President's Message
Dear ASCLD Colleagues,

Does anyone else feel their head spinning with all of the acronyms we have in our profession? Sometimes it can be difficult to keep up. To help, the ASCLD Board of Directors asked the Executive Director to prepare a glossary of forensic organizations to help managers navigate the alphabet soup of acronyms that sometimes appear in correspondence and webpages. It seemed to take him forever – but March lasted 50 years!

The ASCLD Glossary of Acronyms, First Edition is a “one stop shop” of many forensic organizations and their acronyms. The glossary includes a brief description and hyperlink, if available. This document will be found on the Member’s Site and will be updated periodically. If you have recommended edits, please contact the Executive Director at

Have you taken a look at the Member’s Site area of the ASCLD website lately? It is has a wealth of information that can be accessed when you log in such as monthly committee reports, court decisions discussed in the FLN-TWG, model and sample managerial policies, and Board of Director meeting minutes.

If you know of any publicly funded forensic science service providers in your state that are working on becoming accredited and looking for assistance, please point them in the direction of the ASCLD Accreditation Initiative. The AAI is currently accepting applications for laboratories to participate in the program. More information can be found on the AAI section of the ASCLD website.

In this week’s edition of the CLM, you will find new ideas for recognizing National Forensic Science Week, an important announcement from the American Board of Criminalistics, and a feature on another member representing ASCLD in the forensic science field. Also, be sure to check out all of the new standards both published and open for public comment at ASB by clicking on the link below.

Have a terrific week!

Be well,


Erin P. Forry
ASCLD President
ASCLD monthly board meeting, 3rd Friday of every month

Next meeting: September 18th at 1:00pm EST
It is with much excitement we announce that our ASCLD Executive Director John A. Byrd has updated his email address to This is a much needed change as the new email is more indicative and provides clarity of the title and position within it’s address. Members, we respectfully ask that you update your email contact list with this new and exciting change. 
Weekly News and Resources
Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations
National Forensic Scientist Week
September 20-26

Here are some more ideas to help you celebrate National Forensic Science Week! Each week we will share some ideas as we lead up to September 20th.

Since 2013, the forensic science community has celebrated National Forensic Science week on an annual basis. The week gives the forensic science community the opportunity to honor those forensic science practitioners who work tirelessly every day to provide unbiased, quality scientific contributions to criminal cases worldwide.

This year will be unprecedented as our community continues to work cases and have displayed tremendous resiliency despite the pandemic we are all facing. We can still honor forensic scientists via:

1. Obtain support from state leadership. A proclamation from the governor's office for National Forensic Science week is a great opportunity for your laboratory.

2. Virtually meet with your laboratory. Share stories or kudos for outstanding casework throughout the year.

3. Have a week long social media campaign.

4. Submit photos on your work from home environment and have the lab vote on a winner.

5. Create virtual activities throughout the week (forensic bingo, trivia, Pictionary, or “guess that future forensic scientist” baby picture contest).

6. Consider making videos highlighting some of the forensic scientists that work in your organization. Perhaps they can share why they got into the field and why they stay- inspiration for newer scientists!

7. Make a video giving a virtual tour of the laboratory. Showcase the great work forensic scientists do in your laboratory!

It's important for us to continue to celebrate forensics and the great work forensic scientists do. We can still strive to share our stories and get closer even while we are apart.”

As you take photos of your lab's participation in Forensic Science Week, be sure to tag them on social media with  #ascld #forensics #NFSW2020

Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
The ASCLD International Committee is conducting a mentorship survey. The purpose of the survey is to establish a roster of individuals who would be interested in participating in international mentorship opportunities. The roster would allow ASCLD to connect qualified, interested members with requesting laboratories and organizations to improve forensic science in other countries. The survey will be open until September 30.

To take the survey, click HERE.
ASCLD Forensic Research Committee
The Future Forensics Subcommittee of the ASCLD Forensic Research Committee (FRC) is continuing the publication of brief executive summaries of the recent literature within the forensic sciences.

The initial source of the executive summaries is the proceedings of the triannual 19th INTERPOL International Forensic Science Manager’s Symposium literature reviews, originally published by INTERPOL.

These summaries were written by ASCLD members and are meant to provide a brief overview of the most noteworthy publications and trends in the literature within the last 3 years (2016-2019).

