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February 2022

Webinar: Improving Forensic Decision Making: a Human-Cognitive Perspective

Thursday, February 17 at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2022 Webinar Series on Thursday, February 17th, 2022, from Noon-1:00 pm CST. The presentation will be “Improving Forensic Decision Making: a Human-Cognitive Perspective.”  Presenter: Itiel Dror Cognitive Neuroscience Researcher - University College London Presentation Description: Humans play a critical role in forensic decision making. Drawing upon classic cognitive and psychological research on factors that influence and underpin expert decision making, this webinar…

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December 2021

Webinar: Using Mixture Models to Examine Group Differences: An Illustration Involving the Perceived Strength of Forensic Science Evidence

Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am CST
Online Learning
Free

CSAFE invites researchers, collaborators, and members of the broader forensics and statistics communities to participate in our Spring 2022 Webinar Series on Thursday, December 9th, 2021, from 9:00-10:00 am CT. The presentation will be “Using Mixture Models to Examine Group Differences: An Illustration Involving the Perceived Strength of Forensic Science Evidence.”  Presenter: Naomi Kaplan Damary, PhD Lecturer - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Presentation Description: Forensic examiners compare items to assess whether they originate from a common source. In reaching…

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November 2021

Short Course Session 3: Quantitative Tools for Forensic Evidence

Friday, November 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - Friday, November 19, 2021 at 12:00 pm CST
Online Learning
Free

This event is tentatively scheduled to take place on November, 12, 2021. A registration form 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…

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Short Course Session 2: Sampling, Statistics and the Status Quo

Friday, November 5, 2021 at 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
Online Learning
Free

This event is tentatively scheduled to take place on November, 5, 2021. A registration form can be found below.  Session 2 Description: Session 2: Sampling, Statistics and the Status Quo is the second session in the three-session short course, Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners.  Statistical ideas such as sampling, point and interval estimation of population quantities, and hypothesis testing have direct application in forensic science. In this session, we start from fundamental ideas about variability (and its sources) in measurements…

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October 2021

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

Friday, October 22, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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, 2021 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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