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CSAFE Reaches a Greater Number of People with Spring 2021 Webinar Series

Amanda Luby presented IRT for Forensics on April 8, 2021
On April 8, 2021, Amanda Luby, assistant professor at Swarthmore College, presented the webinar, IRT for Forensics: A Re-analysis of the FBI "Black Box" Study. This was one of five webinars hosted by CSAFE this spring.

CSAFE Spring 2021 Webinar SeriesThe Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) wrapped up its Spring 2021 Webinar Series in May, reaching a record number of participants. The five webinars in the series were attended live by more than 800 people worldwide and the recordings have more than 665 total views.

To meet the requests for more learning opportunities focused on the role of probability and statistics in the analysis of forensic evidence, CSAFE added new webinars this spring to share the Center’s research with the forensic science community. Attendance at the webinars regularly exceeded typical in-person events and spanned education levels, disciplines and professional titles.

CSAFE also implemented several changes to improve the viewer experience. Notably, all webinars are being recorded and made available on CSAFE’s website and YouTube page. These videos are now edited with a focus on highlighting the material presented and eliminating unnecessary portions. This change has streamlined the viewing process and improved availability for communities around the world.

The CSAFE Webinar Series will return in the fall with a new lineup of topics and speakers. If you missed the live webcasts this spring or want to watch a webinar again, the recordings are available below:

  • Treatment of Inconclusive Results in Error Rates of Firearm Studies
    Heike Hofmann, professor and Kingland Faculty Fellow, Iowa State University
    Susan Vanderplas, research assistant professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Alicia Carriquiry, CSAFE director, Distinguished Professor and President’s Chair in Statistics, Iowa State University

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Comments from Webinar Participants

“Not only the scientific content was of a prime quality, but also it was presented in a clear and informative way.”

“Overall great experience. Easy access to learn about topics and studies in the field.”

“Well-timed and structured; information covered in a timely manner.”

“The webinar was very interesting and well presented. I’m a forensic practitioner so not very knowledgeable on the topic, but I appreciate hearing about related work that CSAFE is doing.”

“In general, CSAFE puts on some great webinars and does so for free. This is very much a positive.”

“Very good training experience.”