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Top Forensic Scientist to Deliver Leadership Lecture at Cedar Crest College 

Allentown, Pa. (Sept. 28, 2012)—Joseph P. Bono, past-president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), will deliver the Cedar Crest College Forensic Science Leadership Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. in Samuels Theatre. This program is free and open to the public.

Bono most recently spent four years as an instructor in the Forensic and Investigative Science program at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis before retiring in 2011. He has been a member of the AAFS since 1978, and achieved the status of Fellow in 1980 in the Criminalistics Section. He served the organization in many capacities, including as president in 2010-11, and he was awarded the AAFS Criminalistics Section Mary Cowan Distinguished Service Award in 2006. He is also a Trustee of the Forensic Sciences Foundation.

"We are thrilled to have Joe Bono as our leadership speaker this year. There are few people in forensic science who can equal the leadership role that Joe has spent his entire career undertaking, and nobody is a stronger advocate of the work that forensic scientists perform," said Larry Quarino, director of Cedar Crest’s forensic science program.

In 2007, Bono retired from federal service as the Laboratory Director of the United States Secret Service Laboratory in Washington, D.C. His prior positions included quality manager of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Office of Forensic Sciences. He has been the director of the following forensic science laboratories: the DEA Special Testing and Research Laboratory in Dulles, Virginia; the DEA Mid-Atlantic Laboratory in Washington, DC; the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Regional Forensic Laboratory in Naples, Italy; and the St. Louis County Police Department Laboratory in Clayton, Missouri.

Bono has traveled extensively during his career, making presentations in the forensic analysis of drugs, laboratory accreditation and certification in the following countries: Venezuela, Colombia, Guyana, Ecuador, Austria, Oman, Pakistan, Taiwan, France, Turkey, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Sweden, and Italy.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, both from the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

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