Explosives, terrorism and FBI investigations among topics of URI’s fall forensic seminar series

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KINGSTON, R.I. – September 16, 2015 — Lovers of chemistry, criminalistics or any one of the many crime shows that dominate TV lineups will delight in this semester’s University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Series, which features talks by FBI agents, engineers, professors and retired members of the military and police.

The talks will be held Fridays from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124 on URI’s Kingston campus. All talks are free and open to the public.

The seminar schedule is as follows:

Friday, Sept. 18, Ray Handel, operations officer at the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine, “Characteristics of Chemical Explosives.”

Friday, Sept. 25, John R. Hobbs, owner of Hobbs Consulting, “Airport Explosives Detection: History, Airplane Bombings and Future Responses.”

Friday, Oct. 2, Dr. Daniel P. Greenfield, psychiatrist and professor of neuroscience at Seton Hall University, “Forensic Psychiatry in a Nutshell.”

Friday, Oct. 9, Anthony Amore, who earned his bachelor’s degree from URI in English, director of security at the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum, “81 Minutes: The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist.”

Friday, Oct. 16, Alan Hazen, president of the Hazen Research and Consultant Group, “Terrorist Investigations – Tale of the Dinosaur.”

Friday, Oct. 23, Robert Leuci, retired police officer, author and part-time lecturer at URI, “Is It Time to Change Our Approach to Drug Enforcement?”

Friday, Oct. 30, John Wojtowicz, senior engineer at the U.S. Department of Transportation, “Transportation Innovation – Is It Worth the Risk?”

Friday, Nov. 6, Steven Burmeister, vice president of Austin Powder Special Products LLC and retired FBI agent, “How to Manage Terrorist Events.”

Friday, Nov. 13, Elizabeth Rosato, Providence FBI resident agent, “FBI Response Teams – Evidence Collection for the FBI.”

Friday, Nov. 20, Amber Kasbeer, engineer at the Transportation Security Administration and the Air Force Reserve, “Understanding and Managing the Forensics of Improvised Explosive Devices.”

Friday, Dec. 4, Brian Dolph, maritime weapons of mass destruction and law enforcement project manager for the United States Coast Guard, “U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center…No Cookie-Cutter Job Here!”


Emma Clarke, an intern in the department of marketing and communications and a public relations major, wrote this release.