KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 27, 2003 -- An armed forces toxicologist will discuss the use of human hair in drug abuse analysis at the University of Rhode Islands Forensic Science Seminar Series on Thursday Oct. 30.
Kathryn S. Kalasinsky, chief of optical spectroscopy in a division of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, will lecture on "Hair Analysis A New Forensic Tool," at 4 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.
According to Kalasinsky, hair is the only material used in forensic analysis that provides long-term drug retention data. The hair root bulb can also yield information about drug distribution at the time of death.
Kalasinsky will discuss considerations for specimen collection and analysis as well as the interpretation of the data.
Kalasinsky earned her doctorate from the University of South Carolina and has more than 20 years of experience in the fields of environmental and forensic toxicology. She began working for the federal government at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in 1991, where she is now the chief of research and education for the Division of Forensic Toxicology in the Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. She is well known in her field for her many applications of spectroscopy to solving forensic problems, primarily for drug abuse questions.