Celebrities in the World of Forensics Converge at Science Night Live


Producer of TV series “Bones” and Orlando’s Dr. G Headline

Orlando Science Center’s 60th Anniversary Kickoff – Saturday, Feb. 21 – 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Orlando Science Center is reserved strictly for adults at Science Night Live on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. The first SNL of the year features celebrity scientists including world-famous Dr. Henry Lee, local favorite Jan Garavaglia, M.D. (aka Dr. G), the producer of the TV series “Bones” Dr. Kathy Reichs and more as they demystify the forensic sciences. This event is the kickoff to Orlando Science Center’s 60th anniversary celebration.

In addition, visitors can view stars and planets from the Crosby Observatory; conduct their own crime scene investigations in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory; delight in food and adult beverages available for purchase; explore hands-on exhibits and so much more!

“DEMYSTIFYING FORENSIC SCIENCES”

In partnership with the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (which is hosting its 67th annual scientific meeting in Orlando Feb. 16 – 21), the “Demystifying Forensic Sciences” opens with a spotlight on “48 Hours Mystery,” and a panel including top names in the field of forensics. These experts will provide insights to this highly popular and growing career field.

HENRY LEE, PH.D.

Dr. Henry C. Lee is one of the world’s foremost forensic scientists. Dr. Lee’s work has made him a landmark in modern-day forensic sciences. He has been a prominent player in many of the most challenging cases of the last 50 years. Dr. Lee has worked with law enforcement agencies from 46 countries in helping to solve more than 8,000 cases.

Dr. Lee’s testimony figured prominently in the O.J. Simpson, Jason Williams, Scott Lee Peterson and William Kennedy Smith trials, and in convictions of the “Wood Chipper” murderer as well as thousands of other murder cases. Dr. Lee has assisted local and state police in their investigations of other famous crimes such as the murder of JonBenét Ramsey in Boulder, Colo., the reinvestigation of the Kennedy assassination, and the Casey Anthony case.

Dr. Lee is currently the director of the Forensic Research and Training Center and distinguished chair professor in forensic sciences at the University of New Haven.

KATHLEEN J. REICHS, PH.D.

From teaching FBI agents how to detect and recover human remains, to separating and identifying commingled body parts in her Montreal lab, as a forensic anthropologist Kathy Reichs has brought her own dramatic work experience to her mesmerizing forensic thrillers. Kathy Reichs’s first novel “Déjà Dead” catapulted her to fame when it became a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Dr. Reichs is a producer of the FOX TV series “Bones” which is based on her work and her novels.

Dr. Reichs has traveled to Rwanda to testify at the U.N. tribunal on genocide and helped exhume a mass grave in Guatemala. As a member of the U.S. government’s Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team network, she helped recover victims of the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11. Dr. Reichs is one of only a hundred forensic anthropologists ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology.

JAN C. GARAVAGLIA, M.D.

Jan C. Garavaglia, M.D. (aka “Dr. G”) is the chief medical examiner for the District Nine Medical Examiner Office covering Orange and Osceola counties in Florida and has been a forensic pathologist for more than 27 years. She is also currently a clinical associate professor for the Florida State University College of Medicine.

A graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Garavaglia completed her internship in internal medicine and residency in pathology at the University Hospitals in St. Louis, Miss. She then completed a fellowship in forensic pathology at the Dade County Medical Examiner Office in Miami. She is certified by the American Board of Pathology in anatomic, clinical and forensic pathology.

BRUCE A. GOLDBERGER, PH.D.

The moderator of the panel, Dr. Bruce Goldberger is a professor and the chief of the division of forensic medicine in the department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Goldberger is also the technical and administrative director of the Forensic Toxicology Laboratory at UF, which provides toxicological services to medical examiner offices and state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Florida. Dr. Goldberger has been qualified as an expert witness more than 270 times in forensic toxicology in federal, state, military and Canadian courts of law.

ADULT SWIM, SCIENCE CENTER-STYLE

Visitors can examine the night sky in the Crosby Observatory through the use of the 10-inch refractor telescope —the largest of its kind in the state available to the public. View moons, planets and deep sky objects such as galaxies, nebulas and more. In addition, enjoy an unobstructed view of the downtown Orlando skyline from the sixth-floor terrace. This activity is weather-permitting.

Guests also can conduct their own crime scene investigations in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory. Play out the role of the forensics expert as you put the clues together using techniques from various forensic disciplines.

The rest of the Science Center is open for exploration that evening. Indulge in all four floors of exhibits including “NatureWorks”; “Science Park”; “Engineer It!”; and “Our Planet, Our Universe.” And enjoy scrumptious foods and adult beverages available for purchase courtesy of John Michael Weddings & Special Events.

Experience Science Night Live and reserve your VIP seat for the “Demystifying Forensic Science” presentation for $25. General admission to Science Night Live is $15. Admission includes hands-on fun in the exhibits, live programming, experiments in Dr. Dare’s Laboratory and night-time viewing in the Crosby Observatory. The “Demystifying Forensic Science” presentation will also be streamed via closed-circuit television in select parts of the building. Parking is free in the Science Center parking garage.

Join us and see how grown-ups do Orlando Science Center! Must be 21 and older. While the Science Center has a lot to offer kids and families during regular hours, Science Night Live is exclusively for grown-ups. Dress code is casual attire.

For more information, call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org/snl.