FBI explosives expert to speak at URI Forensic Science Seminar, Nov. 4

KINGSTON, R.I. — October 27, 2005 — Kirk Yeager, a member of the FBI explosives unit, will lead the next session of the Forensic Science Seminar series at the University of Rhode Island.

Yeager’s lecture, “The Post-Blast Scene: Big Cases, Big Headaches,” will take place Nov. 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124. It is free and open to the public.

His lecture will address crime scenes where explosives have been used. He will discuss the flow of evidence from the crime scene through processing at the FBI. Several case studies will be discussed to illustrate the methods of solving bomb cases.

Yeager earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Lafayette College and a doctorate in inorganic chemistry from Cornell University. Following graduation, he completed a post-doctoral appointment under the direction of Jimmie Oxley at New Mexico Tech laboratories. Oxley is now professor of chemistry at URI and co-director of the Forensic Science Partnership.

Yeager formerly served as associate director of research and development at New Mexico Tech’s Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center. He is currently working with the FBI explosives unit as a forensic examiner.