Seminar Series

The Forensic Science Seminar Series is offered each semester by the Forensic Science Partnership. Speakers representing the many different specialized areas of forensic science are brought in to present their real-life experience in their fields. Seminars are offered at no cost and are open to the public. Refreshments are provided. Take a look at this semester's lineup! All seminars will be held in Pastore 124 from 3:30 - 5:00 PM on the following Fridays.


Fall 2009
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
18-Sept Tom Groff Bomb Squad as a Job RI State Bomb Squad
25-Sept John Kerwick Training Bomb Detection Canines NY City MTA Police
2-Oct Doug Ubelaker Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology Smithsonian Institute
9-Oct Nate Lewis Explosive Detection Caltech
16-Oct John Leo Investigation of Incidents involving Hazardous Waste RI Dept of Environmental Management
23-Oct Steve Batzer Forensic Engineering Analysis of The Origin of the Species Engineering Institute
30-Oct Guy Casarella WMD Agents Nuclear Medical Sci Off, RI Nat. Guard
6-Nov TBA
13-Nov Gary Settles The Aerodynamics of a Dog's Nose Pennsylvania State U
20-Nov Wade Myers Forensic psychiatry Brown Medical School
4-Dec Elaine Pagliaro Cold Cases
11-Dec John Aherne Railroad Safety DHS


Spring 2009
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
23-Jan Jimmie Oxley Introduction URI, Chemistry
30-Jan Lawrence Kobilinsky Forensic DNA Analysis-The Gold Standard John Jay College, Forensic Science
6-Feb Chris Tuttle Challenge in Protecting & Responding to Explosive Incident in Mass Transit Emergency Operations at Port Authority of NY & NJ Public Safety Department
13-Feb Peter Ginaitt Readiness of Terrorism Acts LifeSpan
20-Feb Amit Gavish Homeland Security-Lessons Learned from Israel SSC Intel
27-Feb Victor Fay-Wolfe Computer Forensics URI, Computer Science
6-Mar Doug Bauer Using Science to Solve the National Security Problem Dept. of Homeland Security Science & Technology
13-Mar Mark Tobias High Security Facilities: Why Locks & Access Control May Not Protect Them Investigative Law Offices (SD)
27-Mar Jeffrey Norwitz Closing Guantanamo: What Comes Next? Naval War College; National Security Studies
3-Apr Bob Hathway Conspiracy Theories-Trace Evidence in ML King Case Rhode Island State Crime Lab
10-Apr Stacey Veroni A Prosecutor's View RI Assistant Attorney General
17-Apr Carl Selavka "Distance-Forensics" to Support the New World Head MA Forensic Lab (retired)
24-Apr Ted Schwartz Importance of Trace & Impression Evidence Westchester County (NY) Forensic Laboratory


Spring 2008
Date Speaker Topic Affiliation
25-Jan Jimmie Oxley Introduction ot Forensics URI, Chemistry
1-Feb David Thatcher Forensic Engineering Analysis of SUV Rollover Accidents Director of the Engineering Institute
8-Feb David Thatcher Metal Detection at Crime Scenes Crime Lab Assoc.
15-Feb Virginia Maxwell Glass & Soil Univ. New Haven
22-Feb Walt Williams Intro to Blood Spatter Analysis Warwick Police Dept.
29-Feb Gerry Durand Woonsocket Serial Killer Woonsocket Police
7-Mar Kenneth Zercie Reconstruction/Document Examine CT State Crime Lab
    Spring Break  
28-Mar Gino Rebussini Drugs RI Forensic Lab
4-Apr Skip Vorrhees Fraud Investigations US Postal Lab
11-Apr Michael Bourke DNA CT State Crime Lab
18-Apr Kirk Yeager Investigating Bomb Scenes FBI Lab
25-Apr Rob Buco Mass Sprectoscopy Shimadzu

Past Seminars


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