URI Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series announces
KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 31, 2001 -- The University of Rhode Island's
Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series has announced a change for the
lecture to be held, Thursday, Feb. 1.
John Reid of the Department of Geology, Hampshire College, Amherst, Mass.,
will discuss the origins of enslaved Africans found in the New York African
Burial Ground using strontium isotopes. The lecture will be held at 3:30
p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124, on the Kingston Campus. It is free and open
to the public.
Reid will speak in place of Pete Hefferan, of Cartridge Actuated Devices,
who was to speak on smokeless powders and dust explosions. Hefferan's talk
will be held Feb. 15.
Reid will discuss a 1991 excavation for a new federal Environmental Protection
Agency Building in lower Manhattan that resulted in the discovery of some
420 remains of slave burials. Reid has analyzed the enamel and dentin of
teeth from about 15 individuals for the isotopes of strontium with the goal
of deciphering the birthplaces and migrations of the individuals. Reid has
recognized three sets of individuals from the sample population: 1. True
birth New Yorkers. 2. People probably born on ancient rocks in West Africa.
3. Individuals either from the volcanic islands of the Caribbean, or from
limestone terrain in Africa. Reid received his bachelor's degree in physics
from Williams College; his master's in education from Harvard University
and his doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For Information: Jimmie Oxley 874-2103, Dave Lavallee 874-2116