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URI’s Forensic Science Seminar Series

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 25, 2009 – “The Aerodynamics of a Dog’s Nose,” “Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Origin of the Species,” and “Weapons of Mass Destruction Agents” are among the topics of this fall’s University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series.

Now in its 11th year, the series has featured talks by world-renowned experts on such topics as the O.J. Simpson murder trial, the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., terrorism and computer forensics.

This year offers another chance for students, faculty and the general public to learn more about one of the hottest career options in the country and to learn how the experts figure out “who done it.”

Talks are held Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Kingston. They are all free and open to the public.

The schedule for the rest of the series is as follows:

• Oct. 2, Doug Ubelaker, a curator in the Division of Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, “Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology.”

• Oct. 9, Nathan Lewis, George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry, at the California Institute of Technology, “Explosive Detection.”

• Oct. 16, John Leo of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, “Investigation of Incidents Involving Hazardous Waste.”

Oct. 23, Stephen A. Batzer, director of the Engineering Institute, “Forensic Engineering Analysis of the Origin of the Species.”

Oct. 30, Guy Casarella, nuclear medical science officer, Rhode Island National Guard, “WMD Agents.”

Nov. 6, to be announced

Nov. 13, Gary Settles, distinguished professor of mechanical engineering, Pennsylvania State University, “The Aerodynamics of a Dog’s Nose.”

Nov. 20, Wade Myers, of the Brown Alpert Medical School, “Forensic Psychiatry.”

Dec. 4, Elaine Pagliaro, professor at Quinnipiac University, retired from the Connecticut State Forsenic Laboratory, “Cold Cases.”

Dec. 11, John Aherne, Department of Homeland Security, “Railroad Safety.”