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Health department toxicology expert to address
URI Forensic Science Partnership lecture series Feb. 13

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 11, 2003 -- Nancy Haley, supervisor of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory at the Rhode Island Department of Health, will speak at the University of Rhode Island, Thursday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124.

Her topic at the URI Forensic Science Partnership lecture series is "Forensic Toxicology: A Rhode Island Perspective." The talk is free and open to the public.

Haley will describe the Forensic Sciences Section at the Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratories, while concentrating on the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory. She’ll explain pathology, odontology, anthropology, entomology, psychiatry, engineering and serology as they relate to the field of forensic toxicology.

Haley will discuss the role of the forensic scientist, along with related topics such as chain of custody and expert witness testimony. She will outline the differences between forensic and clinical toxicology and she’ll present some interesting cases, which will demonstrate the necessity of performing comprehensive toxicology analyses.

This is Haley’s 30th year in forensics with the state of Rhode Island. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and her master of science from URI in pharmacology and toxicology. During the research for her master’s, she received two awards, an Educational Research Award from the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and a Toxicology Research Award from the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Haley has been a member of both of these nationally recognized organizations for more than 20 years. She has co-authored publications that have appeared in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the American Journal of Public Health and the Journal of Rhode Island Medicine. She has lectured on numerous occasions on the field of forensic toxicology at local colleges and at the national associations’ annual meetings and the Northeast Association of Forensic Scientists. She has attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. to receive training in quality assurance in the laboratory.

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