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Director of Henry C. Lee Institute to speak at URI Forensic Science Series on Feb. 4

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 28, 2005 -- Dr. Albert B. Harper, director of the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, will speak on the role of forensic anthropologists in law enforcement as part of the Forensic Science Seminar Series offered by the University of Rhode Island.

The discussion,“Recovery and Identification of Human Remains,” will take place on Friday, Feb. 4, 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.

Harper has been the consultant in forensic anthropology for the State of Connecticut since 1972. Forensic anthropologists like Harper assist law enforcement agencies by helping to recover and carefully remove remains to preserve potential evidence. They also work with the medical examiner’s office to help identify the age, sex, ethnic background, and other identifying characteristics of the person.

In addition to his work as a forensic anthropologist, Harper is also a practicing attorney specializing in criminal litigation.

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 May 6.