President's Message
Dear ASCLD Colleagues,

In a typical year, our deadline for ASCLD Board of Director Candidates is in mid-February as our symposium is typically in April. Things are anything but typical these days! Since our ASCLD Symposium will be in late August this year, we will be extending the deadline for Board of Director candidacy to April 30th.

It is not too early to start thinking about being a candidate for the Board of Directors. It is an opportunity to grow professionally and lead ASCLD in a direction in which you think we can best help the forensic science community. If you have an interest and have any questions, please reach out to any of us on the Board.
Over the next few months, we Board members will be sharing the reasons why we ran and what we most enjoy about it.

Don’t forget to get your nominations in for the Member of the Year and Briggs White Awards. Those deadlines are coming up quickly. 

One last thing – this is the time of year when many of our esteemed colleagues are choosing to retire. For those of you who have recently retired or are planning to do so, please reach out and let us know. We value all you have contributed to forensic science and would like to acknowledge and congratulate you!

Be well,


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

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

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

deadline February 15

The application for any examination in the following year is due December 31.

deadline February 1

deadline February 15th

“Attention! The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces it will be extending the deadline for submissions to March 1st!” 

The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announces

The LEAP Collaboration Award. (flyer)
The Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award. (flyer
The Second Annual Innovation Award. (flyer)

Application Process:
1.      Complete the application, found at
2.   Include a 1 – 2 page description of the evaluation/validation study, specifically addressing the criteria
3.      Submit the completed application electronically to

Application Window: December 14th, 2020 - January 18th, 2021
Succession Planning by: Jane Northup Ph.D.
RI State Crime Laboratory

What is succession planning?  Succession planning is the ongoing process of reviewing leadership talent in your lab by identifying those successors to critical roles and developing them.  The individuals will then be ready to move into those leadership roles through training, mentoring, and support.  Succession planning is usually associated with the director or other chief executive officer; however, review each division within your agency to identify essential individuals and their roles and prepare them for the future.  

To read the full article, click HERE.

The ASCLD Forensic Research Committee
The ASCLD Forensic Research Committee is proud to announce the next episode of a virtual “Lightning Talks” series to highlight new and emerging research in all areas of forensic science. Each episode will feature three short talks given by practitioners, researchers, and/or students. The fourth episode will be held on Thursday February 4th at 1:00 EST and will focus on The Future of Genetic Genealogy. It will feature talks by Daniel Kling and Andreas Tillmar from National Board of Forensic Medicine, Sweden, on diving inside the black box and approaches to generate high density SNP data. It will also feature a talk by CeCe Moore, of Parabon, on the power of investigative genetic genealogy.

The live event is limited to 100 people. See the flyer HERE

Forensic applications of DART-MS: A review of recent literature Executive Summary

ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Future Forensics Subcommittee 
Review Reference E. Sisco, T.P. Forbes Forensic applications of DART-MS: A review of recent literature Forensic Chemistry, 22 (2021) 100294. DOI: 10.1016/j.forc.2020.100294 

This review article covers applications of direct analysis in real time mass spectrometry (DARTMS) from 2015 – 2020. Also discussed in the article are the fundamentals of DART-MS, approaches for sample analysis, and data analysis trends.

Click HERE to view the Review article
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 
ASCLD Partnerships
NIJ recently released a new FY2021 solicitation on “Research and Evaluation on Crime Laboratory Systems and Processes”. With this solicitation NIJ seeks proposals for research and evaluation projects aimed at understanding and strengthening the accuracy and reliability of a crime laboratory’s systems and processes.
Closing date is March 22, 2021
Please note:
In FY 2021, applications will be submitted in a new two-step process, each with its own deadline:
1. Submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in
Step 1,, Deadline: March 8, 2021, by 11:59 PM ET
2. Submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.
Step 2, Application JustGrants, Deadline: March 22, 2021, by 11:59 PM ET

For more information, click HERE.
The Consortium of Forensic Science Organizations
Formed in 2000, CFSO is an association of six forensic science professional organizations: American Academy of Forensic Sciences; American Society of Crime Lab Directors; International Association for Identification; American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law; National Association of Medical Examiners; and Society of Forensic Toxicologists - American Board of Forensic Toxicology.

These professional organizations together represent more than 21,000 forensic science professionals across the United States.

CFSO worked with BJA to put on a webinar for our membership on navigation of the new JustGrant system and errors they were encountering. The presentation and the slides have now been posted. Please forward to any that may be interested. 

See the November 2020 Newsletter HERE.
Community Research, Newsletters, and Surveys
73rd AAFS Annual Scientific Meeting Goes Virtual!

The 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) will be held virtually from February 15-19, 2021. Abstracts were due by October 8, 2020. Notification of Acceptance will be mailed to all presenting authors by November 27, 2020. Meeting registration materials will be subsequently sent to presenting authors.
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 if you have difficulties logging on to the Workspace site.
The Forensic Science Masters Program at Arcadia University is currently working on a project to gather the opinions of forensic biologists about “Activity Level Evaluative Reporting” through a Qualtrics survey. With the increased stress and uncertainty because of COVID19, we understand that time is limited. The survey should not take more than 5-10 minutes depending on the depth of your answers. This survey bridges important gaps in forensic literature and aims to better inform practitioners regarding activity level

Please feel free to share the link to the survey below with your lab staff. We would appreciate getting the thoughts and opinions of as many forensic scientists as possible.

Funding Opportunities
For the most up to date Funding Opportunities visit:

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. 
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,

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) will be assisting the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) in hosting the annual NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development (R&D) Symposium on February 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:40 PM ET.

Click HERE for more details.
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 webinars bleow. To view these and other archived training opportunities please visit:

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

Speaker: Jody Wolf

Speaker: Robert Kirkby
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.

Self-paced Training (Web-based)

Self-paced Training (Web-based)
The Coronavirus and Stress: How they affect your Lab
Jane Northup Ph.D.
RI State Crime Laboratory

HHS Secretary Azar recently announced that the US expects to have 40 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the year. That equates to a vaccine for 20 million people. With COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths across the United States rising due to cold weather moving in, people spending more time indoors, and COVID fatigue setting in, the news of a vaccine coming soon gives much hope. The CDC recommends that healthcare workers be given priority, including nursing homes and congregate care residents and staff. However, there are an estimated 21 million healthcare workers in the US, let alone the over 3 million individuals who work and live in nursing care facilities. These two groups will be given first preference to a vaccine leaving the rest of the country to wait for future vaccines. At best, the bulk of your agency's staff may not be eligible for a vaccine until late spring in 2021. We know that everyone should wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet apart, avoid crowds, and wash hands frequently. But, with at least another six months looming ahead, are we doing enough, and is it sustainable through 2021, if not longer?  

Read full article HERE
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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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