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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.

In a joint collaboration between CSAFE researchers and forensic scientists, we develop and facilitate publicly available programs that amplify existing knowledge or build new competencies in the statistical analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence. These programs include short courses, webinars, workshops, and research updates that touch on a variety of topics relevant to the diverse forensic and applied forensic science communities. CSAFE believes that training and education can enhance technical innovation through alignment of measurement science with emerging and innovative fields of research. Check back regularly for new programs, and please contact us with any interest in educational collaborations or with questions.

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Available Courses

STATISICAL THINKING FOR FORENSIC PROFESSIONALS

Session 1: March 26, 2021 — 12-2 p.m. CST
Session 2: April 9, 2021 — 12-2 p.m. CST
Session 3: April 23, 2021 — 12-2 p.m. CST

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CSAFE is constantly developing programs to share with the student community. Watch here for news of upcoming events and other programs.

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CSAFE 2021 Field Update

CSAFE 2021 Field Update

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The 2021 Field Update was held June 14, 2021, and served as the closing to the first year of CSAFE 2.0. CSAFE brought together researchers, forensic science partners and interested community members to highlight the organization’s achievements, identify areas for…


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

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This CSAFE webinar was held on May 25, 2021. 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…


Mt. Everest—we are going to lose many: a survey of fingerprint examiners’ attitudes towards probabilistic reporting

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Published: 2021 | By: H. Swofford

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 scepticism, or…

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Assessing Footwear Examiner Performance

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This CSAFE webinar was held on May 13, 2021. 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.…


Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 3

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Session 3 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on April 23, 2021. Presenter: Hal Stern Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Chancellor's Professor, University of California, Irvine CSAFE Co-Director Presentation Description: The National Academies report in 2009 and the…


Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 2

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Session 2 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on April 9, 2021. Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Distinguished Professor in the Department of Statistics, CSAFE Director Presentation Description: Statistical ideas such as sampling, point and interval estimation of population quantities,…


IRT for Forensics

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This CSAFE webinar was held on April 8, 2021. Presenter: Amanda Luby Assistant Professor of Statistics, Swarthmore College Presentation Description: In this webinar, Amanda Luby explored how Item Response Theory (IRT), a class of statistical methods used prominently in educational…


Judges and forensic science education: A national survey

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Published: 2021 | By: Brandon L. Garrett

In criminal cases, forensic science reports and expert testimony play an increasingly important role in adjudication. More states now follow a federal reliability standard, which calls upon judges to assess the reliability and validity of scientific evidence. Little is known…

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Statistical Thinking for Forensic Practitioners Short Course – Session 1

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Session 1 of this three-part CSAFE short course was held on March 26, 2021. 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…


Latent print comparison and examiner conclusions: A field analysis of case processing in one crime laboratory

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Published: 2021 | By: Brett O. Gardner

Scholarship on the latent print comparison process has expanded in recent years, responsive to the call for rigorous research by scholarly groups (e.g., National Academy of Sciences, 2009; President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, 2016). Important to the…

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Source Code on Trial

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This CSAFE symposium was held on March 12, 2021. Presenter: Professor Edward Imwinkelried Edward L. Barrett, Jr. Professor of Law Emeritus, University of California - Davis School of Law Panelists: Professor Ric Simmons, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of…


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Handwriting Analysis at CSAFE

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This CSAFE webinar was held on March 11, 2021. Presenter: Alicia Carriquiry Distinguished Professor and President's Chair in Statistics, CSAFE Director Presentation Description: Forensic handwriting analysis relies on the principle of individuality: no two writers produce identical writing, and given…


A clustering method for graphical handwriting components and statistical writership analysis

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Published: 2020 | By: Amy M. Crawford

Handwritten documents can be characterized by their content or by the shape of the written characters. We focus on the problem of comparing a person's handwriting to a document of unknown provenance using the shape of the writing, as is…

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Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearm Studies

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This CSAFE webinar was held on February 10, 2021. Presenters: Heike Hofmann Professor and Kingland Faculty Fellow, Iowa State University Susan VanderPlas Research Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Alicia Carriquiry Distinguished Professor and President's Chair in Statistics, CSAFE Director…


Statistical Methods for the Forensic Analysis of User-Event Data

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Published: 2020 | By: Christopher Galbraith

A common question in forensic analysis is whether two observed data sets originate from the same source or from different sources. Statistical approaches to addressing this question have been widely adopted within the forensics community, particularly for DNA evidence, providing…

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Psychometric analysis of forensic examiner behavior

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Published: 2020 | By: Amanda Luby

Forensic science often involves the comparison of crime-scene evidence to a known-source sample to determine if the evidence and the reference sample came from the same source. Even as forensic analysis tools become increasingly objective and automated, final source identifications…

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Juror appraisals of forensic evidence: Effects of blind proficiency and cross-examination

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Published: 2020 | By: William E. Crozier

Forensic testimony plays a crucial role in many criminal cases, with requests to crime laboratories steadily increasing. As part of efforts to improve the reliability of forensic evidence, scientific and policy groups increasingly recommend routine and blind proficiency tests of…

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Statistical Methods for the Forensic Analysis of Geolocated Event Data

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Published: 2020 | By: Christopher Galbraith

A common question in forensic analysis is whether two observed data sets originated from the same source or from different sources. Statistical approaches to addressing this question have been widely adopted within the forensics community, particularly for DNA evidence. Here…

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Implementing blind proficiency testing in forensic laboratories: Motivation, obstacles, and recommendations

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Published: 2020 | By: Robin Meija

Regular proficiency testing of forensic examiners is required at accredited laboratories and widely accepted as an important component of a functioning quality assurance program. Yet, unlike in other testing industries, the majority of forensic laboratories testing programs rely entirely on…

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Statistical models to predict exposure settings using two different iPhone camera apps

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Published: 2020 | By: Kurt Michael Kabriel

The StegoAppDB [Newman, J. (2019)] is a digital image database containing camera data from Android and iPhone mobile phones and developed for forensic purposes. Taken with a custom-designed camera app called Cameraw rather than the camera app native to the…

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