Snow! I’m on the couch this Saturday morning with my coffee and staring out the window at a couple inches of snow that arrived overnight. It was 60° F here yesterday afternoon and the high today won’t even make it to 30°. What a flip from the spring weather I was enjoying. The good news is that I can still see the daffodils poking out of the snow and the weather forecast shows 51° for tomorrow.

Unlike the weather, things have been fairly calm but very busy in the ASCLD arena. We are just six weeks out from the symposium in Reno so the Symposium Planning Committee has been focused on completing preparations. We have ordered some new clothing items for the ASCLD store so make sure you drop by and take a look. The Nominating and Awards Committee has presented a slate of candidates for the Board of Directors elections. We will announce those names soon and provide information about each candidate for your review. The committee is also finalizing the list of award recipients. The Ethics and Bylaws Committee has a few changes to the bylaws for consideration and voting by the membership at the Business Meeting. Those ballots are being prepared and the bylaws information will also be published before the symposium for your review. The Board members are all busy compiling their committee activity summaries for publication into the Executive Education Digest that will be released in a couple of weeks, as well. And we continue to make progress in narrowing down the location of the 2026 symposium. Busy! Busy! Busy! But fun!

Grant season is upon us. The solicitations have started to fill my inbox and my head full of ideas for applications. For those of you who do not follow the Advocacy Committee and Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations (CFSO) news closely, the federal grant authorization and appropriation legislation takes great amount of work and negotiations to maximize the benefit of the forensic science community. The Coverdell, Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, and DNA Capacity Enhancement and Backlog Reduction grants all come from the Justice for All Act (JFAA). CFSO needs our help. This year, JFAA is being reauthorized and CFSO has requested that the reauthorization for Coverdell to increase from $35M to $50M. It has come to their attention that many Members of the Senate and House, specifically on the Judiciary Committee have opposed the increase due to fiscal matters. The Advocacy Committee and CFSO are requesting that we send letters or make phone calls to legislators in support of the upcoming 2022 JFAA Reauthorization. The increased Coverdell funding is at stake and time is of the essence. Please see the letter from CFSO below explaining the call to action. Also attached below is a template for a support letter that you can use. If you receive any feedback from your legislator(s), please let CFSO Chair Matthew Gamette ( know. If you should have any questions, please call our lobbyist Beth Lavach at 703-622-8752 or send her an email at And speaking of CFSO, they have released a white paper on Medical Examiner and NamUs Legislation that can be found below and on their website. They also released a Q&A format document from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) about the Forensic Pathologist staffing crisis in the United States. That paper is also below and available on the CFSO website,

We are now collecting videos from you to be compiled into the opening videos at the symposium highlighting the successes, news, and GOOD things related to Crime Labs.
You can add video at this link: If you have questions or can’t use the dropbox for your submission, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. We want you tom be included!

We have our monthly Board meeting this Friday. If you would like to sit in, please send me an email at or to Executive Director John Byrd at and we will send you the link.

I hope everyone has a great week!