Forensics lecture: Solving national security problem with science

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KINGSTON, R.I.- March 3, 2009- The branch chief for Advanced Concepts within the Explosives Division at the Department of Homeland Security will discuss, “Using Science to Solve the National Security Problem” on Friday, March 6 at the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar.

Department of Homeland Security’s Doug Bauer will lecture from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124 and is free and open to the public.

Bauer will discuss research activities within the Explosives Division at the Department of Homeland Security. Explosives projects are organized under core research programs and projects under the Explosives Center of Excellence at URI and Northeastern University. This research supports improved explosives characterization, detection, response and mitigation. Bauer will also discuss how recent interest in the potential domestic threat of improvised explosive devices has motivated several research projects specifically focused on countering this threat. He will also answer questions regarding professional opportunities to work in this field.

Bauer has program management responsibility for a multi-million dollar program in explosives basic and applied research, homemade explosives, the next generation X-ray detection equipment, and counter improvised explosive devices. Bauer holds engineering degrees from Cornell University and Carnegie Mellon University, where he received his Ph.D. He also has a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and a theology degree from Virginia Theological Seminary. Bauer’s past endeavors include developing the explosives detection portfolio and technically advised radiological/nuclear detection programs, as well as supporting counter-terrorism projects at the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG), a government-wide partnership.