Greetings ASCLD Colleagues and Friends,
What a week! This week a cadre of ASCLD folks were evaluating some cities for the future Symposiums. It is hard to believe that 2026 is right around the corner and we really need to get those locations nailed down. We were lucky to visit three beautiful cities- I am always so impressed at the beauty of some of our nations cities and am reminded how each one is so unique. As our Executive Director, John Byrd pointed out, the visits were conducted over a few days and the itinerary was “fast and furious”, but we have some great locations, and we will discuss them at our next BOD meeting on August 19th.
Speaking of ASCLD Symposiums, the website for the 50th Anniversary ASCLD Symposium is LIVE! Check it out here: I think our President-Elect Tim Kupferschmid has done an excellent job of organizing a great event, but he certainly cannot do it alone. We had our first Symposium Planning meeting this past Friday, but we could always use more folks! Tim is looking for a few volunteers and chairs for the flowing teams:
  • Abstract Review Committee- if you want to have a voice in what is presented, please consider joining this team!
  • Local City Committee- are you a local in Austin? Then we need you to assist us with planning. What better people to guide us then the experts?
  • Workshop Marketing Committee- Are feeling like we need more workshops? Do you like to encourage (or nag) your talented colleagues to share their knowledge? Then we have a job for you- we need folks who can seek and encourage talent for our sessions!
If you want to help, please reach out to Tim at
Speaking of workshops and talent, we have some important dates, and we need your help. Importantly, our call for abstracts is now open (opens August 8th and closes September 16th) and we need all of you to participate. We have spots for workshops and plenary sessions. We want to leverage the best thinktank group for crime lab leaders and that group is our membership! I know you each have something to share, so please get those abstracts in! Click here to learn more about submitting your abstract(s):
For having a 50th Anniversary, I would say we have aged well- so pull out your bellbottoms and leisure suits, crank up your transistor radio and join us for the off-site event which will be held at the Oasis Texas Brewing Co. (OTXBC) This place has beautiful views and I know you all will love it.
We all know how fast forensic science is evolving. I encourage you to take the time to attend this webinar that will feature a validation completed at by our friends at the NC State Crime Laboratory for the method of Hematoxylin staining to screen roots in the telogen growth phase for DNA analysis. Make sure you attend this fascinating webinar on August 16th at 1pm est. Click here for more information:
We received information from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA- affiliated with NIH) that they are launching the “Cause of Death Elucidated (CODE) in Drug Overdose” Challenge, which is soliciting ideas for novel postmortem toxicology screening tools that would be used to inform and streamline suspected drug overdose death investigations and to improve drug specification in overdose death counts. If you know of an inventor, make sure to get them this flier.
These days of summer are winding down. This weekend, though, I will be attending a local ballgame (the Madison Mallards) with our crime laboratory folks at our Madison location. My husband, Bart, organized this fun, family event for the laboratory. I am looking forward to seeing my coworkers, enjoying their company and watching some ball! We may grab a beer and brat (as you do in Wisconsin). I hope you all have had a great weekend and are gearing up for a productive week.
Go Team ASCLD!
Jennifer D. Naugle
ASCLD President