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Hurricane Sandy, science, and being human among topics of URI’s spring forensic seminar series

Media Contact: Dave Lavallee, 401-874-5862

KINGSTON, R.I. – February 5, 2013 – Hurricane Sandy, explosives, and firearms are just a few of the topics that will be presented at this spring’s Forensic Science Partnership Seminar Series at the University of Rhode Island.

The series allows students, faculty, staff, and the public a glimpse into some of the more specialized topics of forensic science, presented by experts in their field.

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

The complete schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 15, Susan Ballou, program manager of forensic science, National Institute for Standards and Technology, “Misinterpretation of the Science in Forensic Science by Just Being Human.”

• Feb. 22, John Drugan, senior forensic chemist of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Laboratory, “Explosive Analysis.”

• March 1, Ted Gatchel, Naval War College, “The Munroe Effect: Scientific Accident to Battlefield Success & Beyond.”

• March 8, Cyril Wecht, forensic pathologist, attorney, and medical-legal consultant, “Controversial & Complex Challenges for the Forensic Pathologist.”

• March 22, To be announced

• March 29, John Leo, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, “Hurricane Sandy Aftermaths.”

• April 5, Doug Klapec, The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “Case Studies with the ATF.”

• April 12, Russ Webster, federal preparedness coordinator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, “Understanding Disaster Psychology: Why Some Die and Others Don’t.”

• April 19, Robert Thompson, program manager of Forensic Data Systems, National Institute for Standards and Technology, “Firearm Identification in the Forensic Science Laboratory.”

• April 26, Maurice Marshall, United Kingdom Ministry of Defense, “Forensic of Explosions.”

This release was written by Rachel Donilon, a URI Marketing and Communications intern and a writing and rhetoric major.