President's Message
As my term as President comes to an end with our virtual meeting taking place June 17 th , I wanted to make sure to thank everyone for their support this past year. It definitely has been an interesting adventure.

A huge thank you to my agency, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, for allowing me the time to not only be on the Board of Director’s in the first place, but also to spend this past year as the President of ASCLD. Thank you for trusting in me.

To the outgoing Board members, Tim Scanlon and Christian Westring, thank you. We may not be able to recognize you in front of the membership (we will eventually), but please know that your time on the Board did not go unnoticed. There have been a lot of laughs, a lot of emails, and a whole heck of a lot of hard work. Thank you!
Your Board members are committed. It is hard work. It is Time consuming. It is extremely rewarding. Thank you to all of the past Board members and future Board members who volunteer for this extra job.

ASCLD is in good hands with your incoming President Erin Forry. She is passionate about Forensics. She understands the needs of the Forensic community. She will do an amazing job.

Don’t forget to register for the upcoming Virtual Annual Meeting taking place on June 17, 2020.

You all should have received an email with the following information:

In an effort to support its global outreach efforts, the ASCLD International Committee is seeking to identify the diverse language skills of ASCLD members.

By completing the brief survey found at this link , you will assist ASCLD in developing a roster of its members who are fluent in other languages. The roster will enable ASCLD to readily identify individuals who may be able to utilize their language skills to assist with international initiatives.

The survey is brief and should take no more than 3 minutes to complete. The survey will remain open until Monday, June 22, 2020 .

Thank you again for your trust, your guidance, and your commitment to ASCLD.

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Brooke

Looking Ahead
June 17, 2020 - Annual Meeting - virtual (1pm EST)
Weekly News and Resources
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys

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 .  

This research shows how microscopic particles—in this case, from drug powders—can be spread around a forensic chemistry lab when handling evidence. The spread of small amounts of drug particles cannot be completely eliminated, but it’s important for labs to manage the problem, both for reasons of workplace safety and to ensure that measurement quality isn’t affected
Message from the Trauma & Stress Working Group:

Recently, the Trauma & Stress Working group has added a document to the Manger’s Toolkit which will help managers detect and mitigate stress, vicarious trauma, and burnout in forensic practitioners. The timely detection and mitigation of these issues is critical for the individual's well-being and the employer's retention of productive employees. We would like to encourage everyone review the document  Management Detection and Mitigation of Stress, Vicarious Trauma, and Burnout in Forensic Practitioners
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

FY 2020 Postconviction Testing of DNA Evidence Due June 15, 2020

FY 2020 Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence – Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) Program Due June 15, 2020

FY2020 Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program Due June 15, 2020

FY 2020 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Competitive
Due June 19, 2020

FY 2020 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program – Formula
Due June 19, 2020

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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