URI forensic seminar, Feb. 9

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KINGSTON, R.I. – February 1, 2007 – The director of the Forensic Science Initiative at West Virginia University and former FBI scientist will speak at the University of Rhode Island Forensic Science Seminar Friday, Feb. 9 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to be held in Pastore Hall, Room 124. The lecture and is free and open to the public.

Max Houck’s talk, entitled “Trace Evidence Analysis,” will cover how forensics is used in tracing evidence to solve a crime.

Houck’s program at West Virginia helps develop research and professional training for forensic scientists and professionals in related fields. It exposes students to cutting-edge research experiences and up-to-the-minute technologies to help fight crime. Houck has helped it become a top major at the University growing from four graduates to more than 400 since beginning his work there in 2002. Prior to working for West Virginia, Houck was a scientist in the FBI crime lab in Washington D.C. from 1992 to 2001.

Houck is a graduate of Michigan State University and a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He has co-authored and edited a book of forensic case reviews, entitled Mute Witnesses.