Forensic archaeology, bomb investigations, computer forensics among topics in URI’s Fall Forensic Science Seminar Series – URI News

KINGSTON, RI – September 8, 2022 – Experts in bombing investigation, forensic archeology and cold case investigation are among the speakers at the Fall Forensic Science Seminar Series. courses at the University of Rhode Island, which takes place on Friday afternoons from September 16 to December 9.

The fall series, which also includes lectures on the legalization of recreational cannabis, forensic genealogy and expert testimony, will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in room 100 of the Science Center Beaupre Chemical and Forensic Center on URI’s Kingston Campus. This is the 24th year of the free public seminar series, which also offers lectures in the spring. See the full program.

Those unable to attend in person can view the lectures live online or at a later date by going to and clicking the link in the topic section.

“This is the 24th of the Forensic Science Partnershipe year of hosting expert seminars on hot topics in forensic science,” said Dennis Hilliard, director of the Rhode Island State Crime Laboratory and co-founder of URI’s Forensic Science Partnership. “We are fortunate to have so many local presenters, especially from the University, and three top reporters who will discuss their work in investigative journalism. There are also three highly respected presenters, who will come to URI to participate in our program. The Forensic Science Partnership represents a model of successful investment in the basic chemistry program at URI in close partnership with the State Crime Laboratory, within the College of Pharmacy.

Schedule of speakers and topics:

  • September 16 – “Investigative Journalism,” Amanda Milkovits of the Boston Globe and Tim White and Eli Sherman of WPRI Channel 12. Milkovits is a Globe writer covering Rhode Island. She has worked as a reporter for New England newspapers since 1993, including nearly 19 years at the Providence Journal covering crime and criminal justice. White is an investigative reporter and editor at Target 12. He joined the 12 News team in September 2006. Sherman joined Target 12 in 2019, after working as an investigative reporter for GateHouse Media. He also covered the economy for Providence Business News and worked as a metropolitan reporter for the Waltham News Tribune.
  • Sept. 23 – “Recreational Cannabis Legalization Issues,” John Malloy, Special Assistant to the Attorney General of Rhode Island.
  • September 30 – “Archaeologist and repatriation specialist”, Fiona Jones, from the URI Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
  • October 7 – “Bomb Investigations,” Kirk Yeager, FBI Chief Explosives Scientist. He has approximately 25 years of experience with improvised explosives and IEDs, has presented over 200 lectures at international meetings and conferences, produced over 80 specialist publications in the field of explosives and IEDs, including four chapters of book.
  • October 14 – “Examinations of Firearms and Tool Marks,” Robert Thompson. Thompson has served as Senior Director of Forensic Science Research in the Office of Special Programs – Forensic Science at the National Institute of Standards and Technology since 2008. He has over 40 years of experience as a forensic scientist. -legal and criminalist.
  • October 21 – “Investigative Genetic Genealogy,” Cairenn Binder, an investigative genetic genealogist and registered nurse living in Westchester County, New York. Binder first became interested in genetic genealogy as a means of finding a biological family after learning that her mother had been adopted. She began working as a forensic genetic genealogist in 2018 with the DNA Doe Project, contributing to more than a dozen solved cases, including victims of serial killers John Wayne Gacy, Keith Hunter Jesperson and Gary Ridgway.
  • October 28 – “Creating a Defense,” Kara Hoopis-Manosh. As an attorney, she has dedicated her career to defending the rights of criminal defendants, handling thousands of cases and appearing in every courthouse in Rhode Island. She was trained by the Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and the Defender Advocacy Institute.
  • November 4 – “Computer Forensics”, Victor Fay-Wolfe, professor of computer science at URI. Fay-Wolfe teaches at the University’s Digital Forensics and Cyber ​​Security Center, which supports national, national, and international public welfare through education, research, training, and service in forensic investigation and securing information systems. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have chosen URI as a national center of academic excellence in cyber defense education and cyber security research.
  • November 9 – “Opiate Crisis and Narcan Intervention,” Anita Jacobson, Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at URI and Coordinator of Pharmacist Patient Care Process Laboratories. Her fellowship focuses on pharmacist-patient communication, particularly as it relates to vulnerable patient populations and/or conditions associated with stigma, such as mental health and substance use disorders. She is Program Director of the Community First Responder Program ( and her clinical practice site is Eleanor Slater Hospital, part of the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Hospitals of Rhode Island. .
  • November 18 – “Cold Case Investigations,” Anita Cormier, retired detective from the Pawtucket Police Department. Cormier joined the department as a patrol officer in 1993, becoming a detective in 2005 and working in major crimes since 2007. She retired in June.
  • November 25 – No Conference, Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 2 – “Watching the paint dry”, Otto Gregory. Gregory is a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at URI, whose research interests include forensic engineering and chemical sensors for explosive trace detection. His work has been funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the US Air Force and Army, and the Department of Homeland Security. He developed the “Digital Dog Nose”, a sensor-based device the size of a toolbox that could soon be placed in subway stations, train stations, airports and ports to detect bombs. Gregory also managed to mount the device on a drone.
  • Dec. 9 – “Expert Testimony,” Gil Sapir, Chicago forensic science consultant and attorney. He earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and biology from Colorado State University; his law degree from IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law; and a master’s degree in forensic science from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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