14th March 2005

 

THE COLOURFUL WORLD OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

 

Forensic science is an integral part of criminal investigations but how much do you know about it?

 

As part of National Science Week 2005, the University of Lincoln is inviting the public to attend the inaugural lecture of Professor Peter White, Head of the Department of Forensic and Biomedical Sciences, on Wednesday (16th March).

 

Entitled ‘The Colourful World of Forensic Science’, the lecture will show how forensic scientist uses the detection and measurement of colour to provide data that can be used as evidence in court.

 

Many coloured items we consume or come into contact with every day such as foods, drinks, clothing, cosmetics and documents appear frequently in casework examinations.

 

Forensic scientists also make use of colour to detect non-coloured materials such as drugs, gunshot residues and DNA, or to enhance marks and impressions such as fingerprints.

 

This lecture will trace the history of dye analysis as practised in forensic science. Casework examples will illustrate how research has, in some cases, been able to achieve the forensic scientist’s dream of non-destructive, in-situ methods for the trace analysis of colourants.

 

Professor White gained his PhD from Brunel University for studies in multiwavelength detection techniques and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

 

He has worked at Glaxo Laboratories and the Metropolitan Police Forensic Science Laboratory and was the Director of the Forensic Science Unit at the University of Strathclyde.

 

The lecture takes place in the School of Architecture at the Brayford Pool campus on Wednesday evening.  Registration and refreshments are available from 5.30pm with the lecture commencing at 6.00pm. Admission is free.

 

For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Assistant Press Officer

01522 886244                         gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

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