Seminar Series

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is offered each semester by the Forensic Science Partnership. Speakers represent the many different specialized areas of forensic science. The speakers present their real-life experience in their field. Seminars are offered for credit, but are also open to the public at no cost. Take a look at this semester's lineup! All seminars will be held on Fridays in the new Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences building: Beaupre 105, from 3:30 - 5:00 PM.


Some past seminars have been videorecorded. To view these, click an underlined Topic below.

Spring 2018
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
26-JanBill QuallsDow Chemical Explosion-Case StudyMass State Police/Bomb Squad
2-FebPaul SouzaSudden Death Scene ResponseSheriff Dept, Plymouth County (MA)
9-FebMike JagodaCritical Response to an Active AggressorURI Police
16-FebStephen DambruchProsecutor's Role in the Criminal Justice SystemUS Attorney RI
23-FebMatt ZarrellaSearch DogsRI State Police
2-MarLouis MarchettiLaboratory Response Network for Chemical ThreatsRI Dept Health-Chemical Terrorism Response
9-MarRobert BucoMatrix Effects & Matrix Affects- Impact of Sample on Analysis of THC & MetabolitesWaters
23-MarSamara Viner-BrownUnderstanding and Preventing Violent DeathRI Dept of Health
30-MarWay FountainCombat Forensics: Development of Tools for Identification of Bad ActorsEdgewood Chemical Biological Center
6-AprThomas BlackwellFrom Heroin to Fentanyl- How'd We get Here?Drug Enforcement Agency-Northeast Lab
13-AprAlicia WilcoxFactor's Influencing Juror's InterpretationHusson University
20-AprMichael J. SmithA Day In The Life of CBP/Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) State of the ProgramNY Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Field Office JFK Airport
27-AprKirk YeagerThe Tao of the BombFBI Chief Bomb Unit
Fall 2017
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
8-SepDennis HilliardCSI@URIRI State Crime Lab
15-SepEric GahaganExtreme ForensicsMass Bomb Squad (ret)
22-SepPriya Banerjee Overview of Death Investigation and Forensic PathologyRI Medical Examiner
29-SepKen Zercie The Crime Scene: Where Forensic Science StartsCT State Crim Lab (ret)
6-OctSean Boyce The Pony ExpressUS Postal Inspector
13-OctDanny Sendroff Facial Recognition & Machine-Readable Zone of Identity DocumentsSenior Special Agent ICE
20-OctBob Hathaway Firearms & Tool Marks: The Martin Luther King CaseRI State Crime Lab (ret)
27-OctJack Levin Extreme Killing: Understanding Serial and Mass MurderAuthor
3-Nov Lt Colonel Gregory BannerWhy Halifax sends a Christmas Tree to Boston Annually--the 100th AnniversaryUS Army (retired)
10-NovDan GreenfieldThe Great American Opioid ExplosionAlbert Einstein College of Medicine
17-NovTim WhiteOrganized Crime in New England & the Great Bonded Vault HeistWPRI
1-DecSteven MedeirosA Day in the Life of an FBI AgentFBI
8-DecRay HandelCharacteristics of Chemical ExplosivesCenter for Disaster & Human Assistance Medicine (CDHAM)

Past Seminars


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