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Forensic toxicologist to lecture at URI on Friday, Feb. 27

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 19, 2004 -- Nancy Haley, supervisor of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory at the Rhode Island Department of Health, will speak about drug analysis as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Feb. 27, 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.

In the lab, Haley examines and tests body fluids and tissues for substances, such as drugs and poisons, and she uses this information to see how their presence (or lack thereof) contributes to death. She has lectured as part of the series before, her most recent appearance being last March, with her speech, "Forensic Toxicology: A Rhode Island Perspective." She spoke of the emotional aspects of toxicology and some of the cases she has investigated.

A member of both the Society of Forensic Toxicologists and the American Academy of Forensic Science, Haley has been the co-author of articles in a variety of publications including the Journal of Forensic Sciences, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of Rhode Island Medicine.

She lectures regularly on the subject of toxicology at local colleges and universities as well as national associationsí annual meetings. She holds a master of science degree in pharmacology and toxicology from URI, and she attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. to receive training in quality assurance in laboratories.

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.