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Media Advisory: IUPUI experts on explosives available for media

Release Date: 
May 3 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- John V. Goodpaster and Jay A. Siegel, explosives experts with the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at the Purdue School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, are available to discuss the science of the attempted bombing in New York City.

John Goodpaster

John Goodpaster

Goodpaster is an expert on explosives and arson analysis. Ongoing research in his laboratory includes designing new techniques for explosives, arson and tobacco analysis. He is currently collaborating with the Indiana State Police on projects related to explosives, fire debris and fiber evidence. He also is working on a federally funded project on the chemical compounds sensed by explosive-detecting canines. He holds a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry and Master of Science degree in criminal justice. He formerly served as a forensic chemist with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Laboratory and is an assistant professor in the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at IUPUI's School of Science.

Jay Siegel

Jay Siegel

Siegel is an expert on explosives and trace analysis and an active researcher in forensic science. He directs the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program at the IUPUI School of Science and is the editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Forensic Sciences. He holds a doctorate degree in analytical chemistry and serves as a member of a National Academy of Science committee on the needs of forensic science in the 21st century.

Goodpaster can be reached at jvgoodpa@iupui.edu or 317-274-6881.

Siegel can be reached at jasiegel@iupui.edu or 317-274-6883.

For additional information on IUPUI's Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program go to http://www.forensic.iupui.edu.