Friday, August 27, 2021 at 12:00 AM EDT
Friday, October 1, 2021 at 7:00 PM EDT

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August 27

9:00 AM PDT    Dana Chidekel
10:10 AM PDT  Sarah Chu
11:20 AM PDT  Jeff Salyards
12:30                 Lunch Break
1:00 PM PDT    Particia Fripp
2:10 PM PDT    Kimberly Pease &  Stan Stahl


Valerie Weil 
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners 

2021 SAFE Conference 

The 2021 SAFE Conference will be held on two days:  August 27 and October 1, 2021.

The line-up is complete for August 27th.  As soon as the Oct. 1st line-up is finalized, it will appear here. Below, please note our amazing speakers and topics they will be presenting at our conference this year.

9:00 AM Pacific

Dr. Dana Chidekel, PhD, ABN, ABPdN

Title: Does a Fish Know It’s in Water? How Our Invisible Assumptions Determine What We See

 Abstract:   Our brains are continually engaged in solving a selection problem. We can’t take in everything around us.  To what do we attend? What do we screen out?  These “decisions” are invisible. They’re the products of our particular neurologies and of the habits of thinking that each of us began to develop in infancy, before we were even aware of thinking. Habits of thinking are adaptive for survival because they make the world knowable and predictable. But they limit us.  In this presentation we talk about how we develop in the ways we do, and how we can expand our range of thinking and perceiving beyond limitations of which we’re not aware.  
Bio:  Dr. Dana Chidekel, a clinical neuropsychologist, is certified by both the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology and the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Dr. Chidekel dedicates a portion of her practice to forensic work as a consultant and expert by plaintiff and defense in approximate equal proportions, in state and federal matters associated with personal injury, elder law, probate, employment law, educational law, business law, and (limited) family and criminal law. She is co-author of ADHD as a Model of Brain-Behavior Relationships (Springer 2013) and author of Parents in Charge: Setting Healthy, Loving Boundaries for You and Your Child (Simon and Schuster, 2001). She is a frequent presenter to lay and professional audiences as a speaker, panelist, and keynote. Dr. Chidekel has appeared on local and national radio and TV programs, including multiple appearances on The Today Show.

10:10 AM Pacific

Sarah Chu

Title: Considering Ethical Implications of Algorithms Require Critical Evaluations

 Abstract: Since the 2009 National Academy of Sciences report, the forensic science community has prioritized research focused on the validity and reliability of forensic science disciplines.  However, even accurate technologies can be harmful. To measure the scientific rigor of a method and its impact on society, this presentation calls for implementing a dual-track evaluation of both (1) validity and reliability and (2) justice and equity measures. It is only through assuring a method or technology meets scientific metrics and does not contribute to or exacerbate existing societal disparities we can assure that forensic science and investigative technologies deliver justice for all. 
Bio: Sarah Chu joined the Innocence Project in September 2008. As the Senior Advisor on Forensic Science Policy, she leads policy work that focuses on improving the valid, reliable, and just applications of forensic science and police investigative technologies.  She is a doctoral student in the Criminal Justice program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY Graduate Center where her research interests include the oversight and critical examinations of forensic science and police surveillance technology.

11:20 AM Pacific 

Dr. Jeff Salyards

Topic: Getting It Right – The Language of Measurement & Diagnostic Accuracy


Epistemology is the investigation of what distinguishes justified belief from opinion, or more plainly, it’s knowing how well we know something. Over last the century, a lexicon has developed to describe precision, accuracy, and the quality of scientific work. These terms include uncertainty, sensitivity, specificity, error, and mistake. Unfortunately these terms are used in ambiguous ways and even conflated with each other. And their byproducts like Type I and II Errors, positive predictive value, and Youden’s J statistic, etc, are sometimes miscalculated. However, each term describes different parts of the measurement and diagnostic processes. As forensic science matures and becomes more rigorous, a common understanding of these terms will serve us well. 
Bio:Dr Salyards is a Principal Analyst with Compass Scientific Consulting LLC specializing in continuing education for legal, medical, law enforcement, & educational professionals, forensic science case review and expert testimony. He is a Forensic Research Scientist IV with the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE) at Iowa State University. He has 33 years of combined experience in scientific leadership, investigations, forensic consulting and teaching. Jeff is a Member of the Forensic Science Standards Board for the Office of Scientific Area Committees with NIST, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

1:00 PM

Patricia Fripp

Title: Build Your Credibility as an Expert Witness: How to Present Powerful Opinions

Abstract – Click the video. Patricia Fripp delivers an audio abstract.

Your goal as an expert witness is to convey your information in a clear, concise, and memorable way. Your challenge is to present complex concepts in an interesting, easy, digestible way for the jury.  No matter what your knowledge and experience, your message needs to connect to jurors, attorneys and judges. Often the best story and the communication skills of the expert win.
Bio: Patricia Fripp is a Hall of Fame keynote speaker, executive speech coach, sales presentation, and online learning expert. She was elected the first woman to become President of the National Speakers Association. In Patricia’s career, she has delivered over 3,500 presentations as well as 100s of virtual presentations. Companies hire Patricia to help them drive more business by perfecting their sales conversations and presentations and by helping leaders inspire action and commitment through their words. Clients of her speech coaching include corporate leaders, technical and sales professionals, and seasoned professional speakers. Her online learning platform, FrippVT Powerful, Persuasive Presentations, is embraced as a “must-have” by speakers and companies worldwide.

2:20 PM Pacific

Kimberly Pease and Dr. Stan Stahl

Topic: Cyber Crisis: Securing Our Economy. Protecting Our Identities. Preserving Our Freedoms.


Through storytelling and statistics, join us as we hear from Kimberly Pease, CISSP and Stan Stahl, PhD put the cybersecurity crisis in perspective and describe the role we must play to protect our families, our organizations, and our freedoms.  
Speaker Bios: Kimberly Pease is Director of Information Security at Miller Kaplan Arase LLP. Ms. Pease was also co-founder and Vice President of Citadel Information Group, Inc., a California Information Security/Cyber Security Management firm from 2002 – 2020. Ms. Pease has been awarded Cybersecurity Professional of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal CTO Awards 2017. She has an extensive background in the applications of technology and security solutions. A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). 
Dr. Stan Stahl founded SecureTheVillage as a nonprofit community-based response to the cybercrime and privacy crisis. SecureTheVillage’s vision is a cybersecure global village. Stan is also Director of Information Security Management Programs at Miller Kaplan where he brings his 40 years of information security management expertise to midsize and smaller businesses and nonprofits.



October 1, 2021

Dr. Alicia Carriquiry

Topic: Quantitative methods for forensic handwriting analysis

Abstract: Coming soon

Bio:Alicia Carriquiry has a joint PhD in statistics and animal genetics in 1989. Since 1990, Carriquiry has been on the faculty in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University. She is currently Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and President’s Chair in Statistics, and is Director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center of Excellence. Her research interests include measurement error modeling, survey sampling and Bayesian methods. In recent years, she has become interested in machine learning algorithms and their application in various disciplines, in particular in forensic science.  She has published about 150 peer-reviewed articles and has mentored the work of 20 doctoral students, five post-doctoral researchers, and several brilliant undergraduate

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