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Forensic anthropology topic of URI Forensic Science Series on Oct. 8

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 5, 2004 -- Ann Marie Mires, the director of the Human Identification Unit with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Massachusetts, will speak about forensic anthropology as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall on the Kingston campus. The lecture is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served prior to the start of the discussion.

Mires, who is a forensic anthropologist, uses advanced technology to identify remains found at crime scenes and computer animation software to produce images of what the body may have looked like alive. She also studies the skeletal structure of the remains to help investigators find the gender, age range, and physical traits of the victim. Mires has worked on some of the most high profile cases in Massachusetts, including the discovery of Molly Bish, the 16-year-old lifeguard whose disappearance from a Warren pond garnered national attention.

A published scholar and noted lecturer, she is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American Anthropological Association, and the Medical Anthropological Association.

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is a semester-long program offered by the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership. The series, which is in its fifth year, lasts through Dec. 10.