Welcome to the 2022 Annual Symposium of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD)

Find our booth (#23) in the exhibit hall to talk 1:1 and get free resources.

CSAFE Presentations

CSAFE will be giving the following presentations at the 2022 ASCLD Annual Symposium.

Jeff Salyards

Jeff Salyards

CSAFE Research Scientist

Alicia Carriquiry

Alicia Carriquiry

CSAFE Director

CSAFE Project update & ascld FRC collaboration

Wednesday, April 27, 3–3:30 p.m.
Presenters: Jeff Salyards and Alicia Carriquiry

Drs. Salyards and Carriquiry will cover the following topics in their presentation:

  • Review the CSAFE portfolio of research projects.
  • Highlight the numerous training opportunities that are freely available to the forensic science community.
  • Present opportunities for ASCLD laboratories to participate in on-going research.

Improving the black box:
How do we meet the call for better validation studies?

Thursday, April 28, 9:30–10 a.m.
Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry

Dr. Carriquiry will review some of the black box studies that have been conducted in the past few years, with an emphasis on their design, findings, and the wording of the conclusions drawn by investigators. She will propose a protocol for conducting black box studies in the future that relies on the same long-standing statistical ideas that provide the foundation for studies of this type in other scientific disciplines.


Forensic Statistics
Learning Opportunities

Our learning opportunities help amplify existing knowledge and build new competencies

  • Learn statistical concepts as they apply to the evaluation of pattern and digital evidence 
  • Discuss challenges and how to overcome them in your daily work

Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners

Three-part course covering the laws of probability and their application in forensic settings. Topics are illustrated with examples drawn from forensic science and relevant legal cases.


  • Friday, June 3, 10:00 a.m. – Noon CT
  • Friday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. – Noon CT
  • Friday, June 17, 10:00 a.m. – Noon CT

Led by Hal Stern
University of California, Irvine

Participants who complete a full course receive a Certificate of Completion through the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence

Modeling And iNventory of Tread Impression System (MANTIS): The development, deployment and application of an active footwear data collection system


  • Thursday, March 24
    11 a.m. – Noon CT

Shining a Light on Black Box Studies


  • Thursday, April 22
    11 a.m. – Noon CT

Extracting Case-Specific Information from Validation Studies


  • Tuesday, May 10
    11 a.m. – Noon CT

Every month, CSAFE condenses recent publications to two-page digests, designed specifically to enable forensic examiners to stay up-to-date, take actionable steps, or gain informed knowledge. Download Insights from CSAFE’s website at your leisure.

See a Full Schedule of Opportunities