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Lee Institute Symposium Focuses on Advanced Death Investigations

Release Date:
9/13/2012 4:00 PM

September 12, 2012

Forensics, CSI, features

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- The Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science at the University of New Haven is sponsoring the 21st Annual Arnold Markle Symposium in Dodds Theater on the UNH main campus, 300 Boston Post Road, West Haven, on Oct. 8 and 9.

The symposium will focus on advanced death investigation and will include a number of special topics including fire and arson, drug, sexual, and motor vehicle related deaths. The symposium is designed primarily for police and fire personnel, especially chiefs, investigators, detectives, forensic scientists and fire marshals.

The two-day symposium, named for the late state’s attorney, is open to the public.

The symposium will feature Lee, one of the world’s most renowned forensic scientists and a chaired professor at UNH, as the first speaker at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 8.  Lee will speak on fire and arson death.

Other featured speakers and topics include:

- Cyril H. Wecht, of the Cyril H. Wecht Institute, will speak about motor vehicle related deaths on Oct. 8, from 1 – 4 p.m. Both a physician and an attorney, Wecht is a clinical professor at the University of Pittsburgh schools of medicine and dental medicine as well as the Graduate School of Public Health. The author of more than 550 professional publications, Wecht is an editorial board member of more than 20 national and international medical-legal and forensic scientific publications and the author of several books.

- M. Fredric Rieders, chairman of the board of NMS Labs, will speak on drug related deaths on Oct 9 from 8:30 a.m. – noon. NMS Labs, headquartered in Willow Grove, Penn., provides professional, state-of-the-art laboratory diagnostic services to clinicians, members of the criminal and civil justice communities, and those researching and developing new therapeutics.

- Michael Baden, retired New York State Medical Examiner, will speak on sex-related deaths on Oct. 9 from 1 – 4 p.m. Baden, a board certified forensic pathologist and former New York City chief medical examiner, was the co-director of the New York State Police Medicolegal Investigation Unit. Now a private consultant, Baden was chairman of the forensic pathology panel of the U.S. Congressional Select Committee on assassinations that investigated the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. He is the author of “Unnatural Death: Confessions of a Medical Examiner” and “Dead Reckoning: The New Science of Catching Killers.”  He and his wife, Linda, are co-authors of “Remains Silent,” a popular forensic novel, and “Skeleton Justice.” In addition, Baden has been the subject of 10 HBO specials.

Registration for both days is $150 or $75 for students with a valid college ID.  Reduced rates for groups of five people from the same agency are also available.  Online registration and additional information about the symposium is available at

The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.