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Forensic Statistics becomes an Official ASA Interest Group

Dr. OmmenAssistant Professor Danica Ommen led a successful effort to create an interest group within the American Statistical Association focused on forensic science applications.  The opportunity for statisticians to apply their expertise to problems in forensic science is continuing to grow following two important reports, one by the 2009 National Research Council and the other by the 2016 President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, both of which called for improvement in the foundations of forensic science.  Statisticians have responded to these calls for reform by performing new research, and this research has been received positively by the forensic science community. This interest group will enhance the professional development and growth of its members by providing networking opportunities with other interested individuals outside their immediate circles of collaboration. Further, it will shape the forensic science community by promoting best statistical practices for forensic evidence analysis, interpretation, and presentation.  Those interested in joining the interest group will be able to do so the next time they renew their ASA membership.  In the meanwhile, if you are interested in joining the informational email list, please contact Dr. Ommen at