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URI Forensic Science Partnership announces speaker change for Friday seminar

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 25, 2004 -- Due to an unforeseen court appearance on Friday, March 26, Herb MacDonell, the "father of blood spatter analysis," will not be speaking at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series this Friday.

Instead, Jeff Morrow, of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), will speak on cold case investigations. Morrow’s lecture will take place on Friday, from 3:30-5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

MacDonell will take Morrow’s original slot on Friday, April 16.
A native of Tiverton, R.I., Special Agent Morrow began his career with Naval Criminal Investigative Service in 1982 at the Bremerton and Bangor, Wash. offices. In 1986, he transferred to NCIS Headquarters where he was assigned to the Counterintelligence Directorate. He was later promoted to Squad Leader of the NCIS National Capital Region, Counterespionage Regional Element where he was responsible for operations in the Washington, DC area.

In 1990, Morrow transferred to Newport, R.I., and was soon promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in charge of Counterintelligence, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, New England Field Office. In 1994, he transferred to Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, where he was responsible for the oversight of NCIS criminal investigations and counterintelligence operations throughout the Caribbean.

In 1997 he returned to Newport, and was assigned to the NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit in October 2001.

Special Agent Morrow is a 2003 winner of the National Association of Police Organizations Top Cop award, and a 2003 winner of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Group Achievement award for his efforts in connection with the resolution of the 1983 murder of Navy Chief Petty Officer Sonny Grotten in Belfast, Maine.

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.