The list of seven (7) executive research summaries include reviews in the areas of fingerprints, controlled substances, paint and glass evidence, forensic toxicology, forensic biology, gunshot residue analysis, and firearms and toolmarks. The summaries and additional information about other FRC activities can be found HERE.

Forensic Laboratory Needs Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG)
The NIJ Forensic Laboratory Needs – Technology Working Group (FLN-TWG) met virtually during the afternoons of July 27 and 28, 2020. 

The FLN-TWG is made up of laboratory directors and research scientists, many of whom are members of ASCLD, who are tasked with providing knowledge and expertise to ensure that NIJ research and implementation of forensic technology is relevant and responsive to laboratory operations needs of the forensic science community.

One focus of the meeting was firearms examiners’ testimony and reporting issues that have been gaining traction in court for the last twelve months. Some of the court decisions where examiner testimony was limited include: United States v. Shipp (2019), United States v. Johnson (2019), United States v. Tibbs (2019), United States v. Davis (2019), United States v. Hunt (2020), Williams v. United States (DC Court of Appeals), People v. A.M.(Bronx, NY 2020), and United States v. Odell Tony Adams (2020). Although most of these decisions have been in Federal court, all laboratory directors and firearms examiners should be aware of them and their potential implications to crime labs.

The FLN-TWG also discussed the NIJ research strategy for the coming years, specifically in light of the reduced budget that NIJ has for forensic science research.
At previous meetings, the FLN-TWG drafted white papers on implementation considerations of up and coming technologies including Next Generation Sequencing for DNA Analysis, Proteomic Mass Spectrometry for Bodily Fluid Identification, 3D Optical Topography Technologies for Firearms Examinations, Liquid Chromatography-Time of Flight (LC-TOF) for Toxicological Analysis, and Incorporation of Digital Evidence into Project FORESIGHT. Currently, these white papers are in the editorial process at RTI.

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for late October.

The court decisions listed above will be posted on the Member Site for your reference and information.
Meet Jason Linder - President of the American board of Criminalistics Examination Committee (ABC)
Jason Linder is in his 18th year at the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab and has been an ASCLD member since 2013. He has been a certified as a Molecular Biology Fellow since 2008 when he sat for Field Test held in San Antonio. Jason has represented ASCLD on the American Board of Criminalistics Board of Directors since 2018. Previously, he represented AAFS on the ABC BoD from 2015 to 2018. Jason also served as Secretary for two years and is currently in his second year as the President of the ABC.

As the ABC President, Jason works closely with contractors, the Registrar’s Office, the Accreditation Manager, and the Database Manger to oversee the day to day operations of the ABC. The ABC BoD has one to two face to face meetings each year and monthly web-based meetings.

The ABC is comprised of ten member organizations, each with one representative on both the BoD and the Examination Committee (EC), and three At-Large Directors. The BoD is responsible for setting the certification schemes under which a practitioner can become certified. The EC works under the direction of the BoD and is responsible for the development and maintenance of the exams for each certification scheme set forth by the BoD.
If you have any interest in becoming involved with the ABC, please reach out to Jason at or the Registrar’s Office.
ABC Certification Scheme Restructuring
The American Board of Criminalistics (ABC) has been a pillar in the forensic field for certifying criminalists since the 1990’s. As the ABC and forensic disciplines have evolved, the Board of Directors (BOD) has actively pursued strategic changes. Recently a restructuring of the certification scheme for ABC participants has been pursued upon a thoughtful survey and dialogue of the BOD. Please see this official announcement of the restructure which will go into effect on January 1st, 2021. This announcement not only includes the history of this change but also includes some thoughtful questions you may be asking as leaders within your forensic organization.

If you have any questions or comments regarding restructuring of ABC certification schemes, please contact the ABC Board of Directors HERE.
The Cannabis Quality Assurance Program 
The Cannabis Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP), part of our larger Cannabis program, will help forensic laboratories demonstrate and improve the comparability and/or competence of the quantitative measurements required under the 2018 Farm Bill.
Click here for additional information

AAFS Standards Board

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. 
Forensic Research Committee Bulletin - July 2020
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:

Standards Corner
The AAFS has established an organization dedicated to developing documentary standards for forensics, the Academy Standards Board (ASB).

To date in the United States, forensic standards development has culminated in the currently on-going National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) effort, which began in 2014. NIST has ensured the significant involvement of the forensic science community in this process.

