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URI Forensic Seminar will be held twice a week during spring semester

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I.- February 7, 2012- Computer crime investigations, explosives and a lesson on investigative reporting from NBC 10 News’ Jim Taricani are just some of the themes that will be discussed during the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series during the spring semester.

According to Dennis Hilliard, director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “this twice-a-week schedule is a result of the criminalistics course being offered this semester. The course incorporates the seminar series as part of its requirements.”

The program provides a chance for students, faculty and the public to develop a better understanding of the methods used to solve and prevent crimes.

Seminars will be held every week on Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Kingston. All are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 8, Jim Smith, professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, “Analysis.”

• Feb. 10, Victor Fay-Wolfe, professor of computer science and statistics at the University of Rhode Island, “Computer Forensics.”

• Feb. 15, Mike Platek, lab manager of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, “Microscopy.”

• Feb. 17 and 22, Dr. Gino Rebussini, professor of environmental science at Roger Williams University, “Drugs.”

• Feb. 24, Walter Williams, criminalist from the Bureau of Criminal Identification Unit of the Warwick Police Department, “Blood Before the Laboratory.”

• Feb. 29, Amy Duhaime, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Hairs, Fibers, and Paint.”

• March 2 and 7, Dr. Virginia Maxwell, professor of chemistry and forensics at the University of New Haven, “Glass, Soil and other Trace.”

• March 9, Mark Zabinski, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Fingerprints.”

• March 21 and 23, Michael Nolan, certified fire investigator and senior fire analyst at NEFCO Fire Investigations, “Fire Investigation.”

• March 28, Jimmie Oxley, professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, “Explosives.”

• March 30, Wade C. Myers, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University professor and director of forensic psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry in Rhode Island Hospital, “Insanity Defense.”

• April 4, Mark Zabinski, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Fingerprints.”

• April 6 and 11, Cara Lupino, supervisor at the Rhode Island Department of Health forensic lab, “DNA/Forensic Biology.”

• April 13 and 18, Laurie Ogilvie, supervisor at the Rhode Island Department of Health forensic laboratory, “Forensic Toxicology.”

• April 20, Jim Streeter, owner and president of North East Forensics, LLC in Conn., “Questioned Documents.”

• April 25, John Killian, sergeant of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, “Computer Crime Investigation.”

• April 27, Jim Taricani, veteran, award winning investigative reporter for WJAR-TV, NBC 10, “Investigative Reporting.”


This press release was written by Victoria Antonelli, a journalism major interning in the Department of Communications and Marketing.