President's Message
The 2018 ASCLD Symposium in Atlanta Georgia was fantastic! We are pleased to announce that the PowerPoint presentations, videos, and proceedings publication are in the process of being added to the “member login” area of the ASCLD website. Some of the keynote speeches have been uploaded already. The video files are quite large, so it is taking some time for us to load them to the website. The website looks amazing and special thanks to Jeremy Triplett for all his work on it. We hope this amazing tool for our members will allow you to refresh on your favorite talks and also share them with your staff members. Our hope is to allow you to get the most out of the symposium during live and video sessions. Presentations will be available in English and Spanish. We are negotiating the final details to live webcast the plenary sessions of the symposium in Spanish next year. We hope this will allow us to share the amazing symposium content with a growing contingent of crime laboratory leaders in Central and South America .

I am also very excited to announce a new ASCLD relationship with  Forensic Science International: Synergy  (FSIS). FSIS is a new journal that will be published in the near future. As a publication of the Forensic Science International family, FSIS is committed to publishing the most valuable and cutting-edge research regarding management, leadership, and policy issues impacting crime labs and forensic science.  READ MORE...
President's Corner
2018 ASCLD Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia
Several keynote speeches are now available for viewing on the website
Looking Ahead
October 19, 2018 - ASCLD Board of Directors Meeting (conference call)

November 2, 2018 - Due date for abstract submissions for 2019 ASCLD Symposium

November 16, 2018 - ASCLD Board of Directors Meeting (conference call)

May 19-23, 2019 - ASCLD Symposium in St. Louis, MO
2019 ASCLD Symposium
ASCLD is pleased to announce that the 2019 ASCLD Symposium website is live! Abstract submissions (located under agenda on the website) are now being accepted until November 2, 2018. Come explore the website and watch for upcoming events such as, the exhibitor floor plan launch, agenda development, hotel registration and the opening of the symposium registration.

Visit the 2019 ASCLD Symposium website at  https://www.ascldsymposium.com/  
Forensic Research Committee
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...
Weekly News and Resources
Newly Identified Novels Psychoactive Substances

Recent Additions:
(click drug name for more information)
The Center for Forensic Science Research and Education (CFSRE) at the Fredric Rieders Family Foundation, have received funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to develop systems for the early identification and notification of Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) in the drug supply in the United States. The goal of the program is the early identification of these substances in seized drug and forensic toxicology casework samples through various high resolution mass spectrometry retrospective data-mining and sample-mining techniques. Information about these programs can be found on our website .
ASCLD's research efforts with respect to the OPIOD crisis appear in the following article:

Standards Corner
OSAC News
We have been notified by ISO and ANSI that a second Forensic Science Standard has been published.

This is ISO 21043-2 Forensic Sciences Recognition, recording, collecting, transport and storage of items. 21043-1 was previously published.

Many of you contributed to developing these standards - THANK YOU!
Forensic Science Scholarships
In addition to ASCLD's Scholarship opportunity for students studying forensic science, here is a link to a website listing other available scholarships. Some are national, some are regional, and others are demographic-specific forensic science scholarships. Please share this information with prospective students you may know. A link to this site will also soon be added to the ASCLD website.
ASCLD Partnerships

Please find pending legislation regarding the opioid crisis. This is NOT an appropriation of funding and these bills are only the ones that have passed one body of the Congress as of June 22, 2018. The Congress intends to roll many of these bills into a single Opioid Bill that will move forward.
These research reports have been submitted by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) especially for their relevance to crime laboratory activities. ASCLD has not reviewed nor does it necessarily endorse the findings of this research.

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Donate to ASCLD!
New on the ASCLD website - 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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