Dear ASCLD Colleagues,
Labor Day pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It is a day that I typically reflect and celebrate work achievements of the past year and look forward to another year of service. At the symposium a couple of weeks ago, we started each morning with a video compilation of some of our success stories. We will make these videos available soon and provide the links on the CLM. I encourage you to watch the videos when released and take pride in the work we do. National Forensic Science Week is September 19 – 25, 2021. Please take the time and make the effort to recognize your staff and all of their work during this week. Look for ideas on the National Forensic Science Week Facebook page or their website and share pictures of your celebrations or announcements on social media.

On a business note, I am happy to announce the new Officers on the Board of Directors. Jennifer Naugle is President-Elect, Tim Kupferschmid is Treasurer, and Jeff Nye is Secretary. I truly appreciate their willingness to take on these extra duties and serve our organization. We are also forming the committees for this year. If you would like to join one or more committees, please let John Byrd or me know. We would love to have you onboard.

The Forensic Research Committee is pleased to announce their next Lightning Talk: Algorithms and AI in Forensics - Thursday September 16th, 2021, 1:00 EST, via WebEx. Please see the information and link below for registration information. This is a timely discussion as the demand increases for a more data driven approach to DNA mixtures and the pattern evidence disciplines.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health and School of Pharmacy request your participation in a research project seeking to understand if existing forensic science educational programs fulfill the needs of the forensic science community. We highly encourage you to participate in this survey. The education of our workforce plays a large part in the success of our training programs. The results of the survey will be shared with us. Please see the link below.

Also, please don’t forget the significant amount of information available to you as a member on our website. In the “members only” area there all kinds of tools for you to use. Why re-create the wheel when there are protocols, policies, white papers, position statements, etc. on a variety of topics at your fingertips? There is also a chat forum where you can post questions or ideas and receive feedback from your peers. Monthly Committee meeting reports are in the files so you can see what is happening throughout the organization. You can log in with your email address and your member number as your password. Take full advantage of your membership!

If you are interested in presenting at the next ASCLD Symposium, (Reno, NV in April 2021), abstracts submissions will be accepted starting in October. Please watch the CLM for submission information and deadlines.

Laura Sundkamp
ASCLD President