URI Forensic Seminar Series to address sudden death response, search dogs, and heroin to fentanyl

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KINGSTON, R.I. – January 29, 2018 – Addressing sudden death response, search dogs, and a drug user’s journey from heroin to fentanyl, are among the topics that will be explored during the University of Rhode Island’s Forensic Science Seminar Series for spring 2018.

On Fridays, from Feb. 2 to April 27., the seminars will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Room 100 of the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road. All seminars are free and open to the public. The speakers and their topics are:

Feb. 2: Paul Souza, executive board member of New England Division IAI, deputy sheriff at Plymouth County Sheriff Department, “Sudden Death Scene Response”

Feb. 9: Michael Jagoda, URI alumnus, URI Police major, “Critical Response to an Active Aggressor”

Feb. 16: Stephen Dambruch, U.S Attorney for Rhode Island, “Prosecutor’s Role in the Criminal Justice System”

Feb. 23: Matt Zarrella, Rhode Island State Police, creator of the first K-9 Search & Rescue standards for the state of Rhode Island, “Search Dogs”

Mar. 2: Louis Marchetti, Rhode Island Department of Health, “Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats”

Mar. 9: Robert Buco, director of solutions strategy, Waters Corp., “Matrix Effects & Matrix Affects: Impact of Sample on Analysis of THC & Metabolites”

Mar. 23: Alicia Wilcox, certified law enforcement instructor at Maine Criminal Justice Academy, Husson University, “Factors Influencing Juror’s Interpretation”

Mar. 30: Augustus Way Fountain, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Combat Forensics, “Development of Tools for Identification of Bad Actors”

Apr. 6: Thomas Blackwell, U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency-Northeast Laboratory, “From Heroin to Fentanyl- How’d We get Here?”

Apr. 13: Samara Viner-Brown, chief of data and evaluation at Rhode Island Department of Health, “Violent Death Reporting”

Apr. 20: To be announced

Apr. 27: Kirk Yeager, FBI’s chief bomb expert, “The Tao of the Bomb”

Joshua Reyes, an intern in the University’s Department of Marketing and Communication and a public relations major, wrote this release.