News

 

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.