2006-2007

WPI to Host World-Renowned Forensic Scientist Henry Lee on April 11

WPI's Chemistry and Biochemistry Department will host a colloquium featuring world-renowned forensic scientist Henry Lee at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in Salisbury Laboratories, Room 115. Lee, chief emeritus of the Connecticut State Forensic Laboratory and a WPI honorary degree recipient, will discuss famous cases he helped investigate, such as the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, Laci Peterson, and Jon Benet Ramsey.

What

Henry Lee, the internationally recognized forensic scientist who assisted in the murder investigations of Nicole Brown Simpson and Jon Benet Ramsey, among others, will speak at a colloquium sponsored by Worcester Polytechnic Institute's (WPI) Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

In the colloquium, "Famous Cases Revisited," Lee, chief emeritus of the Connecticut State Forensic Laboratory and a WPI honorary degree recipient, will describe the concepts of justice through science, recent advances in forensic science, and the re-examination of some famous cases through new forensic techniques. The famous cases to be discussed are: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; Vincent Forster's death; the Taiwan president shooting case; the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson Laci Peterson, and Jon Benet Ramsey; Elizabeth Smart's kidnapping; and George Smith's disappearance. The objective of Lee's presentation will not be to convince the audience of the validity of one theory versus another, but rather to clarify for skeptics and cynics some issues related to these cases. In addition, new developments and the new forensic techniques that can now be used in the investigation of such cases will be discussed.

Lee is also director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Forensic Research and Training Center and a Distinguished Professor at the University of New Haven.

When

Wednesday, April 11
4 p.m.

Where

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Salisbury Laboratories, Room 115
100 Institute Road
Worcester, Mass.

April 10, 2007

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu