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October 2021

Short Course Session 1: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science

Friday, October 22 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event is tentatively scheduled to take place on October, 22, 2021. A registration form can be found below.  Session 1 Description: Session 1: Probability Concepts and their Relevance to Forensic Science is the first session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  Probability is the mathematical language of uncertainty. Probabilities are used to describe the frequency or likelihood of events or to characterize measurement uncertainty. In this first session, we introduce the laws of probability and…

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Webinar: Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Black Box Study

Thursday, October 14 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Fall 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday, October 14th, 2021, from 11:00am-Noon CDT. The presentation will be “Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Black Box Study.”  Presenters: Austin Hicklin Noblis Forensic Science Group, Director Paul Kish Forensic Consultant, Paul Erwin Kish Forensic Consultant and Associates Kevin Winer Director, Kansas City Police Crime Laboratory Presentation Description: This study was conducted to assess the accuracy and reproducibility of BPA…

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Short Course Session 2: Sampling for Forensic Practitioners

Thursday, October 7 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event will take place on October 7, 2021. A registration form can be found below.  Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Director of CSAFE Iowa State University About the Short Course: Session 2 is the second session in the two-session short course, Sampling for Forensic Practitioners. Dr. Alicia Carriquiry covers populations and sampling frames, and sampling methods including geometric sampling. The emphasis will be on understanding how these methods are used to aid and enhance current forensic science practices. This short course…

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September 2021

Short Course Session 1: Sampling for Forensic Practitioners

Thursday, September 30 at 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event will take place on September, 30, 2021. A registration form can be found below.  Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Director of CSAFE Iowa State University About the Short Course: Session 1 is the first session in the two-session short course, Sampling for Forensic Practitioners. Dr. Alicia Carriquiry covers populations and sampling frames, and sampling methods including geometric sampling. The emphasis will be on understanding how these methods are used to aid and enhance current forensic science practices. This short course…

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Webinar: A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners’ Attitudes towards Probabilistic Reporting

Wednesday, September 22 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on September 22, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below. Presenter: Simon Cole Professor - University of California, Irvine Presentation Description: Over the past decade, with increasing scientific scrutiny on forensic reporting practices, there have been several efforts to introduce statistical thinking and probabilistic reasoning into forensic practice. These efforts have been met with mixed reactions—a common one being skepticism, or downright hostility, towards this objective. For probabilistic reasoning to be adopted in…

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June 2021

CSAFE 2021 Field Update

Monday, June 14 at 11:00 am - 4:00 pm CDT
Virtual
Free
CSAFE 2021 Field Update

The Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) invites you to the 2021 Field Update to learn more about our activities and accomplishments from the past year. Our team of researchers will highlight the Center's current research projects, and give you information and tools you can use. The Field Update will provide you a chance to give feedback, suggestions or ask questions. Field Update Highlights Our faculty and staff will discuss the latest advancements in CSAFE research Hear…

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CSAFE All Hands Meeting

Tuesday, June 1 at 1:00 pm - Wednesday, June 2 at 4:30 pm CDT
Virtual
Free
2021 CSAFE All Hands Meeting

Day 1: Tuesday, June 1, 1 p.m.–4:30 p.m. CDT Day 2: Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. CDT Meeting Overview The All Hands Meeting will bring together CSAFE's outstanding team of faculty, staff, students and collaborators to highlight our achievements, identify areas for collaboration and discuss goals for the future. The All Hands Meeting will be an excellent opportunity to connect with experts in statistical foundations, pattern and digital evidence, and training and education. The meeting will include a review…

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May 2021

Webinar: Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward

Tuesday, May 25 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Tuesday, May 25th, 2021, from 12:00-1:00pm CST. The presentation will be “Algorithms in Forensic Science: Challenges, Considerations, and a Path Forward.”  Presenter: Henry Swofford Ph.D. Candidate - University of Lausanne Presentation Description: Over the years, scientific and legal scholars have called for the implementation of algorithms (e.g., statistical methods) in forensic science to provide an empirical foundation to…

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Webinar: Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance

Thursday, May 13 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2021 Webinar Series on Thursday, May 13th, 2021, from 11:00am-Noon CST. The presentation will be “Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance - Randomly Acquired Characteristic (RAC) Examinations.”  Presenter: Corey Katz Graduate Researcher - University of California, Irvine Presentation Description: There has recently been increased attention on the reliability and validity of methods used in the analysis of forensic evidence. Black-box studies, studies in which…

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April 2021

Short Course Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence

Friday, April 23 at 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event took place on April 23, 2021. A recording of the event can be found below.  Session 3 Description: Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence is the third session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  The National Academies report in 2009 and the PCAST report in 2016 encouraged consideration of quantitative approaches to assessing forensic evidence. In this session, we review two of the most often-suggested quantitative approaches, the two-stage approach and the likelihood…

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