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URI announces Forensic Spring Seminar lineup

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 2, 2010 – Fingerprints, arson, and homeland security are among the topics of this spring’s University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series.

The series offers an opportunity for students, faculty and the public to learn more about crime scene investigation, drug analysis, and toxicology featuring various experts, some from URI’s own crime lab.

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

The schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 5, Gino Rebussini, adjunct assistant professor – Roger Williams University, “Forensic Drugs Analysis.”
• Feb. 12, Amy Duhaime, criminalist III - Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI, “Hair, Fibers & Paint Analysis.”
• Feb. 19, Robin Smith, supervisor of forensic biology - Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratories, “Forensic Serology & DNA Analysis.”
• Feb. 26, Marc Genest, professor of strategy and policy - U.S. Naval War College, “Terrorism What Drives it & How to Fight it.”
• March 5, Yossi Almog, a forensic chemist - Casali Institute of Applied Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “Improvised Explosives in Israel.”
• March 12, Virginia Maxwell, associate professor of forensic science - University of New Haven, “Forensic Glass & Soil Analysis.”
• March 19, Spring Break, no seminars
• March 26, Mark Zabinski, criminalist - Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Fingerprints.”
• April 2, William McCombe, security director - Block Island Ferry, “What Can be Done.”
• April 9, Ron Kelly, forensic analyst - FBI, “Arson.”
• April 16, Walt Williams, civilian criminalist - Warwick Police Department, “Blood Before the Lab.”
• April 23, Robin Smith, , supervisor of forensic biology - Rhode Island Department of Health Laboratories, “Forensic Toxicology.”
• April 30, Dr. Starnes Walker, director of research - Department of Homeland Security, “Forensic Science Integration in DHS.”