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Canadian explosives expert to speak at URI Forensic Science Series on Dec. 3

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- November 23, 2004 -- David E.G. Jones, the director of the research and development group at the Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory in Ottawa, Ontario, will speak on explosives as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion will take place on Friday, Dec. 3, 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.

Under the direction of Jones, the laboratory works with commercial explosive manufacturers, mining companies, the defense industry, and government departments. The laboratory is the only Canadian government facility that deals with commercial explosives and equipment for use in hazardous locations.

Prior to his position at the Canadian Explosives Research Laboratory, Jones worked as a scientific officer with the Ontario Ministry of Environment and taught chemistry at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

His research interests include thermal properties of energetic materials, thermal behavior of aluminum nanopowder compositions, and thermal hazard assessments of explosives. He is a member of several professional organizations like the International Pyrotechnics Society, ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) International, and the North American Thermal Analysis Society for which he served as President in 2003.

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.