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Former detective to speak on fingerprint analysis

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 27, 2004 -- Retired Cranston Police Det. Mark Zabinski will speak about fingerprint analysis as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, March 5, 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.

A 22-year veteran of the Cranston police force, the former crime scene investigator is a specialist in friction ridge individualization, more commonly known as fingerprint identification. He is a certified latent print examiner by the International Association for Identification.
In his talk, Zabinski will discuss and explain the science and validity of fingerprint identification.

At URI last year, he discussed "Advances in Latent Print Development," during which he stressed the variety and uniqueness in fingerprints. "No one, not even identical twins have the same prints," he said.

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.