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URIís forensic seminar continues with bloodstain presentation, April 1

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 28, 2005 -- Don Housman, supervisor of the Forensic Consultant Unit, Death Investigations, with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service in Washington D.C., will speak at the University of Rhode Islandís Forensic Science Seminar Series on Friday, April 1.

Housmanís presentation, ďThe Use of Bloodstains to Reconstruct Crime Scenes,Ē will be held 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.

Housman will give a brief history of bloodstain analysis discussing techniques and advancements over the past century. Also, the physical characteristics of individual bloodstains will be analyzed to explain what information can be drawn from specific patterns and shapes. Other topics will be: what bloodstains tell, why bloodstain analysis works, the difference between low, medium and high energy bloodstains and the methods used to document bloodstains.

Housman has his bachelor of science in criminology from Indiana State University and his masterís of forensic science from The George Washington University. He has spent 15 years in law enforcement, both with the FBI and NCIS. He spent five years reviewing death investigations for NCIS.