URI Forensic Science seminar Feb. 20

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KINGSTON, R.I.-February 17, 2009 – Homeland security based on Israel’s experience will be the topic of the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Friday, Feb. 20.

Amit Gavish will speak on “Homeland Security, Lessons Learned from Israel,” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 124 of Pastore Hall, located at 51 Lower College Road, Kingston.

Gavish is managing director of corporate intelligence and investigation for SSC Intelligence a firm based in Shelton, Conn. that provides security consulting, implementation, and investigative services for clients that range in size from local businesses to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.

For 12 years, Gavish served as deputy director of security in the Office of the President of Israel. In addition, Gavish has served as a staff sergeant in Israel’s Defense Forces infantry. Because of his experience, Gavish is a recognized expert on counter-terrorism.

Gavish also has experience working as a research assistant at Harvard University where he conducted research on radical Islamic groups, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and Persian Gulf security concerns. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Contemporary Middle Eastern and International Relations studies from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.