Alicia Carriquiry selected to deliver Florence Nightingale David Lecture

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The Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS) has selected Alicia Carriquiry, President’s Chair in Statistics at Iowa State University, to be the 2021 COPSS Florence Nightingale David Award and Lectureship. Professor Carriquiry will receive the award during the 2021 Joint Statistical Meeting, where she will also deliver the F.N. David Lecture titled “Statistics in the Pursuit of Justice—A More Principled Strategy to Analyze Forensic Evidence.”

The F.N. David Award, sponsored jointly by COPSS and the Caucus for Women in Statistics, recognizes Carriquiry for her contributions to the profession that have spanned over 30 years.

Carriquiry researches applications of statistics in human nutrition, bioinformatics, forensic sciences and traffic safety and has published over 140 peer-reviewed articles in academic journals. Carriquiry’s research has been used to make a difference in the world. She has worked with various government and health agencies around the world to improve health and nutrition, including the National Center for Health Statistics, the National Institutes of Health, the European Union and the World Health Organization.

For the past six years, Carriquiry has been the director of the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Center for Excellence. With more than 80 researchers from across six universities, CSAFE is developing statistically sound and scientifically solid methods to analyze and interpret evidence, providing the forensic community with accessible tools, open-source databases and educational opportunities.

Carriquiry has published cutting-edge work on source matching for bullet markings, glass fragments, footwear impressions and handwriting analysis. Her work potentially could have a significant and beneficial impact on the U.S. criminal justice system.

Carriquiry received a master’s degree in animal science from the University of Illinois and a master’s and doctoral degree in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University. She joined the Iowa State faculty in 1990 and has held various leadership roles at the university.

As the first female faculty member promoted to full professor in the Department of Statistics at Iowa State University, Carriquiry continues to advocate for female and early-career faculty by providing them with opportunities for success. The Department now has 15 other female faculty members who have benefited from the path Dr. Carriquiry blazed before them and from her subsequent advocacy and support.

Carriquiry is a fellow of several statistical associations, including the American Statistical Association, the International Statistical Institute, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and the International Society for Bayesian Analysis. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She joined the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. In 2018, Carriquiry became a technical advisor for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners, and in 2020 was elected an associate member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

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