URI announces second half of forensic science lecture series

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KINGSTON, R.I. – March 31, 2011 – Lincoln’s assassination, terrorism and explosives are among the upcoming topics of the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science seminar series. The series gives students and the public an opportunity to learn more about specific topics regarding forensic science. Lectures are held Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 124 of Pastore hall, 51 Lower College Road, Kingston. They are free and open to the public.

The schedule is as follows:

• April 1, Kathleen Higgins, chief of stakeholder engagement – Department of Homeland Security and Skip Voorhees, terrorist explosive device analyzer – Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, “Interesting Things the Government is doing for the Community: Aiding the First Responders and Team Leader, Sterling Facility.”

• April 8, Daniel Dickerman, special agent – Internal Revenue Service, “IRS Investigations.”

• April 15, Frank Williams, retired chief justice – Rhode Island Supreme Court, “Lincoln Assassination in Law and Lore: An Examination of the Military Commission and Evidence.”

• April 22, Jeff Norwitz, director of national security initiatives – Sark Securities, Inc., “Terrorism.”

• April 29,Maurice Marshall, retired energetic materials and explosives consultant – Defence Science and Technology Laboratories, “Protecting Evidence: Forensic Analysis.”