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Released March 9, 2004

By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG -- Though already respected in the field of forensic science, Dr. Henry Lee gained increased notoriety in the last decade as one of the key figures in the O.J. Simpson murder trial and the JonBenet Ramsey murder investigation.

This summer, Lee will share his 40-plus years of experience, along with other practitioners in the forensic science field, in The University of Southern Mississippi's unique "Forensic Science Seminar at Sea," set for Aug. 14-19.

The program will highlight hands-on seminars and mock crime scenes featuring Lee and six other guest lecturers, along with program coordinators Bill Donovan, forensic investigator with the Jefferson Parish, La., Coroner's Office, and Dean Bertram, instructor of forensic science at Southern Miss.

"We have six of the biggest names in forensic science participating in the program, including Dr. Lee, who is not only nationally known but world renowned," Bertram said.

In addition to the Simpson trial and Ramsey investigation, Lee also served as a forensic expert for the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, the Dupont homicide investigation and the ValuJet Flight 592 accident investigation among others. He has been involved in the investigation of approximately 6,000 cases.

The seminar will be held aboard a Carnival Cruise Lines ship that will depart from New Orleans with stops in Calica/Playa del Carmen and Cozumel.

"Participating students will study the topics of crime scene investigation, forensic odontology, forensic pathology and pediatric forensic medicine, medicolegal death investigation, legal aspects of forensic science and forensic anthropology," said Linda Bass, senior credit and online courses coordinator with the CICE.

Other guest lecturers slated to present during the seminar include Dr. Robert Barsley, director of the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry Department of Dental Health; Dr. Mary E. Case, chief medical examiner of St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson and Franklin Counties in Missouri; Cullen Ellingburgh, supervising deputy coroner for Orange County, Ca.; James Starrs, professor of law and forensic sciences at George Washington University; and Dr. John Verano, associate professor of anthropology at Tulane University.

Early registration for the seminar is encouraged. Undergraduate and graduate academic credit can be earned by taking the course, for a fee of $486 for undergraduates and $648 for graduate students. Cabin space prices of $900 for inside rooms and $1,000 for outside rooms are guaranteed until May 22. For more information, call Bass at (601) 266-4189.


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