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Date: September 29, 2008
Media Contacts: Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022; Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970

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Montgomery College Hosts Spectrum Lecture on ATF Forensic Laboratory
Forensic Chemist Dr. Gui-hua Lisa Lang to Talk at Germantown Campus, Oct. 16

Dr. Gui-hua Lisa Lang, a forensic chemist at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), will speak at Montgomery College-Germantown on Thursday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the College’s 2008 Spectrum Lecture Series. The talk will take place in Globe Hall, which is located in the High Technology and Science Center, 20200 Observation Drive, Germantown, Md. This event is free and open to the public.

Like all Spectrum Lectures, Dr. Lang’s presentation is designed for a non-scientific audience, enabling scientists, students and the community to learn about ground-breaking advancements in science. She will give a general overview of the ATF forensic laboratory and its sections, which include identification, DNA, trace evidence, firearms and chemistry. She will also discuss the results from her recent research project that used ion chromatograph/mass spectrometry to analyze post-blast residues.  

Dr. Lang has worked for more than 10 years as a forensic chemist at the ATF, specializing in explosives. She is an expert in mass spectroscopy, with training from the FBI Post Blast Investigator School and other forensic science programs. She has published a large number of scientific papers within her field of study and has received numerous awards for her work.

Dr. Lang earned a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Florida, Gainesville and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Mary Washington College in Virginia.

For questions or to request accommodations for physical disability, please contact Susan Bontems, professor of chemistry, at 240-567-7740.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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