington, D.C.
August 4-7, 2020, St. Louis

May 19, 2020, Cary, NC
May 20-21, 2020, Cary, NC 

April 8-9, 2020, Springfield, VA
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Donate to ASCLD
Donations to ASCLD can now be made online! This is a great way to honor the memory of a forensic colleague, to commemorate a life event for that person who has everything, or to otherwise assist in supporting the tireless efforts of the ASCLD organization in the pursuit of excellence in forensic science management. The donation page can be accessed by clicking HERE or by visiting the ASCLD website and clicking on "Donate to ASCLD" under the "Member Site" tab (this donation page is accessible even to non-members). Please consider donating and do share this information with anyone you think might be interested.
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