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CSAFE Post-doctoral Researcher to Author Online Book with rOpenSci Research Fellowship Award

 CSAFE Post-doctoral researcher Dr. Samantha Tyner was recently awarded one of four 2018 rOpenSci Research Fellowships.

rOpenSci is committed to developing high-quality open source tools that lower barriers to working with scientific data. The prestigious fellowship program promotes researchers who are engaged in such practices, building capacity and giving them a bigger voice within their professional communities.

With the award of the rOpenSci fellowship, Tyner and CSAFE researcher and Iowa State University Professor of Statistics Heike Hofmann will focus on increasing the scientific and statistical foundations of forensic evidence types using open-source tools.

Tyner and Hofmann will develop an online book “Open Forensic Science in R,” which will walk readers through a forensic analysis step-by-step based on statistical methodology.

“Our ultimate goal in authoring this book is to lower the financial barriers to entry when performing forensic science analyses, both for researchers in academia and for small-scale forensic laboratories,” said Tyner.

She explains, “At the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), our primary goal is to improve the foundation of forensic feature comparison techniques in a transparent way.”

Learn more about the importance of open source technologies in the field of forensics on the CSAFE blog, and how our research is improving access to tools needed by practitioners and researchers.