President's Message
Dear ASCLD Colleagues,

We have many announcements to share with you all this week!

The Forensic Laboratory Needs Technical Working Group (FLN-TWG) has been developing publications on implementation strategies of various technologies in a forensic science laboratory. The group has recently published papers on LC-MS-Based Forensic Toxicology Screening and Proteomic Mass Spectrometry for Biology Fluid Identification. Find these publications and more on the FLN-TWG here: https://forensiccoe.org/forensic-laboratory-needs-technical-working-group/

With support from FTCOE, our latest ASCLD Emerging Issues webinar series is open for registration. This three part series focuses on COVID-19 and includes webinars on remote work, remote testimony, and wellness. Register now for the first two webinars of the three part series here:

The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) is looking for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) involved in training new forensic scientists and determining whether the trainee is competent in biological evidence screening or forensic DNA analysis to assist in determining the scoring process in their newest examinations. More information on this is linked below should you or anyone in your laboratory be interested. 

Have a terrific week!

Be well,
Erin

Erin P. Forry
ASCLD President


ASCLD monthly board meeting, 3rd Friday of every month

Next meeting: March 19th, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
Weekly News and Resources
ASCLD News

ASCLD has a few award opportunities with deadlines listed below. If you have any questions, please contact office@ascld.org and your questions will be forwarded to Nominations & Awards committee chair, Director Scott O’Neill.


deadline April 30th


Also, please continue to submit your photos to social media with the hashtag #ASCLDfun
Here are some photos of forensic science in action!
Is your laboratory doing something exciting like building a new lab, incorporating new standards or tackling and overcoming operational challenges during COVID? Are you interested in submitting an article for publication in the CLM? Please submit articles electronically to https://www.ascld.org/clm-submission/ 
ASCLD Partnerships
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
DNAMix 2021 Participation Needed!
 
The next DNA mixture study is being conducted by Noblis and Bode under NIJ Grant #2020-R2-CX-0049.

The results, which will be published in a peer-reviewed journal, are intended to be used to assess the foundational validity of the analysis and interpretation of DNA mixtures, and to demonstrate the effectiveness of different approaches to mixture interpretation and statistical analysis. The study will serve the DNA community by providing data in response to issues raised in the NIST MIX13 study and the PCAST report. The results will be of value in Daubert/Frye challenges, and to laboratory managers in assessing policies, training, or quality assurance procedures. See attached for more details.

ASB updates from ANSI Standards Action
To view a summary of items of interest to ASB members in ANSI Standards Action, visit the ANSI Standards Action Weekly Report folder on the ASB Workspace page. Please contact asb@aafs.org if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.
Funding Opportunities
For the most up to date Funding Opportunities visit: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/current

Standards Corner

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science monthly Standards Bulletin is now available. Read about the latest DNA standard to be added to the OSAC Registry and the nine other standards currently open for Registry comment. Also learn about the recently published toxicology and footwear and tire standards, the eight standards open for comment at standards developing organizations, and the new documents being initiated. 
Training
August 22-26, 2021 | Together Toward Tomorrow | Boston, MA
The ASCLD 2021 Symposium will be held at the Westin Copley in Boston’s historic Back Bay August 22-26, 2021.

Are you interested in presenting at ASCLD 2021? Click HERE to submit an abstract.

Continue to watch the 2021 ASCLD Symposium website here. for important updates. If you have any questions, please contact our Symposium Chair, Laura Sudkamp, laura.sudkamp@ky.gov.
NEDIAI would like to announce that they are offering FREE Webinars for the months of March/April. The following forensic track webinars will be given FREE through our ZOOM platform (see attachment). These are free to members in good standing.

If you are interested and would like to attend these webinars for FREE, please fill out the membership update contact form, which can be found at this link: https://www.nediai.org/uploads/1/0/7/5/107500531/nediai_membership_renewal_contact_update_form.pdf

The fee for the NEDIAI membership renewal is $25.00, which can be paid via our link to PayPal: https://www.nediai.org/membership.html or you may send a check to NEDIAI, PO Box 3044, Kingston RI 02881.

Webinar Schedule
ANAB - Upcoming training events

The pandemic changed how we do business and we quickly learned that online live training is both possible and, with the right tools and approach, highly effective. Bringing participants from around the world with different backgrounds and experiences into a single session enriched the experience for everyone involved.. Although we hope to return to in-person training in the second half of 2021, we are committed to continuing to provide online live options for all our training moving forward.  With the ability to reach wider audiences, we are expanding offerings of current courses in Spanish. 
 
Starting in Spring 2021, 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 new courses:oratories and Inspection:
Basic Statistics for Laboratories and Inspection BodiesThis 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…
 
Webinars:
We continue our monthly Webinars and stay tuned for information about upcoming Feature Sessions.

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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