Greetings ASCLD Colleagues and Friends,
Last week was another busy week! It was also the week of our ASCLD Board of Directors meeting, and we had so much to discuss and put to vote. Be on the lookout for some updates on the Mangers Toolkit and, as mentioned a few weeks ago, some changes to distribution of our CLM. As we continue to evolve as a community, ASCLD is dedicated to keeping up with that evolution.
We had an excellent meeting this week on for the 50th Anniversary ASCLD Symposium. We are still looking for volunteers- please feel free to reach out! Don’t forget to get those abstract in as soon as you can. Remember, we are looking for: resiliency talks, leadership talks and technical talks.
Many of you are aware of the ASCLD Accreditation Initiative (AAI). Please see the link below to a report published by RTI International regarding the AAI. The report includes program success, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations to improve the AAI in the future. Specific recommendations are provided for ASCLD, AAI mentors, toolkit updates, upfront training, and forensic science service providers participating in the AAI. I encourage you to read this report, and we thank our partners for putting this together!

As ASCLD members, it is important to “keep our finger on the pulse” of what is happening at the national level as far as policy and funding for forensics. The mission of the CFSO is to speak with a single forensic science voice in matters of mutual interest to its member organizations, to influence public policy at the national level, and to make a compelling case for greater federal funding for public crime laboratories and medical examiner offices. Check out the CFSO’s August newsletter HERE. Pay attention to the SDO Grant authorization, which ensures that many of the standards we use remain “no cost” to the forensic community.
Many of our ASCLD members (including myself) are actively involved in the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science. As you all know, OSAC works to strengthen forensic science in the U.S. by facilitating the development and use high-quality standards. Did you know that OSAC is hosting a virtual event on September 13th? This virtual event will feature presentations from the seven chairs of OSAC's Scientific Area Committees (SACs) and chair of the Forensic Science Standards Board (FSSB). Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback. Sign up now and mark those calendars!

As forensic science leaders, it is imperative that we continue to evolve. One of those areas of “evolution” is keeping in touch with our staff and understanding the stressors of their jobs. I received a stress survey from RTI and wanted to share it with you all. The survey will assist with a research study that aims to inform the criminal justice stakeholder community of the potential impact of vicarious trauma and/or burnout across all forensic science disciplines on work ability. To participate in this research study, please click link below:

I hope you all have had a great weekend and are looking forward to a productive week!
Jennifer D. Naugle
ASCLD President