President's Message
Dear ASCLD Colleagues,

We are in one of the most significant moments in history - in the midst of upheaval, pandemic, and cries for justice in our streets. As the world works to contain coronavirus and we witness social movements for injustice throughout our nation, the role of effective leadership has been brought into focus. Many of us are experienced in leading through crisis in our laboratories where we have two equally important responsibilities: solve the immediate problem and prevent it from happening again. But I think it is fair to say that we are faced with more challenging circumstances than any of us could have ever imagined.

ASCLD is a professional society of innovators and leaders and these times provide us with opportunities to rise and lead our forensic science community, all the while becoming stronger and better. We must look at these challenges as opportunities. Our 2020 ASCLD Board of Directors is looking forward to supporting our membership and finding ways to help you be better at your job, improve our profession, and strengthen our organization.

The officers of this year’s board include President-Elect Laura Sudkamp, Secretary Linda Jackson, and Treasurer Rita Dyas. We officers are joined by Past-President Brooke Arnone, Executive Director John Byrd, and board members Bruce Houlihan, Jennifer McNair, Scott O’Neill, Tony Tessarolo, Lisa Burdett, Jeff Nye, Tim Kupferschmid, and Jennifer Naugle.

We are excited to get to work! Please join us on a committee! Committee descriptions may be found on the ASCLD website: www.ascld.org. Committee chairs will be contacting current committee members. If you have interest in joining a committee, kindly email Executive Director John Byrd at asclddirector@gmail.com .

I would like to thank Past-Presidents Brooke Arnone and Matthew Gamette and Directors Tim Scanlan and Christian Westring for their dedication to ASCLD and hard work on the Board. I also congratulate Member of the Year, Past-President Jody Wolf, and Briggs White Award Winner, Kermit Channell. I look forward to singing “God Bless America” alongside you all at our Awards Ceremony in Boston!

Be well,

Erin
Weekly News and Resources
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
ASCLD Forensic Research Committee
The ASCLD Forensic Research Committee is proud to announce the launch of the Validation and Evaluation Repository. The goal of this activity is share information about important Validations and Evaluations with the forensic science community by compiling a list of unique validations and evaluations conducted by forensic labs and universities. The repository will catalog these efforts and provide the contact information of the people responsible for the work. It is ASCLD’s hope that this listing will foster information sharing, promote communication, and minimize unnecessary or redundant repetition of Validations and Evaluations. For more information about this repository or if you would like to add your Validations or Evaluations to this repository please check out https://www.ascld.org/validation-evaluation-repository/


Briggs White recipient for 2020 Kermit Channell is interviewed by ASCLD member and previous Briggs White recipient John Collins in the link below. Please find time to listen to Kermit and his thoughts and insights to leadership and the forensic community. Kermit is the Executive Director of the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.  

The video can be viewed here .  
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... 
Funding Opportunities
For the most up to date Funding Opportunities visit: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/current

Standards Corner


Click HERE to review standards available for comment.

OSAC News
June 2020 OSAC Standards Bulletin now available, click HERE
Training
ASCLD Emerging Issues Trainings
 
Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Resiliency for Forensic Science Professionals
Thursday, June 11th, 2020
1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET
Speakers: Andrew Levin, Jonathan McGrath, Heidi Putney, & Danielle Crimmin s
 
Tackling Employee Wellness: The Phoenix Police Department’s Crime Lab Approach
Thursday, June 18th, 2020
1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET
Speaker: Jody Wolf
 
Drug Exposures in the Forensic Laboratory: What We Know, What We Can Learn
Thursday, June 25th, 2020
1:00:00 PM ET – 2:30:00 PM ET
Speaker: Robert Kirkby

For Registration click HERE

FREE 2020 Forensic Symposium: Current Trends in Forensic Toxicology
Register now at www.forensicsymposium.org
For additional information, please visit  https://iafs2020.com.au/
ANAB - Upcoming training events

August 3-6, 2020, Live Online
September 15-18, 2020, Washington, D.C.
November 3-6, 2020, Rancho Cordova, CA

June 1-4, 2020, 11 am-5 pm ET, Live Online
July 28-31, 2020, 11 am-5 pm ET, Live Online
August 24-27, 2020, 11 am-5 pm ET, Live Online
October 6-9, 2020, San Francisco, CA
November 16-19, 2020, Fort Worth, TX
November 17-20, 2020, Washington, D.C.

June 23-26, 2020 (2-4pm ET), Live Online
September 14-17, 2020 (11am-1pm ET), Live Online
December 1-4, 2020 (11am-1pm ET), Live Online

September 14-16, 2020 (2pm-4pm ET), Live Online
November 30-December 2, 2020 (2pm-4pm ET), Live Online

August 4-7, 2020, St. Louis, MO
 
July 20-21, 2020, Live Online

July 14-15, 2020, Live Online

ASCLD Partnerships
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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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