2003 Seminar Series
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Distinguished Forensic Scientist Seminar Series

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
"The Innocence Revolution"


Lawrence C. Marshall is a Professor of Law at the Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Professor Marshall spends a great deal of his time representing criminal defendants as part of his work with Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions..

A 1985 summa cum laude graduate of the Northwestern School of Law, Mr. Marshall clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens before joining the law school faculty in 1987. He has argued cases in courts of appeals throughout the country and before the United States Supreme Court.

Marshall frequently delivers passionate speeches on the issues of the death penalty and wrongful convictions. A Chicago Tribune editorial has lauded Marshall’s work as "heroic," and he has received numerous awards from bar associations and community groups. He has also published many Commentaries in the Chicago Tribune and is a frequent guest on television and radio programs involving issues of criminal law and procedure. This past January, Illinois’s governor commuted the sentences of more than 150 of Illinois’ death row prisoners to life in prison without parole---in large part due to Prof. Marshall’s efforts.

You may also reserve your places in advance for the Larry Marshall event at www.acteva.com (search term: Innocence) for $20. At-the-door pricing will be $25. For further information, contact the event organizer: William A. Kotas, President, Northwestern University Club of South Florida, at wkotas@copernico.cc or 305.326.1663. This event is co-sponsored by the FIU Law School, FIU’s International Forensic Research Institute, and Bacardi.

Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus, Wolfe University Center Ballroom, 2nd Floor 3000 N.E. 151st Street, North Miami, Florida 33181

Complimentary cocktail reception from 7:00 to 8:00 pm; Talk to begin at 8:00 pm


Friday, October 31st, 2003
"Developments in Forensic Science in South Australia"
IFRI and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Developments in Forensic Science in South Australia

Speaker: Dr. Paul Kirkbride

Assistant Director Forensic Science Service , South Australia

Forensic Science Service, South Australia


Time and Date: Friday October 31, 2003 11:00 am

Location: Wertheim Center


Thursday, October 9th, 2003
"Symposium: The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory"

The Psychology of Eyewitness Memory
Thursday, October 9th
9:00 – 10:45am
Graham Center 150
Speakers and topics will include:
Kim MacLin, Ph.D. (Univ. of N. Iowa)
" Criminal appearance stereotypes: Personality traits, facial features, and crime type."
Laura Zimmerman, M.S. (Univ. of Texas, El Paso)
" A meta-analytic examination of police officers as eyewitness:
Do police describe and identify criminal perpetrators better than civilians?"
Otto MacLin, Ph.D. (Univ. of N. Iowa)
" Could you pick 'em out of a lineup?
The role of meta-cognition in eyewitness identification."
Roy Malpass, Ph.D. (Univ. of Texas, El Paso)
" A subjective expected utility approach to the evaluation of policy alternatives."
Colin Tredoux, Ph.D. (Univ. of Cape Town, South Africa)
" To simulate or not to simulate: The external validity of staged crime experiments."
This symposium is co-sponsored by
Florida International University’s
Legal Psychology Program
International Forensic Research Institute


Friday, October 3rd, 2003
"New Analytical Tools in Forensic Science"
IFRI and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Dr. José R. Almirall is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Associate Director of the International Forensic Research Institute and the Director of the Graduate Program in Forensic Science at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. He received a B.S. in Chemistry form Florida International University, a M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Miami and a Ph.D. in Pure and Applied Chemistry from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He was a practicing forensic scientist at the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Laboratory in Miami, Florida for 12 years prior to his academic appointment in 1998. Dr. Almirall has testified in over 100 criminal trials as an expert witness in the areas of drugs, trace evidence and arson evidence analyses. Dr. Almirall has authored or co-authored over 40 publications in the field of analytical chemistry and forensic chemistry and he and his group have presented over 180 papers and workshops in the U.S., Europe, Central America, Australia and Japan. The interests of his research group include the development of analytical methods for the detection and analysis of arson evidence, materials characterizations by a variety of methods and new applications of Mass Spectrometry in Forensic Science.

Dr. José R. Almirall, Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Title: New Analytical Tools in Forensic Science
Friday, October 3, 2003 11:00 A.M.
Wertheim Conservatory


Thurday, April 10th, 2003
"Archimedes to Attograms: The Application of ICP-MS in 21st Century Forensic Science and Criminalistics"

Professor John Watling

John joined Curtin University in 1997 having previously heading major government and commercial laboratories in South Africa, England and Australia. He has wide research experience, including mineral processing and ore genesis, marine pollution chemistry, materials technology and abrasion/corrosion processes, analytical spectrometry of biotoxic and environmental toxic elements, platinum group elements and gold. John is particularly at the forefront of developments in Laser Ablation and solution ICP-Mass spectrometry and the application of LA-ICP-MS to forensic and environmental problems. He is Director of EIGG (Chemistry) and has recently been most active in expanding the group's interest to the field of forensic geology and geochemistry.

John is a co-developer of gold and diamond fingerprinting technology and winner of the 1994 Australian Award for "Outstanding Contribution in Science" with Dr. HK Herbert. He has author over 80 refereed international papers on analytical chemistry, and environmental pollution.

When: Thurday, April 10th, 2003, 10 AM
Where: Wertheim Conservatory - WC130 (next to the greenhouse at UP)
Refreshments will be served


Wednesday, March 12, 2003
"Elemental and Isotopic Analysis by ICP Mass Spectrometry"

Professor R. Samuel Houk

Robert Samuel Houk received his undergraduate training at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (B.S. 1974) and completed his doctoral work at Iowa State University (Ph.D. 1980). Following postdoctoral work at Ames Laboratory, he joined the Iowa State faculty in 1981. His awards include the Lester W. Strock Award, 1986; Maurice F. Hasler Award, 1993; ACS Award in Chemical Instrumentation, 1993; Wilkinson Teaching Award, 1993, and the Anachem Award, 2000. He serves on the Editorial Board of Spectrochimica Acta Part B and the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.

Professor Houk’s research involves the fundamental study and applications of new ionization techniques for mass spectrometry (MS). His group was the first to extract ions from an inductively coupled plasma (ICP) for analysis and detection by MS. Prof. Houk’s recent interest include the detection and identification of inorganic elements in biological molecules, the analysis of solids by Laser Ablation ICP-MS and inorganic electrospray MS.

When: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 at 3:00 PM
Where: Wertheim Conservatory - WC130 (next to the greenhouse at UP)
Refreshments will be served


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