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URI Forensic Science Seminar Series adjusts schedule following class cancellation Jan. 16

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-2116

Jan 30 is the only change

KINGSTON, R.I. – January 23, 2004 – The University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership has revised its seminar series schedule for the spring semester because of the cancellation of classes on Friday, Jan. 16.

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

The new schedule of speakers and their topics follow:
o Jan. 23, Elaine Pagliaro, Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, crime laboratory overview
o Jan. 30, Gino Rebussini, of the Rhode Island Department of Health laboratory, clandestine laboratory investigations. Rebussini had originally been scheduled to speak Jan. 16.
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 science—blood 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 scent—cold 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.