President's Message
Dear ASCLD Colleagues,
 
The Summer ASCLD Leadership Academy is open for registration! The Leadership Academy will be offering both Level I and Level II classes in the Summer Session. All classes will be virtual with an in-person capstone session in late August in Boston. Head over to the ASCLD Symposium Website to register (www.ascldsymposium.com).
 
Our ASCLD Forensic Research Committee continues to shine with the virtual “Lightning Talks” series which highlights new and emerging research in all areas of forensic science. Each live episode features three brief talks given by practitioners, researchers and/or students. The fifth episode will be at 1:00 EST on Thursday March 4th and will focus on Non-Targeted Forensic Toxicology. Dr. Alex Krotulski from CSFRE will speak about comprehensive testing using high resolution mass spectrometry, Dr. Luke Rodda of the San Francisco OCME will share effective toxicology schemes, and Dr. Markus Meyer of Saarland University will discuss the role of phase II conjugates in non-targeted analysis. Register at https://www.ascld.org/lightning-talks-registration/
 
Lastly, save the date for ASCLD Emerging Issues: COVID-19. Our Training and Education Committee and Member Resource Committee have partnered with FTCOE at RTI International on a series of webinars on March 17th, 24th, and 29th. Registration information will be provided soon.
Have a terrific week!
 
Be well,

Erin
 
Erin P. Forry
ASCLD President
ASCLD monthly board meeting, 3rd Friday of every month

Next meeting: February 19th, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
Weekly News and Resources
ASCLD News
The ASCLD Forensic Research Committee is proud to announce the next
episode of a virtual “Lightning Talks” series to highlight new and emerging
research in all areas of forensic science.

Each episode will feature three short talks given by practitioners, researchers, and/or students. The fifth episode will be held on Thursday March 4th at 1:00 EST and will focus on Non-Targeted Forensic Toxicology. It will feature talks by Dr. Alex Krotulski from CSFRE on comprehensive testing using high resolution mass spectrometry, Dr. Luke
Rodda from the San Francisco OCME on effective toxicology testing schemes,
and Dr. Markus Meyer from Saarland University on the role of phase II conjugates in non-targeted analysis. The live event is limited to 100 people. To register, visit https://www.ascld.org/lightning-talks-registration/.

ASCLD has a few award opportunities with deadlines listed below. If you have any questions, please contact office@ascld.org and your questions will be forwarded to Nominations & Awards committee chair, Director Scott O’Neill.


deadline April 30th


“Attention! The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces it will be extending the deadline for submissions to March 1st!” 

The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces

The LEAP Collaboration Award. (flyer)
The Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award. (flyer
The Second Annual Innovation Award. (flyer)

Application Process:
1.      Complete the application, found at https://www.ascld.org/nominations/
2.   Include a 1 – 2 page description of the evaluation/validation study, specifically addressing the criteria
3.      Submit the completed application electronically to ascldfrc@gmail.com

Application Window: December 14th, 2020 - March 1, 2021
Also, please continue to submit your photos to social media with the hashtag #ASCLDfun
Here are some photos of forensic science in action!
Is your laboratory doing something exciting like building a new lab, incorporating new standards or tackling and overcoming operational challenges during COVID? Are you interested in submitting an article for publication in the CLM? Please submit articles electronically to https://www.ascld.org/clm-submission/ 
ASCLD Partnerships
NIJ recently released a new FY2021 solicitation on “Research and Evaluation on Crime Laboratory Systems and Processes”. With this solicitation NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding and strengthening the accuracy and reliability of a crime laboratory’s systems and processes.
Closing date is March 22, 2021
Please note:
In FY 2021, applications will be submitted in a new two-step process, each with its own deadline:
1. Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in Grants.gov.
Step 1, Grants.gov, Deadline: March 8, 2021, by 11:59 PM ET
2. Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.
Step 2, Application JustGrants, Deadline: March 22, 2021, by 11:59 PM ET

For more information, click HERE.
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
ASB updates from ANSI Standards Action
To view a summary of items of interest to ASB members in ANSI Standards Action, visit the ANSI Standards Action Weekly Report folder on the ASB Workspace page. Please contact asb@aafs.org if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.
The Forensic Science Masters Program at Arcadia University is currently working on a project to gather the opinions of forensic biologists about “Activity Level Evaluative Reporting” through a Qualtrics survey. With the increased stress and uncertainty because of COVID19, we understand that time is limited. The survey should not take more than 5-10 minutes depending on the depth of your answers. This survey bridges important gaps in forensic literature and aims to better inform practitioners regarding activity level
reporting.

