Forensic dentistry solves modern crimes, unravels mysteries of Salem Witch Trials, ancient Egypt

Take a peek into the world of forensic dentistry at Jefferson Lab's Oct. 30 Fall Science Series lecture. Discover how this science is unraveling the mysteries of ancient Egypt, the Salem Witch Trials and modern crime-scene investigations.

Dr. Elizabeth Ruth Smith, D.D.S., a forensic odontologist, will share with the audience her insight into the field and how it works. After practicing general dentistry in the Hampton Roads area for many years, she has practiced forensic odontology exclusively since 2004 and is now a consultant to Virginia's Chief Medical Examiner's office.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Jefferson Lab's CEBAF Center auditorium, located at 12,000 Jefferson Ave., Newport News. The program is free and open to anyone interested in learning more about science. It will last about one hour and include a question and answer period at the end.

For security purposes during Science Series events, enter at Jefferson Lab's main entrance (Onnes Dr.). Everyone over 16 is asked to carry a photo ID and security guards may perform ID, bookbag, purse and vehicle checks.

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