UCO Forensic Science Institute to Host Firearms Expert for Forum on Guns, Global Crime Organizations

Sept. 20, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO FORENSIC SCIENCE INSTITUTE TO HOST FIREARMS EXPERT FOR FORUM ON GUNS, GLOBAL CRIME ORGANIZATIONS

The University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute and Delta Delta Epsilon, the Forensic Science Honor Society, will host firearms expert Rachel Bolton-King, Ph.D. for a free, open-to-the-public lecture at 3 p.m., Sept. 26 in Forensic Sciences Institute auditorium.

Bolton-King will present a lecture on gun crimes, including aspects of transnational organized crime. She will address how border control, law enforcement investigation, firearms evidence analysis and information sharing can result in the conviction of members of organized crime groups.

“Recent mass shooting events, like the one in Washington, D.C., highlight the importance of forensic science and firearm identification. The forum will address the ever increasing use of firearms in the commission of crimes and its impact from a global perspective,” said Dwight Adams, Ph.D., director of UCO’s Forensic Science Institute.

Bolton-King’s research includes the variation and consistency of firearm component manufacturing as well as the use of 3-D imaging and non-contact x-ray examination of corroded and concealed weapons to gather intelligence and assess the potential for forensic evidence recovery.

In addition to her research, Bolton-King teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Staffordshire University in the U.K., focusing on material in the field of firearms identification, ballistics and analytical chemistry.

For more information, contact Central’s Forensic Science Institute at 405-974-6911, or visit www.uco.edu/forensics.

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