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Chemical incident expert to speak Oct. 18
as part of URI Forensic Science Seminar

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Oct. 11, 2001 -- Neal Langerman, an expert in chemical incidents and injuries, will present "Shellmound: Industrial Arsenic & Lead Contamination A $12.5 Million ‘Whodunit’" in the fifth Forensic Science Seminar on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.

The lecture will be held in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Langerman will explore chemistry, engineering and history of the location while solving the "whodunit" in a lead arsenate contamination. The investigation in Emeryville, Calif. focused on whether the source of contamination was a pesticide plant or an iron oxide production facility. Langerman and his team were asked to prove that the pesticide plant caused the contamination by proving that the iron oxide plant could not have. The lecture will highlight the steps that led to a conclusion on the contamination.

Langerman holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Franklin & Marshall College and a doctorate in biochemical thermodynamics from Northwestern University. He has founded two consulting firms, Chemical Safety Associates and Advanced Chemical Safety. With Advanced Chemical Safety, Langerman provides training to industrial clients in all areas of chemical management and chemical, safety and regulatory issues.

The seminar series is a semester-long program offered by the URI Forensic Science Partnership. The seminars take place every Thursday in Pastore Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

For Information: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-2116, Sarah Emmett, 401-874-2116

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