Drugs, toxicology, airline terrorism are among topics of URI’s spring semester forensic series

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Kingston, R.I. – January 31, 2014—Those who can’t get enough forensic science knowledge will want to be at the University of Rhode Island this spring semester for the University’s spring forensic series.

That’s because the Forensic Science Seminar Series is offering lectures on Wednesdays and Fridays. All events are free and open to the public, but the Wednesday lectures will be of a more technical and professional nature and the Friday talks will be geared to the general public.

The talks are held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, Room 124, 45 Upper College Road.

The schedule is as follows:

• Friday, Jan 31, Ted Schwartz, of the Westchester, (N.Y.) Forensic Laboratory, ”The use and significance of trace and impression evidence.”

• Wednesday, Feb 5, Victor Fay-Wolfe, professor of Computer Science and Statistics and founder of URI’s Digital Forensics Center, “Computer Forensics.“

• Friday, Feb. 7 and Wednesday, Feb. 12, Cara Lupino, forensic biology and DNA supervisor at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s forensic laboratory, “DNA in Crime Investigations.“

• Friday, Feb. 14 and Wednesday, Feb. 19, Gino Rebussini, adjunct professor of Environmental Science at Roger Williams University, “Drugs and their Effects.”

• Friday, Feb. 21 and Wednesday Feb. 26, Laurie Ogilvie, toxicology supervisor at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s forensic laboratory, “Forensic Toxicology.”

• Feb 28, Investigative law expert, Marc Tobias, ”Locks and Lie Detectors as well as Investigations from the Perspective of a Lawyer.”

• Wednesday, March 5, Rhode Island State Fire Marshal investigator Bruce Quinn, “Arson Investigations.”

• Friday, March 7, Tom Thurman, retired FBI agent and professor at Eastern Kentucky University, “The Downing of Pan Am Flight 103.”

• Wednesday, March 19, Jane Northup, criminalist and quality assurance officer at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Court Testimony in Criminal Cases.”

• Wednesday, March 26, Mark Zabinski, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Fingerprints.”

• Friday, March 28 and Wednesday, April 2, Virginia Maxwell, professor of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven, ”Glass and Soil Analysis.”

• Friday, April 4, Elayne Schwartz of the Westchester (N.Y.) Forensic Laboratory, “DNA Analysis.”

• Wednesday, April 9, Judy Carroll, a grants and contracts specialist at the College of Pharmacy, URI, “Ethics.”

• Friday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 16, Donna Brandelli of the Torrance (Calif.) Police Department (retired), “Crime Scene Analysis.”

• Friday, April 18 and Wednesday, April 23, Kim Freeland, criminalist at the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory, “Trace Evidence.”

• Friday, April 25, Karen Lynch, forensic scientist at the Rhode Island Department of Health’s forensic biology laboratory, ”The Importance of CODIS , Combined DNA Index System.”

Updates to the schedule can be found at Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory or Department of Chemistry Forensic Science Partnership.

This press release was written by Sylvia Bogusz, a Communication Studies and Italian double major interning in the Department of Marketing and Communications.