URI presents forensic science experts during fall lecture series

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KINGSTON, R.I. – Sept. 5, 2014 – The police shooting and riots in Ferguson, Mo., street drugs, and Rhode Island’s last public execution are among the topics during the University of Rhode Island’s fall Forensic Science Seminar Series.


This series brings leading figures in several forensic science specialties to URI, and is free and open to the public.


The lectures take place on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in URI’s Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124.


The series speakers and their topics are as follows:


• Friday, Sept. 12, Victor Fay-Wolfe, professor of computer science and statistics and founder of URI’s Digital Forensics Center, “Cybersecurity.”


• Friday, Sept. 19, Robert Leuci, former New York Police Department narcotics detective, URI English department professor, “The French Connection Revisited.”


• Friday, Sept. 26, Robert Fitzpatrick, former Boston FBI agent and author of “Betrayal: Whitey Bulger and the FBI Agent Who Fought to Bring Him Down,” on the Bulger case and “The Police-Shooting Riots in Ferguson, Mo.”


• Friday, Oct. 3, Daniel Greenfield, professor of neuroscience, Seton Hall University, “The Madness of King George: Several Somatoforensic Cases.”


• Friday, Oct. 10, Steven O’Dell, Baltimore Police crime lab, “Civilian Crime Scene Analysts.”


• Friday, Oct. 17, John Jarrell, Materials Science Associates LLC, “Defective Products and Personal Injury.”


• Friday, Oct. 24, Debbie Surabian, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, “Soil Characteristics that Impact Clandestine Graves and the Use of Ground-Penetrating Radar.”


• Friday, Oct. 31, Elaine Pagliaro, project director, University of New Haven Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science, “Forensic Investigations.”


• Friday, Nov. 7, Sean Reddy, arson investigator, Providence Fire Prevention Bureau, “Arson Investigation With Canine.”


• Friday, Nov. 14, Barry Logan, national director of forensic and toxicological services, National Medical Services Laboratory, “Forensic Toxicology Trends.”


• Friday, Nov. 21, Gino Rebussini, professor of environmental science, Roger Williams University, “Street Drugs and the Forensic Laboratory.”


• Friday, Dec. 5, Mike DiLauro, director of training and legislation, Office of the Rhode Island Public Defender, “John Gordon: The Coldest Case in Rhode Island History.”