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 100, the Victor J.Baxt Lecture Hall, from 3:30 - 5:00 PM.


Spring 2017
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
25-JanJimmie OxleyIntroductionURI Chemistry
27-JanMark TobiasThe Security Threat from 3D Printing & Scanning TechnologyAttorney
1-FebGerald KaganWorking at the NYPD Forensic LabURI Chemistry
3-FebVirginia MaxwellGlass and Soil EvidenceU New Haven
8-FebGino RebussiniStreet DrugsRI Forensic Lab (retired)
10-FebJames CliftCrime Scene Processing in the CityBCI Detective Providence PD
15-FebGino RebussiniClan Lab DrugsRI Forensic Lab (retired)
17-FebTim KupferschmidThe Medical Examiner--Challenges for Today & TomorrowDirector NYC OCME
22-FebJane NorthupQuality & Lab Safety in ForensicsRI State Crime Lab
24-FebTim WhiteNew England La Cosa NostraWPRI TV Investigative Reporter
1-MarNeil ClappertonFirearms & Tool MarksRI State Crime Lab
3-MarBarbara CostelloThe Role of Friends in Crime and ConformityURI Professor, Sociology
8-MarCara LupinoDNARI Forensic Lab (retired)
10-MarJack LevinMass & Serial MurdersAuthor
13-MarSpring Break
22-MarLaurie OgilvieForensic Toxicology RI Dept. of Health Forensic Toxicology Laboratory
24-MarElaine PagliaroPost-Conviction ForensicsCT State Forensic Lab (retired)
29-MarWalt WilliamsCrime ScenesWarwick Police
31-MarJudith CrowellDefending the GuiltyAttorney
5-AprMark ZabinskiFingerprintsRI State Crime Lab
7-AprRoderick KennedyForensic Science: Judicial Gate Keeping Judge (retired)
12-AprStudent Presentations (25 minutes)
14-AprRobert FosterForensic Science in Chemical Weapons DisposalAttorney
19-AprStudent Presentations (25 minutes)
21-AprDon HayesThe Boston Strangler Case RevistedDirector Boston PD Forensic Lab
26-AprStudent Presentations (25 minutes)
28-AprMaurice MarshallRunning a Large Forensic Explosive LabDefense Science & Technology Lab (retired)
Fall 2016
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
9-SepJimmie OxleyForensic Science: An OverviewURI Chemistry
16-SepRobin CottonForensic DNA Testing: Current Methods and ChallengesBoston University
23-SepEric GahaganHandling Bomb ThreatsOPS15
30-SepMark LinhardAccelerant & Electronic Storage Detection Canine TrainingCT State Police K9 Unit
7-OctMarcela NajarroNIST Trace Contraband Detection ProgramNational Institute of Standards and Technology
14-OctMichael SigmanValidating Forensic Inference: A Likelihood Ratio ApproachUniversity of Central Florida
21-OctAl HazenThe Various Forensic Sciences Used in Solving Criminal CasesInspector General (retired)/
St. Joseph University
28-OctDan GreenfieldForensic Psychiatry in a NutshellSeton Hall University
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
4-NovDoug KlapecCase Studies from the ATF Forensic Science LaboratoryBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
18-NovEd PierceLaw Enforcement Issues with Non-Traditional GroupsWarwick Police Dep. (retired)
2-DecMelissa TaylorHuman Factors and Forensic Science: Understanding Human Error NatureNational Institute of Standards and Technology
9-DecVincent DesiderioPostal Forensics: Using Science to Protect the US Postal Service & Its CustomersUS Postal Inspection Service

Past Seminars


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