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Acting Conn. crime laboratory director to speak at URI Friday, Jan. 23

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-2116

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 16, 2004 -- Elaine Pagliaro, the acting director of the Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, will present an overview of crime laboratories as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Pagliaro, an expert witness in biochemistry, DNA, hair analysis, and crime scene reconstruction, testified in the Michael Skakel murder trial, which brought national attention to Connecticut. Skakel was later convicted of murdering his neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975 when they were both only 15 years old.

Pagliaro began working at the Connecticut laboratory in 1981, and has since been promoted to assistant director. In her 20-plus years at the lab, she has had the opportunity to serve under Henry Lee, the legendary forensic scientist who has worked on national cases, including the murder of JonBenet Ramsey and the trial of O.J. Simpson.

In addition to her duties in the laboratory, she has also worked in hospitals in Connecticut, New York, Rhode Island, and Louisiana, training hospital personnel in the collection and preservation of physical evidence in sexual assault cases.

Not just a scientist, Pagliaro holds a law degree from Quinnipiac College School of Law and is a member of the bar in Connecticut and New Hampshire. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Forensic Science Department at the University of New Haven, and in the Nursing Department at Quinnipiac University.

No stranger to URI, she has lectured as part of the series before, her most recent appearance in October 2002 on the topic of "Expert Testimony and Forensic Ethics." She spoke about scientistsí credibility in courtroom testimony.

The lecture series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership. It lasts through April 30, and all lectures are held in Room 124 of Pastore Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m.