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Forensics Through The Ages

2003 saw Australia’s highest rating drama CSI hit our television screens, pulling in over 1.8 million viewers each week. Now you can discover the reality behind the hit television show with a free public seminar at Bond University.

Presented by internationally renowned DNA expert Dr Ron Fourney, the seminar, entitled ‘Forensics through the ages’, will trace the history of forensics and discuss the modern day perceptions of the science, including those surrounding the ever-popular CSI series.

It will be an opportunity to discover how DNA has helped identify some of the world’s worst criminals, from the early days of fingerprinting, to the recent scientific advancements that will forever change the way the world fights crime.

The seminar will appeal to anyone who has an interest or curiosity in forensics and is a must for die-hard CSI fans – though be warned, you may never view your favourite show in the same way again.

Dr Fourney is the Officer in Charge of the National DNA Bank of Canada, managing a research team that explores new DNA technology. He is also the Forensics Lab Services Directorate for the Royal Canadian Mountain Police, and represents them on a number of national and international committees tasked with the development of forensic human identification methods.

Having worked in the industry since 1988, Dr Fourney has an extensive list of ground-breaking achievements to his name. He was the first person to introduce DNA into the Canadian justice system, and revolutionised DNA processing techniques in North America in conjunction with the FBI.

He is currently attracting international attention for his work developing robotics for forensic labs to allow for the automation of the long and tedious DNA typing process.

Dr Fourney will be in Australia for the 18th International Symposium of the Forensic Sciences in Perth and will later travel to Queensland to meet with Bond University’s Associate Dean of Research Dr Angela Van Daal, another world leading forensics expert, to discuss potential collaborations and research opportunities.

Forensics through the Ages Seminar

Tuesday 18 April, 2006

6pm - 7.15pm

Bond University
Gregor Heiner Lecture Theatre
Lvl 3, Health Sciences and Medicine Building

By 5pm, Monday 17 April 
or alternatively, call Sokhon Oum at Bond University on 5595 4400.

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