Core Principles and Practices in Forensic Anthropology: Vol. II
Primary Course Instructors: Dennis C. Dirkmaat, Ph.D., D-ABFA (Mercyhurst University); Heather Garvin, Ph.D., D-ABFA (Des Moines Medical University); Joseph T. Hefner, Ph.D., D-ABFA (Michigan State University); Nicholas Passalacqua, Ph.D., D-ABFA (Western Carolina University); Alexandra Klales, Ph.D. (Washburn University); Sara Getz, Ph.D. (Idaho State University); Erin Chapman, Ph.D. (Erie County Medical Examiner's Office); Christopher Rainwater, M.S. (New York City Medical Examiner's Office); Diana Messer, Ph.D. (SNA, International); Michael J. Hochrein, Special Agent FBI, Ret.); Luis Cabo, M.S. (Mercyhurst University); Leslie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D. (Mercyhurst University); and Joe Adserias-Garriga, DDS, Ph.D., D-ABFO (Mercyhurst University)
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The goal of this 2-Week, 10-day short course is to present a crash course in the latest research and techniques in the field of forensic anthropology. Taught at an advanced introductory level, participants will be exposed to the latest principles, practices, and methods in the discipline. The course will be taught by some of the best forensic anthropologists in North America, including many ABFA Board-certified forensic anthropologists, who are actively conducting research, publishing and conducting forensic anthropological casework.
The course will cover all current aspects of forensic anthropology including forensic osteology (establishing forensic significance in the field, the laboratory analyses involved in fragmentary osteology, estimating the biological profile [age, sex, stature, and ancestry], human skeletal trauma analysis); forensic archaeology (location and recovery of the outdoor crime scene, including large-scale searches, surface scatter, buried body, fatal fire, and mass disaster scenes); forensic taphonomy (post-mortem modification of human tissues, and reconstruction of the events during and subsequent to the Death Event); and Outdoor Crime Scene Reconstruction (reconstruction of the Death Event at the outdoor scene).
Students: If you are thinking of a career in the field of biological anthropology, forensic anthropology, and even bioarchaeology, this course will provide you with a better understanding of what is required to set you on that trajectory. In addition to lectures on state-of-the-field methods, research and experiences in forensic anthropology, you will also be able to interact with the top professionals in the field of forensic anthropology. Each speaker will devote a portion of their presentation to their own career trajectory, and provide guidance to rising students. As an added bonus, our laboratories filled with extensive human and animal osteological collections will be open for after-hours practice and personalized training with our graduate students.
Teachers and Instructors: If you are current teaching or plan to teach a class in forensic anthropology, this course will thoroughly prepare you by providing a guidebook of topics, latest research, and case experiences encompassed by the field. This will also provide you with professional connections with the top forensic anthropologists in the country.
Professionals: If you are a medicolegal death investigator, or criminal investigator working with human remains from outdoor scenes, this course would be of great interest to you in terms of understanding the roles and benefits of employing forensic archaeological recovery methods during the processing of the outdoor forensic scene, as well as how to better interpret the evidence from the scene, including the human biological tissues. You will also know what is to be expected when involving a forensic anthropologist in your investigation.
Options for registering:
Entire two week course (lab and field components): June 1-12
Lab portion only: June 1-5 (lab portion cost = $650)
We will be offering housing for participants if they are interested. The rooms will be dorm apartment style housing composed of two single rooms with a shared bathroom, living room, and kitchen. The kitchen has a stove and an oven, but no microwave. We would provide linens and kitchen supplies for the duration of your stay, but there is a laundry room located in the basement of the building. These will be available for the duration of our short courses at Mercyhurst and will cost $25/night.
There will also be lunch available in the campus dining hall for $5. As of now, there is no breakfast or dinner provided, but we can plan a trip to the grocery store for participants so that you can buy groceries for breakfast and dinner.
If you have any questions or if you are interested in staying in these dorm rooms, please email with the dates you wish to stay (i.e., May 26-31, etc.).
2021 Dates TBA
Course Location: Mercyhurst University, Erie, PA
Course Participants: Individuals over 18yrs of age.
1) College and University students (undergraduate and graduate), 2) college professors and instructors (teaching classes in Forensic Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, Forensic Science, Criminalistics, Medicolegal Death Investigation, and Criminal Law); and 3) professionals in law enforcement, criminal investigation, medicolegal death investigation, and the legal profession (prosecutors, defense attorneys).
To register for this course:
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