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Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

Facial reconstruction, internet crimes
against children among topics of
URI Forensic Science Seminar Series

Forensic Science Partnership launches program Jan. 23

KINGSTON, R.I. -- Jan. 22, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership Thursday seminar series for the spring semester includes such topics as "Facial Reconstruction from Skeletal Remains," "Internet Crimes Against Children," and "Forensic Science and the Defense Lawyer."

Adel Irrizary, of the state Attorney General’s office, will give the first talk, Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. in Pastore Hall. Her topic is "the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network (NIBIN) – Firearms Identification Network." All seminars are free and open to the public.

The remaining schedule of speakers and their topics are as follows:

Jan. 30, Patricia Cornell, Providence Police Department, "Facial Reconstruction from Skeletal Remains."
Feb. 6, Mark Zabinski, Cranston Police (retired), "Advances in Latent Print Development."
Feb. 13, Nancy Haley, Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratory, "Forensic Toxicology."
Feb. 20, Christopher Emerson, North Kingstown Police, "Internet Crimes Against Children—R.I. Taskforce."
Feb. 27, Matthew Cassiere, private consultant, "Fraud, Confidence Crimes and the Occult."
March 6, Carl Chasteen, Florida State Fire Marshal Laboratory, "Fire Debris Analysis."
March 20, Michael Dilauro, Rhode Island Public Defender’s Office, "Forensic Science and the Defense Lawyer."
March 27, Michael Baden, New York City medical examiner (retired), "Forensic Pathology."
April 3, Ken Patenaude, Northampton (Mass.) Police, "Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony."
April 10, Walter Williams, Warwick Police, "Blood Pattern Interpretation."
April 17, Owen Walker, federal defense attorney, "How an Attorney Uses Forensic Science."
April 24, Carol Henderson, Nova University, "Expert Witness Testimony."
May 1, To be announced.

The Forensic Science Partnership is a collaboration of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI’s College of Pharmacy, the Rhode Island Department of Health, and URI’s colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Human Science and Services. The partnership was established in the fall of 1999 to make URI a center of forensic excellence through research, curriculum development and community seminars.

For more information: Jimmie Oxley 401-874-2103

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