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URI Forensic Science Seminar Series to continue with “Firearms and Tool Marks” lecture Feb. 17

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KINGSTON, R.I. -- February 13, 2006 -- Robert Hathaway, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and a firearms expert, will continue the University of Rhode Island’s spring Forensic Science Seminar Series with his lecture, “Firearms and Tool Marks,” on Friday, Feb. 17. The event, free and open to the public, will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, room 124.

He lectures to law enforcement and community groups about the function of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, located at URI. His specialty is firearms and tool mark examinations. A Vernon, Conn. resident and a graduate of Manchester Community College in Manchester, Conn., Hathaway has worked on several high profile cases of national interest, including the re-examination of firearm evidence in the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Additionally, Hathaway is a retired Connecticut state trooper who served on the force for more than 21 years. He has trained with the New York City Police Department Firearms Lab, The Connecticut State Police Firearms Section of the Forensic Laboratory, and has attended specialized schooling conducted by the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va.

NOTE TO EDITORS: A criminalist uses techniques from the physical sciences and psychology to solve problems of criminal identification. A criminologist employs a scientific perspective to study crime as a social phenomenon, investigation of criminals and penal treatment. Hathaway is a criminalist.