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NIST Seeks Public Comment on Draft Report of Digital Forensic Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published Digital Investigation Techniques: A NIST Scientific Foundation Review. The draft report will be open for public comments through July 11,
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Innocence Project

The Innocence Project: 30 Years of Advocating for Justice Reform

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)   As the Innocence Project enters its 30th year, Christina Swarns, executive director
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AAFS 2022 Recap: Understanding Juror Comprehension of Forensic Testimony: Assessing Jurors’ Decision Making and Evidence Evaluation

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)   During the 74th annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) scientific conference,
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AAFS 2022 Recap: An Internal Validation Study of the TopMatch 3D Scanner for Cartridge Cases

By Samantha Springer, a research assistant at the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)   At the 74th annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) scientific conference,
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NIST Black Box Study for Digital Forensic Examiners

NIST Releases Results from a Black Box Study for Digital Forensic Examiners

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the results from a black box study for digital forensic examiners. The study, released in February 2022, describes the methodology
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OSAC Registry Implementation Survey: 2021 Report

Results Available from OSAC Registry Implementation Survey

The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science (OSAC) released the results from its first annual Registry Implementation Survey. The report, published in February 2022, provides a detailed look
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Insights: A Practical Tool for Information Management in Forensic Decisions

INSIGHTS A Practical Tool for Information Management in Forensic Decisions: Using Linear Sequential Unmasking-Expanded (LSU-E) in Casework OVERVIEW While forensic analysts strive to make their findings as accurate and objective
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Figure 2 from the study shows sources of cognitive bias in sampling, observations, testing strategies, analysis and/or conclusions, that impact even experts. These sources of bias are organized in a taxonomy of three categories: case-specific sources (Category A), individual-specific sources (Category B) and sources that relate to human nature (Category C).

A Study on Improving Forensic Decision Making will be the Topic of CSAFE’s February Webinar

A new study that proposes a broad and versatile approach to strengthening expert decision making will be the focus of an upcoming Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence
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Insights: Handwriting Identification Using Random Forests and Score-Based Likelihood Ratios

INSIGHTs Handwriting Identification Using Random Forests and Score-Based Likelihood Ratios OVERVIEW Handwriting analysis has long been a largely subjective field of study, relying on visual inspections from trained examiners to
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Insights: Using the Likelihood Ratio in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

INSIGHTS Using the Likelihood Ratio in Bloodstain Pattern Analysis OVERVIEW Using likelihood ratios (LRs) when reporting forensic evidence in court has significant advantages, as it allows forensic practitioners to consider
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ASCLD Forensic Research Committee

ASCLD Forensic Research Committee Provides Useful Resources for Researchers and Practitioners

The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) Forensic Research Committee (FRC) works to identify the research, development, technology and evaluation needs and priorities for the forensic science community. The
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Figure 1 from the article shows examples of bloodstain patterns used in the study.

CSAFE’s October Webinar will Feature New Black Box Study on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis

A new study assessing the accuracy and reproducibility of practicing bloodstain pattern analysts’ conclusions will be the focus of an upcoming Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE)
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