President's Message
We are truly in unprecedented times. The novel coronavirus outbreak created the “perfect storm” which forced ASCLD to cancel the symposium. As a non-profit organization, ASCLD uses the funding generated from the annual symposium to pay for the symposium in addition to conducting the daily operations such as the phone and teleconference system, computer and email system and salaries for our part time employees, our wonderful Administrative Assistant and Executive Director. Without the symposium and specifically without your registration fees and the Exhibitor sponsorships, ASCLD will be forced to make some very difficult decisions moving forward. However, there is a bright spot in all that has transpired. I wanted to share with you a message from JusticeTrax, who was the first exhibitor to reach out to me after we announced the cancellation of the symposium. Their message and actions are encouraging to us and I want to offer my thanks on behalf of the Board of Directors to Senior Leadership at JusticeTrax.
The American Society of Crime Lab Directors (ASCLD) has long been a positive force in North American Forensics and indeed, around the world. Nowhere has their support for Crime Laboratory management been more tangible than in their efforts to move Forensics forward through their Annual Symposium. As a company, JusticeTrax has benefited as much as anyone and it’s been our honor to support ASCLD’s efforts at the highest level for these past twenty-plus years.
The fast pace of events surrounding the Covid-19 outbreak have left ASCLD doing the difficult, but right thing in cancelling this year’s Symposium in spite of their significant financial exposure. JusticeTrax will therefore forgo the credit for exhibitor fees in order to allow ASCLD to use those funds to cover some of the commitments they incurred to put on the Symposium to all of our benefits. While not all exhibitors will be in a position to join us in supporting ASCLD this way in a time of need, I hope those of you who can help do so.
I would also like to recognize and offer my thanks to Promega Corporation who was the second exhibitor to also make a generous donation to ASCLD.
More information regarding how ASCLD will be moving forward, and do not doubt, we will continue to move forward, will be coming shortly. I know that all of you have many things on your plates right now but be sure to reach out if you need assistance, or if you can, reach out and help each other get through this pandemic. Thank you for your patience.
“Being positive in a negative situation is not naïve. It’s leadership.” – Ralph Marston

Weekly News and Resources
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
SWGDRUG Would like your Input

The Scientific Working Group for the Analysis of Seized Drugs (SWGDRUG) has posted two DRAFT revised documents for review by the forensic science community. To ensure the document addresses the needs of the community, SWGDRUG invites your comments and suggestions.  

The two documents are available on the SWGDRUG website . Please provide your comments on this proposed document using the provided survey links. 



Responses from the community will be collected until May 10, 2020. Thank you for taking part in the recommendation process. SWGDRUG appreciates your efforts in helping to build consensus within the community.  

Survey for Forensic Lubricant Analysis

Recently, the Forensic Working Group on Sexual Lubricants was established to discuss and standardize forensic lubricant analysis in operational settings. To better support the community of laboratories that conduct this type of analysis, we want to learn about your interest or current procedures for analyzing lubricants used in sexual assault. We invite you to participate in our brief survey that can be completed in approximately 5-7 minutes.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to address them to the Forensic Working Group at

A quick link to the survey is provided here: Click to take survey

Laboratory managers and supervisors may be interested in getting their laboratory involved in this very important study. See attached for announcement from NIST and Noblis.
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
Please see below info for the next iteration of the BJA opioid-related funding opportunity, which has expanded to include stimulants and other substances of abuse. While not specifically called out in the FY2020 solicitation, forensic laboratories and medical examiner/coroner offices should consider this funding opportunity, and encourage participation in the webinar scheduled for next Wednesday, March 25. Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 21, 2020. Thanks!

BJA Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP)
Date/Time: March 25, 2020, 3:30 p.m. ET
This webinar will provide an overview of the FY 2020 Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program (COSSAP) funding opportunity.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive programs in response to illicit opioids, stimulants, or other substances of abuse. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to support state, local, tribal, and territorial efforts to reduce violent crime and drug abuse and enhance public safety while supporting victims.
FY 2020 Academic-based Drug Field Testing and Training Initiative

Applications are due May 8, 2020

FY20 NIJ Research and Evaluation on Policing funding opportunity, closes April 13, 2020; relevant forensic science aspects highlighted below. 

Solicitation excerpt:

The NIJ Policing Strategic Research Plan, 2017 – 2022 identifies three strategic priorities:

I. Promote and Support Research to Optimize Workforce Development for Officers and Civilian Personnel

This strategic priority represents NIJ’s commitment to support research that will identify
challenges and promote promising practices that will advance the policing workforce.  This
includes both sworn and civilian personnel; and those in support agencies including publicly funded forensic crime laboratories, medical examiner and coroner offices, and police forensic units; to include crime scene personnel and medicolegal death investigators.  Research areas under this strategic priority include, but are not limited, to:

  • Recruitment, retention, and workforce development;
  • Training and education, including the composition of an evidence-based curricula; and
  • Training technologies designed to enhance performance.

II. Promote and Support Research on Policing Practices

This strategic priority supports NIJ’s efforts focusing on advancing policing practices and
strategies deployed by police organizations. Research areas under this strategic priority include,but are not limited, to:

  • Person- or place-based practices and strategies intended to deter, disrupt, or prevent crime;
  • Patrol practices;
  • The application and timeliness of data and outputs from forensic science examinations, technologies, and innovations to support police investigations and systems-based strategies;1
  • System and organizational characteristics that advance police performance;
  • Officer decision-making practices;
  • The adoption of technologies that assist in organizational performance; and
  • Partnerships among police organizations or between police practitioners and
Standards Corner

Click HERE to review standards available for comment.

March 2020 OSAC Standards Bulletin now available, click HERE
For additional information, please visit
9th Annual Forensic Science Symposium
June 2-4, 2020
Miami, Florida

Join more than 200 forensic science colleagues and aspiring scientists from Florida and beyond at the 9th Annual Forensic Science Symposium at the beautiful Florida International University Modesto A. Maidique Campus in Miami. The symposium will be held June 2-4, 2020.

The 2020 symposium will showcase topics like DNA, chemistry, toxicology, digital forensics and latent prints, and include expanded criminal justice subjects beyond the laboratory. Workshops and a poster session will be included. Registration will be $30 and free for students. Group registration for agencies is also available.

We are looking for innovative topics and dynamic speakers to share their expertise. A call for abstracts will be released soon. 

You can sign up for news on the symposium webpage , follow # FIUForensics for updates, and even visit the event page to set a registration reminder. 

Questions about attending, sponsoring or presenting at the symposium? Email
ANAB - Upcoming training events

April 28-May 1, 2020, San Antonio, TX
June 16-19, 2020, Minneapolis, MN
September 15-18, 2020, Washington, D.C.
November 3-6, 2020, Rancho Cordova, CA
April 28-May 1, 2020, New York, NY
May 12-15, 2020, San Francisco, CA
June 9-12, 2020, Milwaukee, WI
June 23-26, 2020, Towson, MD
November 16-19, 2020 Fort Worth, TX

June 23-26, 2020 (2-4pm ET)

June 24-26, 2020 (11am-1pm ET)

April 7-9, 2020, Washington, D.C.

May 5-8, 2020, Washington, D.C.
August 4-7, 2020, St. Louis

May 19, 2020, Cary, NC
May 20-21, 2020, Cary, NC 

April 8-9, 2020, Springfield, VA
ASCLD Partnerships
Crime Lab Minute Sponsors
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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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