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Dr.-Henry-Lee-at-Lauralton-HallDr. Henry Lee speaks to forensic students at Lauralton Hall in Milford.MILFORD – Forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee shared stories about war crimes in Bosnia and Croatia and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy during a visit April 24 with forensic students at Lauralton Hall.

"Forensics helps students see the practical use of sciences. Abstract formulas can be difficult for young people to grasp and get excited about, but when they can see real life applications such as understanding how the trajectory of a bullet can help us solve a crime and help bring families resolution, it makes the science more meaningful to them," Dr. Lee said.

"I encourage students to pursue a career in forensics because it is not only an exciting career path with many options, it is a field where you can prevent further crimes – where you truly can make a huge difference." 

Forensic science teacher Jennifer Shea described Dr. Lee’s talk as "incredible."

"His talk ranged from motivational anecdotes to comprehensive descriptions of actual criminal cases. He incorporated details such as DNA analysis techniques and he illuminated real-world forensics in a way that was humorous, informative and inspiring," she said.

Lauralton senior Shea Dolan spoke along the same lines.

"I think forensics is a cool field to study because it combines all of the sciences and it helps bring justice to the world. My grandfather worked with Dr. Lee on several cases and has travelled with him to China. Dr. Lee is not only an amazing scientist, but he knows how to explain forensics in a way that teens can relate to, so I was very excited when he agreed to come speak at Lauralton," Miss Dolan said.

She said she hopes to pursue a career in forensic nursing, which combines anatomy and biology.

Over more than 40 years, Dr. Lee has investigated more than 8,000 cases. He was pivotal in establishing a modern state police communication system, the community-based police services sex offender and DNA databank, and major crime investigation concepts, and he created the Forensic Sciences program at the University of New Haven.

Dr. Lee’s well-known cases include the Kennedy assassination; "woodchipper murder"; and O. J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Mike Peterson, and William Kennedy Smith trials.

 

alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.