Feb. 3 Speakers’ Series talk will explore forensic DNA

By EMERY NICOLETTI

Pima Community College will open its 2015 Speakers’ Series on Feb. 3 with a presentation about forensic DNA analysis by biology instructor Christian Wilson.

He will discuss how DNA testing is used to solve crimes.

“I usually give a brief overview of DNA, then show the audience how the DNA analysis is actually done using simulated casework,” Wilson said. “This includes paternity testing as well as mixtures of more than one person’s DNA.”

He also plans to talk about real-life cases that were solved with DNA.

The free talk will begin at 6 p.m. in PCC’s district offices at 4905 E. Broadway Blvd., in the Community Board Room, C-105. Light refreshments will be available.

Two additional talks are scheduled for spring semester:
• March 3: “Social Behavior of Prairie Dogs and Ground Squirrels,” by Theodore G. Manno, who will discuss the social interactions, mating behaviors and natural history of prairie dogs and ground squirrels. He has studied colonies across western North America.
• April 7: “Japanese Wood Sculptors,” by Barbara Jo McLaughlin, art faculty.

McLaughlin’s presentation will focus on her research in Tokyo of contemporary Japanese wood sculptors.  She’ll show photographs and discuss the artists’ works, methods and unique tools.  She will also talk about her immersion into Japanese culture.

The Speaker’s Series is co-sponsored by PCC’s Faculty Senate and by Provost Erica Holmes and Executive Vice Chancellor William. R. Ward II.

For additional information, call 206-4500.

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