Overview

The Forensic Technology Center of Excellence (FTCoE) hosted the Statistical Methods for Decision-Making in Toxicology workshop on October 19, 2015 at the Society of Forensic Toxicologists (SOFT) annual meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. This workshop covered an introduction to basic statistics and hypothesis testing for analytical chemical measurements in toxicology, including calibration, limits of detection, validation, uncertainty estimation, and statistical quality control.

Learning Objectives:
► Gain practical knowledge of how to carry out meaningful statistical analyses for forensic toxicology situations.
► Gain a fundamental understanding of the background and details of statistical techniques, as well as an understanding of the assumptions and limitations of these techniques. To facilitate this goal, the course used simulations to illustrate statistical principles.
► Select and apply appropriate statistical methods to problems involving toxicology, and associated areas of laboratory-based experiment-driven measures.

Workshop Presenter

Dr. Stephen Morgan
Professor  |  Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry  |  University of South Carolina

Dr. Morgan has 35+ years of experience teaching statistics to chemists, biochemists, and chemical engineers through the ​American Chemical Society Short Course program, as a consultant to major chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and for other associations including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, the FBI Trace Evidence Symposium, and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.