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CSAFE Researchers and Collaborators Recognized for Professional Achievements

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Alicia Carriquiry
Alicia Carriquiry

Carriquiry Wins the 2021 COPSS F.N. David Award

Alicia Carriquiry, the director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), was awarded the 2021 Florence Nightingale David Award. The award is presented every two years to a female statistician who serves as a role model to other women by her contributions to the profession through excellence in research, leadership of multidisciplinary collaborative groups, statistics education or service to professional societies.

The award is sponsored jointly by the Committee of Presidents of Statistics Societies (COPSS) and the Caucus for Women in Statistics. Carriquiry will receive a plaque, a cash honorarium and give the F.N. David Lecture at the Joint Statistical Meeting Aug. 7-12, 2021.

Carriquiry is a Distinguished Professor and President’s Chair in Statistics at Iowa State University. She is also a fellow of most of the major statistical associations in the United States and worldwide. She is an elected member of the National Academies and a fellow of the AAAS. In 2018, Carriquiry became a technical advisor for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, and in 2020 was elected associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Journal of Forensic Sciences 2020 Noteworthy Articles

CSAFE Researchers Make the List of 2020 Noteworthy Articles

The Journal of Forensic Sciences (JFS) released its list of noteworthy articles for 2020, and two CSAFE-related publications were selected.

Error Rates, Likelihood Ratios, and Jury Evaluation of Forensic Evidence was selected in the Jurisprudence category. It was written by Brandon L. Garrett, CSAFE co-director and the L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law at Duke University; William E. Crozier, Research Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice; and Rebecca Grady, a former Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Irvine.

Use of an Automated System to Evaluate Feature Dissimilarities in Handwriting Under a Two‐Stage Evaluative Process was selected in the Questioned Documents category. CSAFE researcher Danica Ommen, an assistant professor of statistics at Iowa State University, was a contributing author.

The JFS is the official publication of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. To view the full list of articles, visit

Chu Receives Award for Integrity in Forensic Science

CSAFE collaborator Sarah Chu received the Magnus Mukoro Award for Integrity in Forensic Science at the sixth annual Questioning Forensics Conference held Jan. 27-29. Chu is the senior advisor on forensic science policy at the Innocence Project. The conference was presented by the Legal Aid Society’s DNA Unit for defenders and explored cutting-edge forensic topics.

Two CSAFE researchers also presented at the Questioning Forensics Conference. On Jan. 28, Brandon Garrett, CSAFE co-director and the L. Neil Williams, Jr. Professor of Law at Duke University, presented Jury Conceptions of Likelihood Ratios. Heike Hofmann, a professor of statistics and Kingland Faculty Fellow at Iowa State University, presented Scientific Advances in Toolmark Comparisons on Jan. 29.