FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 5-17-2023
The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) announced the 2023 Forensic Research Committee (FRC) Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award Recipient, Michelle Peck – Signature Science, Center for Advanced Genomics, Charlottesville, VA.
Ms. Leslie Parke, Signature Science’s Forensic DNA Laboratory Director, accepted the award on behalf of Ms. Peck. The award was presented during the Awards Ceremony at the conclusion of the 2023 ASCLD 50th Anniversary Symposium held in Austin, Texas. The project was titled: ForenSeq Kintelligence Kit, MiSeq FGx Sequencing, and Universal Analysis Software Internal Validation. The study was presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2022 Annual Scientific Conference in Seattle, WA on February 25, 2022, and published in Forensic Genomics, Volume 2, Number 4, 2022.
About the ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award: The goal of the Forensic Research Committee Outstanding Evaluation/Validation Award is to recognize an outstanding evaluation/validation study that has been submitted to the FRC Validation and Evaluation Repository. The award is open to scientists from all disciplines (bio/DNA, drug chemistry, toxicology, fingerprints, questioned documents, trace/microscopy, firearms/toolmarks, other) in operational forensic labs or research laboratories.
About the ASCLD FRC Validation & Evaluation Repository: The goal of this initiative is to further information sharing within the forensic science community by maintaining an ever-growing repository of validations and evaluations conducted by forensic labs and universities. The ASCLD FRC Validation & Evaluation Repository can be publicly accessed through the ASCLD FRC website.
About ASCLD: ASCLD is a nonprofit professional society of crime laboratory directors and forensic science managers dedicated to providing excellence in forensic science through leadership and innovation. Founded in 1974, the purpose of the organization is to foster professional interests; assist the development of laboratory management principles and techniques; acquire, preserve, and disseminate forensic based information; maintain and improve communications among crime laboratory directors; and to promote, encourage and maintain the highest standards of practice in the field.