Lourdes Lifelong Learning opens fall program with DNA

Posted Aug 27th, 2010 by Heather Hoffman  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Lourdes Lifelong Learning opens fall program with presentation on DNA?Julia Bates, Dean Mandros present “Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases”
The Lourdes College Lifelong Learning program kicks off its 2010-2011 season at 10 a.m. on Friday, September 17 in the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. Lucas County Prosecutor Julia Bates, J.D. and Chief of the Criminal Division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office Dean Mandros, J.D. will present “Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases.”?? “Using DNA to Help Solve Cold Cases” shares the history behind DNA including its initial discovery and the birth of DNA testing. The presentation will also address the ways that criminal prosecution has changed since the use of DNA as evidence was made possible. As DNA testing and technology continues to evolve, many cold cases throughout the world have been reopened and successfully prosecuted – Dr. Bates and Dr. Mandros will profile local cold cases in which DNA evidence was used.
As Lucas County Prosecutor, Dr. Bates has taken the lead in initiating and expanding countless programs designed to enhance citizens’ access to and navigation through the criminal justice system. In 2000, she successfully prosecuted serial-killers Anthony and Nathaniel Cook for the 20-year-old homicide of Thomas Gordon, in turn brining closure to eight other families whose loved ones were lost two decades ago. This prosecution led to the establishment of the Cold Case Squad which has likewise solved and aided in the successful prosecution of cases from years past. The Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office has been recognized and honored by the United States Department of the Treasury, Department of Justice, Sylvania Police Department, Ohio Victim’s of Crime Compensation Program, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Association of Government Attorneys Involved in Capital Litigation, Hadassah and Zonta Club of Toledo I and II. Most recently the office and Dr. Bates was awarded the Golden Heart Award from ACES for outstanding work in the area of child support enforcement.?? Dr. Mandros has served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s office since 1997. In this capacity, he supervises, evaluates and hires the supervisors and attorneys who comprise the adult felony and juvenile divisions of the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office. Additionally he is charged with making policy decisions, felony indictment decisions, ethics compliance and staff training as well as trial litigation involving death penalty prosecutions and homicide prosecutions. In 2009, Dr. Mandros was selected by the Ohio Judicial Appointments Recommendations Panel as one of three lawyers recommended to be appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeals and in 2007 was honored with the National District Attorneys’ Association Award.

Lifelong Learning at Lourdes College is a dues-supported program which offers non-credit classes, seminars and field trips to adult men and women. Membership is $30 per person and $45 per couple. For more information visit or contact Lifelong Learning Coordinator Gloria Burke at 419-824-3707 or email

Lourdes College is a private, four-year educational institution of professional studies and arts and sciences providing a values-centered education in a caring and supportive community. More than 2,300 students are enrolled in programs such as Business, Education, Environmental Science, Nursing, Social Work, Criminal Justice and the Arts & Sciences. In addition to undergraduate and pre-professional programs, Lourdes offers Master degrees in Education, Nursing, Organizational Leadership and Theology through its Graduate School. Lourdes’ Community Outreach Programs include the Appold Planetarium, Lifelong Learning Program, the Life Lab and Theater Vision. Discover us online at or by phone at 419-885-3211. Lourdes College is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania.

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