Welcome to the website of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners (ASTEE).
We are a relatively young professional organization, entering our fifth year, composed of over 350 professionals in the field of trace evidence. Our members include students, professors, forensic practitioners, and more. Despite our name, our membership includes representatives from a number of different countries.
Our objectives, as stated in our bylaws, are as follows:
1. Encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the field of trace evidence through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in trace evidence analysis.
2. Stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved scientific techniques for forensic trace applications.
3. Promote high standards of performance and professional ethics, and to acknowledge persons working in the recognized forensic science field of trace evidence.
While our objectives have never changed, we are continually looking for new ways to achieve them. Below is a brief summary of our past and current activities. However, we welcome suggestions, criticisms, comments, or any other type of feedback from our members (or anyone else for that matter) that might help us to better achieve these goals.
We currently encourage the exchange of ideas by publishing a peer-reviewed open access journal (Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners), regularly publishing a newsletter, hosting networking receptions at professional meetings, and sponsoring free training workshops for our members. We will also be involved in a joint meeting with the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists (SAFS) in October 2015 (http://www.southernforensic.org/). We stimulate research and new ideas by offering research scholarships to promising students in the field of trace evidence. Our members must adhere to the ASCLD/LAB “Guiding Principles of Professional Responsibility for Crime Laboratories and Forensic Scientists” code of ethics. Our Edmond Locard Award for Excellence in Trace Evidence is presented annually to acknowledge deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the field.
We have a diverse and talented membership, and my job as President is to try to motivate our members to be as involved as possible. I would like to challenge every member to think of one way they can contribute to ASTEE, and then resolve to make it happen. I consider any involvement a contribution, no matter how large or small. Make it a goal to attend a networking event (at the AAFS meeting in February, or at the MAFS/ASTEE meeting in October) or take advantage of a free training workshop that we sponsor. Write some content for our newsletter, present a paper at the joint meeting, or submit a scientific paper to our journal. Nominate a colleague for the Locard Award, or encourage a promising student to apply for the scholarship. However, you choose to do it, find some way to leave your mark on ASTEE this year. And after you have done it once, resolve to make it a habit. If you are interested in contributing to ASTEE, but are unsure of the best way to get involved, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the other officers. I am honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as the President of ASTEE this year, but I need your help to make this year a success.