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URI explosives expert to lead web chat on Oct. 18

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Terrorism and explosives detection subject of talk

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 5, 2005 -- Renowned explosives expert Jimmie Oxley, a University of Rhode Island chemistry professor, will respond to questions about terrorism and explosives detection during a live web chat on Tuesday, Oct. 18 from 1 to 1:30 p.m. To submit a question, go to Participants may submit questions ahead of chat time. Oxley will respond to as many as possible within the 30 minutes timeframe.

She is frequently called upon to lend her expertise to high profile national and international incidences. Oxley’s expertise in peroxide explosives, for example, has made her much sought after by bomb squads since the bombings in London. She has also provided her expertise as a consultant for the hit TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Oxley found that chemicals used to make bombs remain in the hair of the explosives handlers. Furthermore, working with other researchers she found that ordinary gauze attached to the comb is an effective collection device.

Oxley was instrumental in the creation of an interdisciplinary, undergraduate forensics minor that is offered at URI. She is also the coordinator of the fall and spring forensics lecture series, which brings working forensics investigators to the Kingston campus.

She is a founding member of the Rhode Island Forensic Science Partnership, which provides some of the best scientific minds to fight crime. The partnership is a collaboration of the Rhode Island Crime Laboratory, which is based at the College of Pharmacy, URI faculty members in textiles, chemistry, chemical, electric, computer engineering, the state Department of Health, the state’s law enforcement community, and the insurance industry.

Oxley joined URI in 1993. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego; an master’s degree in chemistry from California State University, Northridge; and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of British Columbia.

Note: While participants may submit questions now, questions will not appear until the Web chat begins at the scheduled date and time. A full transcript will be posted at the conclusion of the chat. Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found at A full transcript will be posted at

Web chats are a feature of the URI Division of University Advancement electronic communications program. Questions? Contact the URI Publications Office, Alumni Center, 73 Upper College Road, Kingston, R.I. 02881. Phone: 401-874-2075.