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FDA scientist to discuss food chemistry at URI Forensic Science Series on Nov. 5

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I.—November 1, 2004—Mark Witkowski, a chemist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will speak about his experiences with forensic science in a speech entitled “food chemistry” as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place Friday, Nov. 5, 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 lecture.

Witkowski is the team leader of the organic branch of the vibrational spectroscopy laboratory at the FDA Forensic Chemistry Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Vibrational spectroscopy is used to separate and identify the components of mixtures in chemical substances. His duties include performing FT-IR Raman and micro-analytical analysis of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and tampered food and pharmaceutical products. He has worked for the center since 2000.

Prior to his position with the FDA, Witkowski worked for Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Corp. where he developed methods of forensic analysis and detection of counterfeit chemical compounds in medications.

His research interests include developing methods of detection for counterfeit products and packaging; analysis of the chemical characterization of controlled substances; and developing methods of detection for tampered drug and food products.

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