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Fire scene investigator to speak at URI on Friday, April 2

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 29, 2004 -- John Lentini, manager of fire investigations at Applied Technical Services in Marietta, Ga., will speak about "investigating fire scenes" as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, April 2, 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.

As a fire scene investigator, Lentini is trained to locate a fire’s point of origin, determine the presence of flammable liquids or explosives, and provide expert testimony in court. Since 1975, he has testified in more than 200 cases in civil and criminal court, and he has worked on more than 2,000 fire origin and arson investigations.

In addition to his duties at ATS, he is the chairman of a National Association of Fire Investigators’ committee on forensic science. The committee develops standards related to the collection and preservation of evidence and the preparation of laboratory reports.

He is also a member of the National Fire Protection Association Technology Committee on Fire Investigations, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, and conducts reviews for the U.S. Department of Justice, NIJ-Office of Science and Technology. He is also a certified fellow of the American Board of Criminalistics with a specialty in fire debris analysis.

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership. It lasts through April 30, all lectures are held in Room124 of Pastore Hall from 3:30 to 5 p.m.