Agent Gary Reinecke named the Program Assistant Director

Gary Reinecke, an Instructor in the program since 2011, is now the Program Assistant Director. Gary joined our faculty in 2011 after retiring from the FBI after 24 years of service. During his tenure with the FBI, Gary served as a field agent in Phoenix and Detroit where he was assigned to organized crime, bank robberies and drug investigations. In 1998, Gary was promoted and transferred to the FBI Laboratory where he was assigned to the Evidence Response Team program and managed operational matters for the ERT program. Currently, Gary is teaching our Advanced Crime Scene Investigation course, oversees the operations and research program at our Outdoor Research Facility and is a thesis advisor for several students each year. Gary is also the Laboratory Safety Coordinator for the program and the outdoor facility. Congratulations Gary!

Alumni Update

Ms. Emily Peschel (GMS Forensic Anthropology, 2014), has been accepted in to the Ph.D program in the department of Anthropology at the University of Calgary.  Emily will be working Dr. Anne Katzenberg in Calgary starting in the Fall 2015.

While at BUSM, Emily received The Malmberg Scholarship from the American Swedish Institute for Scholars for her thesis project involving the investigation the origins of Ridanäs Vikings buried at a port of trade in Gotland, Sweden.

Congratulations Emily!

Boston University Forensic Science Symposium

Please join us for the 1st Boston University Forensic Science Symposium on Friday April 10th, 2015. Please click here for more details about Registration and Abstract Submission.

Student Publication

Alexandra Wink, a graduate from our program and currently a Ph.D candidate in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, recently published her Master’s thesis in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. Her paper entitled “Pubic Symphyseal Age Estimation from Three-Dimensional Reconstructions of Pelvic CT Scans of Live Individuals” can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations Alexandra!

Faculty News

Dr. Jonathan Bethard recently published a review of the new textbook, Forensic Anthropology: An Introduction edited by MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant and Natalie R. Shirley. This 21-chapter book fills a significant void in the available literature for teaching forensic anthropology and includes contributions from numerous Diplomates of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Bethard’s review is published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Click here to view the review.

Also, Dr. Bethard has been chosen to be an Early Career Executive Committee Mentee for the American Association of Physical Anthropologists.  Dr. Bethard will attend Executive Committee meetings at the next two AAPA conferences in Calgary and St. Louis.

Congratulations Jon!

Update on Recent Graduate

Marcelle LaCroix (Class of 2013) recently began working as a civilian Crime Scene Analyst at  CRA, Inc. CRA has a contract with the Camden County Police Department (NJ) to re-establish their Crime Scene Unit.  Marcelle is a part of a team of four individuals who respond to crime scenes and are responsible for scene photography and collection and processing of evidence. Her group is also responsible for the development of the unit and assisting in expanding its capabilities.  Congratulations Marcelle!

Student Presentations

Several students from our program will be presenting the results from their thesis research at the 2014 Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, WA. Two students, Celena Toon and Julia Garcia De Leon Valenzuela will be presenting their poster titled “A Comparison of the Klales et al. (2012) and Phenice (1969) Methods of Sex Estimation on a Modern Colombian Sample”.

New Faculty Publication

Dr. Siwek and Agent Reinecke recently wrote a technical paper “Relaxation of Clenched Digits in Cadaveric Hands to Facilitate the Recovery of Postmortem Friction Ridge Impressions” that will appear in the January/February 2014 issue of Journal of Forensic Identification that demonstrates a technique to more easily obtain finger or palm print impressions of deceased  individuals. Please click here for more information.

Dr. Pokines and Dr. Cummings Discuss the JFK Assassination on the PBS Nova Special “Cold Case JFK”

Dr. Pokines and Dr. Cummings discuss the JFK autopsy and demonstrate a possible reconstruction of JFK’s skull with Greg Mahoney (Forensic Artist from the Boston Police Department) on the PBS Nova special “Cold Case JFK”. To view the special, please click here.