Poisons, bombs, and bite marks among topics
of URI's second Forensic Science Partnership
Thursday Seminar Series
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 27, 2000 -- Crimes involving poisons, bombs
and biting and the science used to solve them are among the topics of the
University of Rhode Island's Forensic Science Partnership Thursday Seminar
Series, which begins today and runs through May 4.
All lectures/demonstrations, except for the Feb. 3 program, will be held
in Pastore Hall, Room 124 at 4 p.m. The Feb. 3 lecture will be held in the
Cherry Auditorium of the Kirk Engineering Building at 4 p.m.
The dates, speakers and their topics are:
Jan. 27 -- Robert Foster, senior trial counsel with the U.S. Department
of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, "The Use of
Experts in Environmental Litigation," discussion will focus on how
expert witnesses were used by the United States to show that a nerve gas
incinerator was not a threat to health and the environment and how the government
used experts to show that land targeted for a shopping mall once contained
Feb. 3 -- Kevin Glynn, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Newport,
Feb. 10 -- Elaine Pagliaro, Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, "The
Importance of Biological Evidence in Criminal Investigations;"
Feb. 17 -- Don Housman, Naval Criminal Investigative Services, Newport,
"Forensics of Bloodspatter;"
Feb. 24 -- John H. Trestrail III, a registered pharmacist and board
certified toxicologist who is a visiting instructor at the FBI National
Academy, "Poisoners Throughout History," a discussion of homicidal
poisoning from the days of early man, to the present.
March 2 -- Joe DiZinno, chief of the DNA Analysis Unit II at the FBI
Laboratory, "Forensic Dentistry," discussion will focus on the
various aspects of forensic dentistry, including bite mark analysis and
the dental aspects of the human identification process.
. March 9 -- Peter R. DeForest, professor of criminalistics, John Jay
College of Criminal Justice, New York, "Why a Graduate Degree Program
in Forensic Science?";
March 23 -- Douglas H. Ubelaker, curator of physical anthropology at
the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, "Case
Studies in Forensic Anthropology," presentation will focus on the varied
applications of physical anthropology to medico-legal investigation;
March 30 -- Steven Burmeister, chief of the FBI Explosives Unit, title
of talk to be announced later;
April 6 -- Ronald E. Menold II, sub-unit program manager for the Paints
and Polymer Sub-Unit at the FBI Laboratory, "The Forensic Analysis
of Paints, Tapes, and Polymers";
April 13 -- Rich Saferstein, retired chief forensic scientists at the
New Jersey State Police Laboratory, topic to be announced;
April 20 -- Gerald J. Kufta, Kufta Consulting, former Pennsylvania State
Police Fire Marshal, who has investigated a fire in every state east of
the Mississippi, topic to be announced;
April 27 -- Don Seigel, University of Rhode Island graduate,
now of Syracuse University, "Hydrogeochemistry of the World's Largest
Landfill," (Freshkill, N.Y.);
May 4 -- Eve Hinman, structural engineer and president of Hinman Consulting
Engineers, San Francisco, "Protecting Buildings Against the Effects
of Explosions," the discussion will look at threat definition, weapons
effects, loads on structures and typical structural failure modes.
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116