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College of Science slates viewing party for ‘CSI: Miami’ episode with Purdue ties

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University’s College of Science is having a “CSI: Miami” viewing party for students and the Purdue community at 10 p.m. on Monday (Nov. 24).


Purdue University's college of Science hosts a CSI: Miami viewing party for students and the public at 10pm, Monday, Nov 24.

The episode features technology created by R. Graham Cooks, Purdue’s Henry Bohn Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. Cooks will attend the party, which will be held at the Purdue Memorial Union in the La Posada room located near Starbucks.

Cooks developed an analysis device that reads a fingerprint’s chemical signature. The device can unearth fingerprints buried beneath others or reveal what a person recently handled, as well as create an image of the fingerprint for identity searches.

Jonathan Harbor, interim dean of the College of Science, also will be attending the party.

“The College of Science wants to support the researchers involved and share in the excitement as this technology makes its prime-time debut,” Harbor said. “‘CSI: Miami’ engages a broad audience and presents science as a powerful tool to solve mysteries. We hope it inspires future Purdue students to pursue an education and career in science, technology or forensics.”

The event is sponsored by the College of Science and is free and open to the public.

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