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Former R.I. medical examiner to lecture Oct. 10 about forensic pathology at URI seminar

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KINGSTON, R.I.- October 3, 2008- Rhode Island’s former chief medical examiner will discuss “Forensic Pathology in the Public Interest”, Friday, Oct. 10 at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar.

Medical examiner and Brown University professor, Elizabeth LaPosata’s lecture will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124, and is free and open to the public.

Laposata earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore in 1979. She has worked as an assistant medical examiner for the cities of St. Louis and Philadelphia, and the State of Delaware. From 1993 to 2005 she served as the chief medical examiner for the Rhode Island office of state medical examiners. Following the Station Nightclub Fire, she ran operations completing the autopsies and identification of 96 victims.

In 2003 the Rhode Island Commission on Women honored her as Woman of the Year and in 2004 she was selected as one of the top 25 public health figures in the country. She is a clinical associate professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Brown. Laposata also operates Forensic Pathology & Legal Medicine, Inc., a Providence-based independent medical consulting practice specializing in the analysis of cause, manner and circumstances of death.