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Forensic Science Professionals

CSAFE Forensic Learning Opportunities

Harness tools and training that will help improve your accuracy, objectivity and communication as a forensic scientist or stakeholder.

CSAFE provides educational and training programs on probability and statistics applied to forensic science disciplines. Designed specifically for forensic practitioners, our learning opportunities enhance your existing knowledge and build new competencies. These programs include short courses, webinars, workshops, and research updates that touch on a variety of topics relevant to the diverse forensic science communities. Check back regularly for new learning opportunities.

Ways to Learn

From self-paced online courses to instructor-led short courses, CSAFE offers flexible options to help deepen your understanding of specific forensics concepts.

  • Single Topic Updates: One-off events covering important topics related to forensic science that help you stay up-to-date on the latest research and resources.
  • Online Training: Short courses, full courses and workshops focusing on probability and statistics concepts and their use in forensic science.
  • Classroom Training (on-site): We can provide personalized on-site training on topics selected by your organization.

Contact Us

Not sure which training path is right for you?

Let us help you find the best workshop option for your organization’s needs. Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities and scheduling:

Anthony Greiter

Anthony Greiter

Learning and Development Specialist
(515) 294-1561
agreiter@iastate.edu

Upcoming Events

Registration is now open for these events.

Available Courses

Short Courses

CSAFE’s online short courses are live, instructor-led courses ranging from 6–8 learning hours. Registration is free.

SAMPLING FOR FORENSIC PRACTITIONERS

Session 1: September 30, 2021 — 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT
Session 2: October 7, 2021 — 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CDT

STATISICAL THINKING FOR FORENSIC PRACTITIONERS

Session 1: October 22, 2021 — 10 a.m. – Noon CDT
Session 2: November 5, 2021 — 10 a.m. – Noon CDT
Session 3: November 19, 2021 — 10 a.m. – Noon CST

Long Courses

CSAFE offers self-paced online courses ranging from 20–30 learning hours. Cost per course varies. Contact us for individual and group rates.

Our newest course is available now:

STATISTICS FOR FORENSIC PRACTITIONERS

Statistics for Forensic Science Practitioners is a self-paced, online, continuing education course for forensic science practitioners. This course addresses the core concepts related to probability, statistics, and their application to today’s forensics issues.

Schedule a workshop

CSAFE provides workshops on topics related to probability and statistics as applied to forensic science disciplines. These free opportunities are offered on a range of topics and skill levels and are ideal for small or large groups. CSAFE can tailor any of its workshops to best meet the needs of your organization. Training can be scheduled on‑site or virtual. Contact us to discuss collaboration opportunities and scheduling.

One of our most popular workshops introduces quantitative tools to evaluate forensic evidence:

Survey of Quantitative Tools for
Forensic Evidence

This workshop will introduce you to the most often-suggested quantitative approaches: the two-stage approach and the likelihood ratio (Bayes factor) approach. You will discuss possible applications to different types of evidence.

90 Minutes | Cost: FREE

Available Resources
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Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course (Fall 2021)

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Presenter: Hal Stern Chancellor's Professor in the Department of Statistics, CSAFE Co-Director Presentation Description: 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…


Treatment of inconclusives in the AFTE range of conclusions

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Published: 2021 | By: Heike Hofmann

In the past decade, and in response to the recommendations set forth by the National Research Council Committee on Identifying the Needs of the Forensic Sciences Community (2009), scientists have conducted several black-box studies that attempt to estimate the error…

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Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Black Box Study

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This CSAFE webinar was held on October 14, 2021. 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…


Assessing the resources and requirements of statistics education in forensic science

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Published: 2020 | By: Xiaoyi Yang

With the increasing ability to easily collect and analyze data, statistics plays a more critical role in scientific research activities, such as designing experiments, controlling processes, and understanding or validating lab results. As a result, incorporating statistics training into the…

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Consensus on validation of forensic voice comparison

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Published: 2021 | By: Geoffrey Stewart Morrison

Since the 1960s, there have been calls for forensic voice comparison to be empirically validated under casework conditions. Since around 2000, there have been an increasing number of researchers and practitioners who conduct forensic-voice-comparison research and casework within the likelihood-ratio…

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Commentary on Curley et al. Assessing cognitive bias in forensic decisions: a review and outlook

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Published: 2020 | By: William C. Thompson

In their recent critical review titled “Assessing Cognitive Bias in Forensic Decisions: A Review and Outlook,” Curley et al. (1) offer a confused and incomplete discussion of “task relevance” in forensic science. Their failure to adopt a clear and appropriate…

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Estimating Repeatability and Reproducibility with Limited Replications

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Published: 2020 | By: Hina Arora

In many measurement settings, it is important to assess the reliability and validity of measurements. As an example, forensic examiners are called upon to assess the quality of forensic evidence and draw conclusions about the evidence (e.g., whether two fingerprints…

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Using Machine Learning Methods to Predict Similarity of Striations on Bullet Lands

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Published: 2020 | By: Heike Hofmann

Recent advances in microscopy have made it possible to collect 3D topographic data, enabling virtual comparisons based on the collected 3D data next to traditional comparison microscopy. Automatic matching algorithms have been introduced for various scenarios, such as matching cartridge…

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Sampling for Forensic Practitioners Short Course

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The first session of this two-session short course took place on September 30, 2021. The second session took place on October 7, 2021. Recordings of both sessions can be found below. Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Director of CSAFE Iowa State University…


A Survey of Fingerprint Examiners’ Attitudes towards Probabilistic Reporting

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This CSAFE webinar was held on September 22, 2021. Presenter: Simon Cole 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…


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