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Webinar Q&A: Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearms Studies

On Feb. 10, the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) hosted the webinar, Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearms Studies. It was presented by
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Algorithmic Evidence in Criminal Trials

Guest Blog Kori Khan Assistant Professor Department of Statistics, Iowa State University   We are currently in an era where machine learning and algorithms offer novel approaches to solving problems
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Overview of the Firearms Process Map.

OSAC’s New Process Map Focuses on Firearms Examinations

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees (OSAC) for Forensic Science, in partnership with the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE), has just released a process map that describes
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NIST/NIJ Evidence Management Survey

NIST and NIJ seeking participants for Evidence Management Survey

Do you or your organization handle physical evidence?  If so, you can help develop best practices by completing the Evidence Management Survey. Input from this survey will be used to
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In recognition of a $5 million dollar grant from the Wilson Foundation, CSAFE partner institution Duke University renamed its Center for Science and Justice the Wilson Center for Science and
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Closed Source Forensic Software: Confronting the Evidence?

There is a persistent underlying flaw in the criminal justice system, stemming from unvalidated forensic science cloaked in intellectual property. Not only does this pose a risk when forensic evidence
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NIST Seeks Digital Forensics Experts to Participate in Vital ‘Blackbox’ Study

Objectivity and accuracy are the pinnacle of forensic science. Yet everyone can agree: humans make errors — but to what degree when it comes to digital forensic evidence-gathering and analysis?
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Insights: Psychometric Analysis of Forensic Examiner Behavior

INSIGHT Psychometric Analysis of Forensic Examiner Behavior OVERVIEW Understanding how fingerprint examiners’ proficiency and behavior influence their decisions when interpreting evidence requires the use of many analytical models. Researchers sought
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Insights: Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence

INSIGHT Error Rates, Likelhood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence OVERVIEW Forensic examiner testimony regularly plays a role in criminal cases — yet little is known about the weight
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Laboratories Learn About Accuracy of Forensic Software Tools through NIST Study

In a new article, NIST researcher Jenise Reyes-Rodriquez shares an inside look at her work testing mobile forensic software tools. She and her team explore the validity of different methods
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NIST and Noblis Seek Participants for Bullet Black Box Study

Are you a US firearms examiner who has conducted operational casework in the past year? NIST and Noblis are seeking participants for a bullet black-box study to evaluate the accuracy,
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NIJ Forensic Science Research and Devlopment Symposium

Now Available Online: NIJ Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium

Did you miss the 2020 National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Research and Development Symposium at the AAFS Annual Meeting? You can now watch the program online. In this
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Mark Our Upcoming Events in Your Calendar

  1. Short Course Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence

    Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
  2. Webinar: Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance

    Thursday, May 13 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
  3. Webinar: Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward

    Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
  4. CSAFE All Hands Meeting

    Tuesday, June 1 at 1:00 pm - Wednesday, June 2 at 4:30 pm CDT
  5. CSAFE 2021 Field Update

    Monday, June 14 at 11:00 am - 3:30 pm CDT