URI’s Forensic Science Seminar Series under way for spring semester

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KINGSTON, R.I.- February 2, 2009 – The closing of Guantanamo Bay, homeland security in Israel, and responding to explosive incidents in public transportation are among the topics for the University of Rhode Island Spring Forensic Science Seminar Series.

All seminar lectures are held Fridays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Pastore Hall, 51 Lower College Road, Room 124, and are free and open to the public. Here is the schedule:

• Feb. 6—“Challenges in Protecting and Responding to Explosive Incidents in Mass Transit Emergency Operations,” Chris Tuttle, emergency operations manager of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

• Feb. 13—“Readiness for Acts of Terrorism,” Peter Ginaitt, director of emergency preparedness at LifeSpan.

• Feb. 20—“Homeland Security, Lessons Learned from Israel,” Amit Gavish, managing director, corporate intelligence and investigation, SSC Intelligence, a firm that provides security consulting, implementation and investigative services within complex and sensitive business environments.

• Feb. 27—“Computer Forensics,” Victor Fay-Wolfe, URI professor of computer science and statistics.

• March 6—“Using Science to Solve the National Security Problem,” Doug Bauer, Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology.

• March 13—“High Security Facilities: Why Locks and Access Control May Not Protect Them,” Marc Weber Tobias of the Investigative Law Offices, of Sioux Falls, S.D.

• March 20, Spring Break, no lecture.

• March 27—“Closing Guantanamo: What Comes Next,” Jeffrey Norwitz of the Naval War College, National Security Studies.

• April 3—“Conspiracy Theories, Trace Evidence in the Martin Luther King Case,” Robert Hathaway, criminalist and firearms expert with the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory at URI.

• April 10—“A Prosecutor’s Views,” Stacey Veroni, Rhode Island assistant attorney general.

• April 17—“Distance Forensics to Support the New World,” Carl Selavka, retired head of the Massachusetts State Forensics Lab.

• April 24—“Importance of Trace and Impression Evidence,” Ted Schwartz, of the Westchester County Forensic Laboratory.