Help to shape the development of these standards by offering your comments during the public commenting period. Keep up with the standards available for public comment at ASB HERE.


Summer 2020 OSAC Standards Bulletin now available, click HERE

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. 
September 23, 2020 @ 11am EST
ASCLD has partnered with The Department of Justice’s International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) to deliver a webinar entitled “Future Directions in Forensic Science” on September 23, 2020 @ 11am EST. This webinar has been developed as part of ICITAP’s mandate to strengthen forensic science globally. The program was originally conceived to assist the Costa Rican Forensic Sciences Department with the development of their new strategic plan, however a forward thinking look at forensic science over the next 5-10 years will undoubtedly be beneficial to forensic science leaders in the United States and around the world.
The panel of speakers include ASCLD Board of Directors Bruce Houlihan (Drugs/Tox) and Tim Kupferschmid (DNA) along with FBI Firearms expert Erich Smith. The speakers will share their vision for the future of their field to support laboratories in their planning processes. Please click on this link for further information and to register for this event.   
April 11 - 15, 2021 | Together Toward Tomorrow | Boston, MA
The ASCLD 2021 Symposium will be held at the Westin Copley in Boston’s historic Back Bay in April 2021.

Are you interested in presenting at ASCLD 2021? Click HERE to submit an abstract. The deadline for submissions is September 30th.
Registration is Open
Please join us for the Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science Public Update Meeting on September 30, 2020.  

click HERE
Southwestern Association of
Forensic Scientists
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Conference will be held completely online!
October 5th, 6th, and 8th, 2020
No registration fee will be charged this year!
Please use the main menu to register and view the schedule. All events will be broadcast over the RTI system, not the SWAFS website.
Northeastern Association of Forensic Scientists Annual Conference
October 14-17, 2020

Click HERE for link
 Webinar Series
New and emerging standards and best practices in forensic biology and DNA testing

July 15, 2020 (On Demand)
Part 1: Development and Publication of New Standards and Best Practices – The Process
August 5, 2020 (On Demand)
Part 2: Mixture Interpretation Validation and Protocol Development and Verification
September 9, 2020
Part 3: Training Standards Overview

ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Webinar Series (Archived)

Providing training and education to our membership is a core mission for ASCLD. Despite the unfortunate cancellation of our annual symposium this year, the Symposium Planning and Training and Education Committees found a way to bring timely and relevant content that would have been experienced in Denver, to the ASCLD membership.
Through a generous partnership with the Forensic Technology Center of Excellence at RTI International, ASCLD presented a three-part webinar series entitled ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Wellness. Providing training and education in employee wellness is part of the current ASCLD Strategic Plan. In an already stressful profession, as we adapt and lead through the COVID-19 pandemic, this topic is particularly timely.

In June 2020, ASCLD Emerging Issues: Employee Wellness presented the following webinars:

Speakers: Andrew Levin, Jonathan McGrath, Heidi Putney, & Danielle Crimmins

Speaker: Jody Wolf

Speaker: Robert Kirkby
BODE Virtual Forensic DNA Conference

New Dates: Nov . 3-6, 2020

Click HERE for link
ANAB - Upcoming training events
New! ANAB is offering live instructor lead online courses to meet the need for continued learning in light of widespread travel restrictions and the need for social distancing. Each class is offered via WebEx and includes the opportunity for participants to submit questions, as well as interact with the instructor and other participants.

October 20, 2020, (11:30am-4:30pm ET) Live Online

August 3-6, 2020, Live Online
September 15-18, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online – WAIT LIST
September 21-24, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
November 3-6, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
October 6-9, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
November 16-19, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
December 14-17, 2020, (11:00am-5:00pm ET) Live Online
September 14-17, 2020 (11am-1pm ET), Live Online
December 1-4, 2020 (11am-1pm ET), Live Online

November 2-3, 2020, (11:00am-3:00pm ET) Live Online
September 14-16, 2020 (2pm-4pm ET), Live Online
November 30-December 2, 2020 (2pm-4pm ET), Live Online

Self-paced Training (Web-based)

Self-paced Training (Web-based)
We are encouraging our members to submit photos on our social media pages (twitter, instagram, and facebook) with the hashtag #ascldfun. Here are some of our favorite from last week donning our masks!
Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #ASCLDfun
If you have a small article you would like to submit or share, please email it to
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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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