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Dear ASCLD Colleagues,
Happy Independence Day! I hope those of you celebrating here in the US are able to enjoy a long weekend and make the time to rest and recharge. Many of my President’s Messages are related to selfcare and employee wellness and I am sure you have guessed that it is a topic of particular interest to me. For me, I want to help those I surround myself with to be the best version of themselves and set them up for success. Learning how to do this is a continuous process and I have learned that the saying is true – you cannot pour from an empty cup.
I often say that one of the greatest aspects of ASCLD is that it brings together leaders in forensic science to share experiences. I have learned through conversations with fellow ASCLD members that one of the shared experiences is that of stress and burnout among ourselves and our teams. This past week, Past-President Jeremy Triplett and I met with one of our keynote speakers, Paula Davis of the Stress and Resilience Institute, and spoke about stressors in forensic science. We are looking forward to learning about generosity fatigue and the difference between burnout and stress in Paula’s presentation this August. Her book, Beating Burnout at Work, is on my reading list.
Speaking of reading lists, I would like to know what you have read, listened to, or watched that has inspired you in your leadership journey. If you would take a moment, please let me know here: https://forms.gle/6MVvYsFtZu8bfZfP7 I will share your recommendations in a future Crime Lab Minute.
Talent for Pilgrim Media Group, a Lionsgate company, is currently developing an unscripted television series for a major cable network centered around an all-female team of forensic investigators and specialists. They are currently looking for a talented forensic scientist to join. The goal is for their on-camera team to explore homicide cold cases with the help of one of the most powerful DNA labs in the country and try to bring some peace of mind to the victims' families.
This notification does not describe a request made by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD). ASCLD is neither conducting nor endorsing this casting notice. Instead, ASCLD is sending this as an item of interest for members of the Criminalistics Section. Any specific questions regarding the participation request should be directed to Sémi Aboud at email@example.com or 310-402-7685.
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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 ninth episode will be held on Thursday July 15th at 1:00 EST and will focus on Fentanyl Signature Research. It will feature talks by Mirjam de Bruin-Hogée from the University of Amsterdam on fentanyl attribution using biomedical samples, Dr. Lauryn DeGreeff from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on vaporous targets for detection of fentanyl and related opioids, and Dr. J. Tyler Davidson from Sam Houston State University on the influence of chemical modifications on fentanyl analog fragmentation. The live event is limited to 100 people. To register, visit https://www.ascld.org/forensic-research-committee/
The webinar presentation will consist of three parts: (1) reviewing the contents of and findings in the NISTIR 8351-draft report, (2) discussing feedback received up to that point in the public comment period, and (3) providing an opportunity for interested parties and stakeholders to ask additional questions or seek clarification on the draft report.
Join us for the online conference:
Current Trends in Forensic Trace Analysis
When: July 26th – July 30th, 2021 from 8:45am – 12pm ET
With the ability to reach wider audiences, we are expanding offerings of current courses in Spanish.
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 courses:oratories and Inspection:
Basic Statistics for Laboratories and Inspection Bodies. This 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…
We continue our monthly Webinars and stay tuned for information about upcoming Feature Sessions.
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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