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URI Forensic Science Seminar Series kicks off spring semester program Friday, Jan. 16

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Series features experts on aspects of O.J. Simpson case, King assassination

KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 14, 2004 -- The University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership launches its seminar series for the spring semester on Friday, Jan. 16 with a scientist from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

The series, now held on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. through April 30, is free and open to the public. All lectures will be given in Pastore Hall, Room 124.

The schedule of speakers and their topics follow:
o Jan. 16, Gino Rebussini, clandestine laboratory investigations
o Jan. 23, Elaine Pagliaro, Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, crime laboratory overview
o Jan. 30, Robert Hathaway, Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI, firearms and tool markings. Hathaway and the State Crime Lab gained international attention as Hathaway lead an investigation into the weapon used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.
o Feb. 6, Otto Gregory, URI professor of chemical engineering, the microscope as a forensic tool
o Feb. 13, Providence Police Det. Patricia Cornell, crime scene investigation
o Feb. 20, Tom Thurman of Eastern Kentucky University, explosion scene investigation and PanAm flight 103
o Feb. 27, Nancy Haley, of the R.I. Department of Health, drug analysis
o March 5, Mark Zabinski, retired Cranston Police detective, fingerprint analysis
o March 12, spring break
o March 19, Virginia Maxwell, Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, forensic analysis of paint, glass and soil
o March 26, URI graduate Herb MacDonell, called the father of blood spatter analysis who testified in the O.J. Simpson case, applied forensic scienceóblood spatter analysis
o April 2, John Lentini, of Applied Technical Services, investigating fire scenes
o April 9, Robin Smith, of the Rhode Island Department of Health, DNA-- scientific and legal issues
o April 16, Jeff Morrow, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, tracking the cold scentócold case investigations
o April 23, Gregg Mokrzycki of the FBI, analysis of document fraud
o April 30, Kathleen Canning of the FBI, violent crimes against children and profiling.