News

Welcome to our new Forensic Anthropologist, Dr. Sean Tallman.

Tallman WebsiteDr. Tallman has joined our faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Boston University. He will be teaching courses in human osteology, biological anthropology method and theory, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology. Dr. Tallman is a biological anthropologist specializing in forensic anthropology, human skeletal biology, forensic archaeology, and anatomy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has held positions of Forensic Anthropologist, Osteologist, Archaeologist, Consultant, and Anthropology Instructor in various contexts. In particular, he served as a Forensic Anthropologist with the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command’s Central Identification Laboratory. Welcome Dr. Tallman!

A New Publication by Agent Reinecke!

Agent Reinecke and his collaborators at the University of Texas, San Antonio and FlashScan3D recently published their findings from their NIJ grant. Click HERE to see a PDF of the article.

Dr. Pokines in the News!

See the latest news story about Dr. Pokines’ newest publication! Click HERE for the story.

Alumni Update

Ms. Meaghan Jones-Rush (GMS Forensic Anthropology, 2014), is now employed as Death Investigation Specialist at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s Office. Congratulations, Meaghan!

Student, Faculty and Alumni Presentations at American Academy of Forensic Sciences, February 22-27, 2016

Congratulations to our students and faculty who presented their research at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Las Vegas!

Student Awards

Four of our students, Katie Faillace, Jackie Berger, Nora Heidel and Mary Studebaker-Reed, won the William S. Pollitzer Student Travel Award from the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. The prize help to defray the costs of attending the AAPA annual meeting. Students were required to submit a short essay that was reviewed and scored by the AAPA Student Prize Committee. Congratulations!

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!

Recent Student Publications

Several recent graduates and alumni from our program have had their work with Dr. Pokines accepted for publication. Please click here for our list of student and faculty publications.

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 Graduates

Elizabeth Mcleod (Class of 2015) was accepted to the University of Vermont College of Medicine.  Congratulations, Liz!

Student Presentations

Several students from our program will be presenting the results from their thesis research in February at the 2016 Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Las Vegas, NV.