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 Date: February 22, 2007 Contact:  Paula Cobler, 361-570-4350

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UHV Professor Provides Continued Legal Education to Area Attorneys


 

Dr. Richard Gunasekera, associate professor for the University of Houston-Victoria Biology Department, recently provided the Victoria Bar Association with a continued education training module for area attorneys in DNA forensics science.

 

The training module—delivered to 20 Victoria area attorneys—provided instruction on routine methods in DNA forensics and how they are applied in criminal cases, criminalistics and legal education. The attorneys also participated in laboratory demonstrations where methods for extracting DNA were explored.

 

“Advances in science technologies radically change the way criminal attorneys investigate and demonstrate evidence in today’s courtroom. Attorneys not only have to stay on top of new knowledgeable, but must take advantage quickly of new opportunities and findings,” said UHV President Tim Hudson. “We are proud of Dr. Gunasekera’s work.”

 

Gunasekera—who is a biochemical geneticist—has served in several criminal cases as an expert for area attorneys and as an advisor to the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office and City of Victoria Police Department.

 

In the fall of 2007, UHV’s School of Arts and Sciences is scheduled to offer a master’s program concentrating in Forensics Science. This program is a partnership between the departments of Biology, Criminal Justice and Psychology.

 

Victoria Advocate Audio News Director, Bill Clough, interviewed Dr. Gunasekera about the training module for the attorneys. To hear an audio clip from that interview, visit The Victoria Advocate website at http://www.thevictoriaadvocate.com/233/story/25105.html. The link will be available for a limited time.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.