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 Pastore 124 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM.


Fall 2014
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
12-SepVictor Fay-WolfeCyber SecurityURI Comuter Science Department
19-SepRobert LeuciThe French Connection RevisitedNYPD (ret) URI English Department
26-SepRobert FitzpatrickBulger et. al.FBI (ret)
3-OctDaniel GreenfieldThe Madness of King George: Several Somatoforensic CasesSeton Hall University
10-OctSteven O'DellCivilian Crime Scene AnalystsBaltimore PD Crime Lab
17-OctJohn JarrellDefective Products and Personal InjuryMaterials Science Associates, LLC
24-OctDebbie SurabianSoil Characteristics that Impact Clandestine Graves & the Use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
31-OctElaine PagliaroForensic InvestigationsUniversity of New Haven
7-NovSean ReddyArson Investigations w/CanineProvidence Fire Prevention Bureau
14-NovBarry LoganForensic Toxicology TrendsNational Medical Services Laboratories
21-NovGino RebussiniStreet Drugs & the Forensic LaboratoryRoger Williams University
28-NovThanksgiving Holiday
5-DecMike DiLauroJohn Gordon: The Coldest Case in Rhode IslandRI Office of the Public Defender
Spring 2014
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
24-JanDennis HilliardIntroduction to ForensicsR.I. State Crime Lab
29-JanMike PlatekMicroscopyURI, Engineering
31-JanTed SchwartzTrace Evidence & Scene ReconstructionWestchester NY Forensic Lab
5-FebVictor Fey WolfeComputer ForensicsURI Computer Science
7-FebCara Lupino DNARI Forensic Lab
12-FebCara Lupino DNARI Forensic Lab
14-FebGino RebussiniDrugsRI Forensic Lab (ret)
19-FebGino RebussiniDrugsRI Forensic Lab (ret)
21-FebLaurie OgilvieForensic ToxicologyRI Forensic Lab
26-FebLaurie OgilvieForensic ToxicologyRI Forensic Lab
28-FebMarc TobiasLocks & Lie DetectorInvestigative Law Offices (SD)
5-MarBruce QuinnArson InvestigationRI State Fire Marshal
7-MarTom ThurmanPan Am Flight 103Eastern Kentucky University
19-MarJane NorthupCourt TestimonyRI State Crime Lab
21-MarMark ZabinskiFingerprintsRI State Crime Lab
26-MarMark ZabinskiFingerprintsRI Crime Lab
28-MarVirginia MaxwellGlass & SoilUniversity of New Haven
2-AprDr. Virginia MaxwellGlass & SoilURI College of Pharmacy
4-AprElayne SchwartzDNAWestchester NY Forensic Lab
9-AprJudy CarrollEthicsURI College of Pharmacy
11-AprDonna BrandelliCrime SceneTorrance, CA PD Lab
16-AprDonna BrandelliCrime SceneTorrance, CA PD Lab (ret)
18-AprKim Freeland TraceRI State Crime Lab
23-AprKim Freeland TraceRI State Crime Lab
25-AprKaren LynchCODISRI Forensic Lab

Past Seminars


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