Please feel free to share the link to the survey below with your lab staff. We would appreciate getting the thoughts and opinions of as many forensic scientists as possible.

Funding Opportunities
For the most up to date Funding Opportunities visit: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/current

Standards Corner

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science monthly Standards Bulletin is now available. Read about the latest DNA standard to be added to the OSAC Registry and the nine other standards currently open for Registry comment. Also learn about the recently published toxicology and footwear and tire standards, the eight standards open for comment at standards developing organizations, and the new documents being initiated. 
Training
August 22-26, 2021 | Together Toward Tomorrow | Boston, MA
The ASCLD 2021 Symposium will be held at the Westin Copley in Boston’s historic Back Bay August 22-26, 2021.

Are you interested in presenting at ASCLD 2021? Click HERE to submit an abstract.

Continue to watch the 2021 ASCLD Symposium website here. for important updates. If you have any questions, please contact our Symposium Chair, Laura Sudkamp, laura.sudkamp@ky.gov.
NEDIAI would like to announce that they are offering FREE Webinars for the months of March/April. The following forensic track webinars will be given FREE through our ZOOM platform (see attachment). These are free to members in good standing.

If you are interested and would like to attend these webinars for FREE, please fill out the membership update contact form, which can be found at this link: https://www.nediai.org/uploads/1/0/7/5/107500531/nediai_membership_renewal_contact_update_form.pdf

The fee for the NEDIAI membership renewal is $25.00, which can be paid via our link to PayPal: https://www.nediai.org/membership.html or you may send a check to NEDIAI, PO Box 3044, Kingston RI 02881.

Webinar Schedule
ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Webinar Series (Archived)

Providing training and education to our membership is a core mission for ASCLD. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of our annual symposium this year, the Symposium Planning and Training and Education Committees found a way to bring timely and relevant content that would have been experienced in Denver, to the ASCLD membership.
Through a generous partnership with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence at RTI International, ASCLD presented a three-part webinar series entitled ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Wellness. Providing training and education in employee wellness is part of the current ASCLD Strategic Plan. In an already stressful profession, as we adapt and lead through the COVID-19 pandemic, this topic is particularly timely.

In June 2020, ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Wellness presented the webinars bleow. To view these and other archived training opportunities please visit: https://forensiccoe.org/allresources/

Speakers: Andrew Levin, Jonathan McGrath, Heidi Putney, & Danielle Crimmins

Speaker: Jody Wolf

Speaker: Robert Kirkby
ANAB - Upcoming training events

The pandemic changed how we do business and we quickly learned that online live training is both possible and, with the right tools and approach, highly effective. Bringing participants from around the world with different backgrounds and experiences into a single session enriched the experience for everyone involved.. Although we hope to return to in-person training in the second half of 2021, we are committed to continuing to provide online live options for all our training moving forward.  With the ability to reach wider audiences, we are expanding offerings of current courses in Spanish. 
 
Starting in Spring 2021, the following courses will be available live online in Spanish:
  • Forensic Technical Assessor
  • Forensic ISO/IEC 17025 Internal Auditor
  • Risk-based Thinking for Forensic Service Providers
 
We are also excited to introduce our new courses:oratories and Inspection:
Basic Statistics for Laboratories and Inspection BodiesThis course will introduce basic statistical techniques for collecting, organizing, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. Participants will strengthen their knowledge base of statistical techniques and their application to ISO/IEC 17020 and ISO/IEC 17025, and build confidence in the validity and reliability of their results. More..
 
Verification and Validation for Laboratories and Inspection Bodies. This course provides an introduction to the validation and verification of analytical methods and the common elements of a validation or verification plan. In addition, a general approach to performing a validation or verification will be reviewed along with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements for validation and verification of methods. More…
 
Webinars:
We continue our monthly Webinars and stay tuned for information about upcoming Feature Sessions.
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March 30-31, 2021, (9:30am-4:00pm ET) Live Online
 
8-11 de marzo de 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online – Spanish
May 17-21, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
June 28-July 2, 2021 (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
March 15-19, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
12-16 de abril de 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online - Spanish
April 19-23, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
June 28-July 2, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
March 9-10, 2021 (11:00am-3:30pm ET) Live Online
June 14-15, 2021 (11:00am-3:30pm ET) Live Online
 
March 15, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
June 16, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online

April 13-15, 2021 (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
May 25-26, 2021, (11:00am-3:00pm ET) Live Online
 
March 2-3, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
March 30-April 1, 2021, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
 
Self-paced Training (Web-based)
 
Self-paced Training (Web-based)

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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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