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URI Forensic Science Partnership announces spring seminar series

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

From bombs to blood


KINGSTON, R.I. -- January 27, 2006 -- Date rape drugs, fingerprints and the insanity defense are among the topics for the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series.

The program starts today, Jan. 27, with Nancy Haley, formerly the supervisor of the Rhode Island Department of Health’s Forensic Toxicology Laboratory, who will discuss forensic toxicology. Haley retired in 2003 after 30 years as the supervisor of the toxicology lab.

All but one of the free public seminars are held on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124.

The next lecture, on Feb. 3, features Gino Rebussini, who recently retired from the health department’s forensics lab, discussing “Date Rape Drugs.”

The remaining schedule is:

Feb. 10, Dennis Hilliard, director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI and co-director of URI’s Forensic Science Partnership, “Physical Evidence.”

Feb. 17, Robert Hathaway, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and a firearms expert, “Firearms and Tool Marks.”

Monday. Feb. 20, Professor Joseph Almog, a forensic chemist with the Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Investigating Bomb Scenes.”

Feb. 24, Det. Patricia Cornell, of the Providence Police Department, “Crime Scene Investigations.”

March 3, Kevin Murphy, senior investigator for the Office of the Rhode Island State Fire Marshal,
“Arson Scene Investigation.”

March 10, Mark Zabinski, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory,
“Fingerprints.”

March 17, Spring Break

March 24, Virginia Maxell, Connecticut State Crime Laboratory, “Crime Scenes,
Glass, Paint and Soil.”

March 31, Robin Smith, criminalist in the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory,
“DNA.”

April 7, Walter Williams, a criminalist with the Warwick Police Department,
“Blood Spatter.”

April 14, Liz Ziolkowski, criminalist with the Boston Police Department Crime
Laboratory, “Blood Pattern.”

April 21, Dr. Dorota Latuszynski, interim chief medical examiner, Rhode Island
Department of Health, will discuss victim examinations.

April 28, Psychiatrist James Whalen, “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity.”