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Chemistry at the U.S. Secret Service topic of URI Forensic Science Series on Oct. 15

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 12, 2004 -- Bill Deso, a senior chemist with the Secret Service, will speak on “chemistry at the United States Secret Service” as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Oct. 15, 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. Refreshments will be served prior to the start of the discussion.

Deso will focus on the applications of chemical technology used by the Technical Security Division of the agency. He will also explain the history of the Secret Service and its mission to not only protect the president and other heads of state, but also to investigate the violations of laws relating to counterfeiting and other criminal activity.

Deso is the chief of the Engineering and Science Research and Development branch of the agency. Prior to this position, he worked for the Naval Intelligence Support Center as a chemist and analyst. He has worked for the Technical Security Division of the Secret Service since Jan. 1990.

His professional interests include chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive detection, mitigation, and countermeasures.

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.