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Expert in crime scene evaluation to speak at URI on Nov. 1

Kingston, R.I. -- Oct. 30, 2001 -- Sue Ballou, an expert on crime scene evaluation, will give the seventh lecture in URI’s Forensic Science Seminar Series on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Ballou’s lecture, "Murder Mystery: Piecing together Forensic Clues" will be held in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ballou will discuss various crime solving techniques including crime scene investigation, collecting evidence and searching for clues. Her lecture will also include an analysis of prints, hairs and fibers. She will discuss several tools used in crime scene investigations, including the comparison microscope and the microspectrophotometer.

Ballou is currently the program manager for Forensic Science Projects in the Office of Law Enforcement Standards at the National Institute of Standards and Testing. Her 18 years of experience in the forensic field includes forensic toxicology at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut and crime laboratory analysis with the Virginia State and Montgomery County, Maryland systems.

She is a member of the American Board of Criminalistics and maintains a Diplomate Certification with the board. She participates in the American Academy of Forensic Science and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, where she held the position of president in 1996.

Ballou holds a bachelor of science degree in forensic science from the University of New Haven and a masters degree in biotechnology from Johns Hopkins University.

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, 401-874-5862, Sarah Emmett, 401-874-2116

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