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Fingerprint expert to speak at URI Forensic Seminar Feb. 18

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I -- February 15, 2005 -- Mark Zabinski, of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series on February 18.

His lecture, “The Morphology of Fingerprint Identification,” will take place 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.

Zabinski spent 12 of his 22 years with the Cranston Police Department in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. His duties at the station included crime scene investigation, fingerprint processing and identification, photography, collection and preservation of evidence, and supervision of the evidence room.

He also served on the Scientific Working Group for Friction Ridge Analysis Study and Technology for the past three years. The group is sponsored by the FBI and consists of fingerprint experts from the United States and Canada.

The International Association of Identification has certified Zabinski as a latent print examiner and crime scene analyst.

He is now working as a forensic consultant and professional photographer and is teaching at the State Crime Laboratory at URI.