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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 events and webinars, courses, and workshops. Our available resources also provide research updates that touch on a variety of topics relevant to the diverse forensic science communities. Check back regularly for new learning opportunities.

Contact Us

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

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Anthony Greiter

Learning and Development Specialist
(515) 294-1561

Events & Webinars

Registration is now open for these events.

Webinar: Blind Testing in Firearms Examination

Thursday, June 23 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT

Available Courses

Short Courses

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


Session 1: June 3, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT
Session 2: June 10, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT
Session 3: June 17, 2022 — 10:00 a.m.-Noon CT

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 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
for Forensic Science Professionals

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Extracting Case-Specific Data from Validation Studies

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This CSAFE webinar was held on May 10, 2022. Presenters: Steve Lund Statistical Engineering Division, NIST Hari Iyer Statistical Engineering Division, NIST Presentation Description: The legal and scientific communities agree that any forensic method or algorithm should undergo validation testing…

Shining a Light on Black Box Studies

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This CSAFE webinar was held on April 22, 2022. Presenters: Dr. Kori Khan Iowa State University Dr. Alicia Carriquiry Iowa State University Presentation Description: The American criminal justice system heavily relies on conclusions reached by the forensic science community. In…

Sampling for Forensic Practitioners Short Course

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This three-session short course took place on March 25, April 1, and April 8, 2022. Recordings of completed sessions and practicum materials can be found below. Presenters: Alicia Carriquiry Director of CSAFE Iowa State University Joseph Zemmels Graduate Research Assistant…

Modeling And iNventory of Tread Impression System (MANTIS): The development, deployment and application of an active footwear data collection system

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This CSAFE webinar was held on March 24, 2022. Presenters: Dr. Richard Stone Iowa State University Dr. Susan Vanderplas University of Nebraska, Lincoln Presentation Description: This webinar details the development, capabilities and successful deployment of the Modeling And iNventory of…

Modeling covarying responses of forensic decision-makers within an IRT framework

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Published: 2020 | By: Amanda Luby

Presented at Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) 2020

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Latent Print Quality in Blind Proficiency Testing: Using Quality Metrics to Examine Laboratory Performance

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Published: 2021 | By: Brett Gardner

Presented at American Association of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 2021

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Evaluating the Reliability of Randomly Acquired Characteristics (RACs) Identification in Footwear Impression Evidence

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Published: 2021 | By: Corey Katz

Presented at American Association of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 2021

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Studying Reproducibility and Reliability for Pattern Evidence Comparisons

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Published: 2021 | By: Hina Arora

Presented at International Association for Identification (IAI) 2021

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Ruger LCP Study: a two-pronged approach

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Published: 2021 | By: Melissa Nally

This study started as an attempt to take a closer look at the rifling observed in the 380 Auto Ruger LCP pistol

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Statistics in the Pursuit of Justice—A More Principled Strategy to Analyze Forensic Evidence.

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Published: 2021 | By: Alicia Carriquiry

Florence Nightingale David Lecture at Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)

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