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URI kicks off Forensic Science Thursday Seminar Series, Sept. 21
First program is on 'Moves of Murder: Tracking Forensic Clues'

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Sept. 20, 2000 -- Susan Ballou, program manager for forensic sciences in the federal Office of Law Enforcement Standards, will be the first to speak in this fall's University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Thursday Seminar Series.

Her lecture, "Moves of Murder: Tracking Forensic Clues" will be presented Thursday, Sept. 21, in Pastore Hall, Room 234. All of the seminar lectures are held at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Three lectures will be held Fridays, Oct. 13, Oct. 17 and Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. also in Pastore 234.

The seminar is a product of the of the URI Forensic Science Partnership, a collaboration of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, which is based at URI's College of Pharmacy, the other colleges at URI, the state Department of Health, the state's law enforcement community, and the insurance industry. URI's Department of Chemistry and its College of Engineering are playing key roles in the partnership. The $150,000 in seed money from the University is funding course development, faculty seminars and research projects.

Ballou will discuss various aspects of solving the crime: searching the crime scene; collecting evidence, both obvious (blood stains) and obscure, (latent fingerprints) other venues for clues' residence; vehicle; storage; trace examination, hairs and fiber. She will discuss several analytical tools, and she will conclude her talk with a case study.

Ballou is the program manager for the forensic science projects in the Office of Law Enforcement Standards at the National Institute of Standards and Testing. She holds a bachelor of science in forensic science from the University of New Haven and a master's degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins. Her professional experience includes forensic toxicology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut and 18 years in crime scene investigation and crime laboratory analysis (drugs, serology, hairs, fibers, and DNA profiling) with the Virginia State and Montgomery County Maryland systems.

With the initiation of the American Board of Criminalistics, the certifying agency for forensic scientists, she was an active volunteer and maintains diplomate certification with this organization. In addition, Ballou maintains active participation and membership with the American Academy of Forensic Science and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists where she held the position of president in 1996.

The speaking schedule for the remainder of the semester:

Sept. 28 -- Georgia Pasqualone, of Quinnipiac University, "Forensic Nursing: Will the Real Sherlock Holmes Please Stand."

Oct. 5 -- Jim Streeter, Connecticut State Police, "Questionable Document Examination."

Oct. 12 -- Bob Carrothers, Nikon, "Forensic Photography."

Oct. 13 -- Tony Carpi, of John Jay College, "Forensic Research for Environmental Protection."

Oct. 19 -- Lloyd Allen, of LabEquip Co., "Laser Ablation of Solids ICP/Time-of-Light."

Oct. 26 -- Ron L. Kelly, of the FBI, "Arson."

Nov. 2 -- Al Harper, of the University of New Haven, "The Discovery, Recovery & Identification of Human Remains."

Nov. 9 -- Tom F. Jenkins, U.S. Army, (Jimmie what does CRREL stand for) "Chemical Detection of Land Mines: Characterization of the Chemical Signature."

Nov. 16 -- Lyle P. Malotky, of the Federal Aviation Administration, "Explosives Detection."

Nov. 17 -- Jim Fabre, of the Drug Enforcement Agency, "Chemistry of Drugs.

Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 -- Ed Bartick of the FBI, "Forensic Application: Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy.

Dec. 7 -- A medical examiner from the state Department of Health, "Forensic Examinations."

For Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116, Jimmie Oxley 401-874-2103

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