Researchers to present proposals to
URI Forensic Science partnership
KINGSTON, R.I.-- October 26, 1999 -- Analysis of evidence from pipe bomb
explosions, a presentation on residue from flight TWA 800, a new technique
for analyzing illicit drugs and using sensors to make more effective devices
to help find victims trapped in fires.
They are among 14 presentations University of Rhode Island researchers
will present to the University's Forensic Science Partnership on Thursday,
Oct. 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Memorial Union's Ballroom. The program is
open to the public.
Dennis Hilliard, director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory
and also assistant adjunct professor of biomedical sciences at URI, said
the partnership's steering committee will recommend that the partnership
support each of the projects proposed at funding levels up to $3,000. Hilliard
is one of the leaders of the partnership.
Among those attending the meeting will be partnership advisory board
members Supreme Court Justice John Bourcier, and Thomas Romeo, URI executive
The Forensic Science Partnership is part of the President's Partnership
Program, which was established four years ago to increase interdisciplinary
research efforts in areas critical to societal needs.
The Forensic Science Partnership is a collaboration of the Rhode Island
State Crime Laboratory, which is based at URI's College of Pharmacy, the
other colleges at URI, the state Department of Health, the state's law enforcement
community, and the insurance industry.
In this, the first year, the Forensic Science Partnership is developing
courses, faculty seminars, and research projects that will create a regional
center of excellence to assist law enforcement agencies.
The courses could become the foundation of a master's program in forensic
science; no public university in New England offers such a program.
The complete list of topics and presenters follows.
For Further Information: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116