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Two Part Forensic Anthropology Lecture Series

The Departments of Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry are hosting a series of two talks by Michael Sandholzer. Dr. Sandholzer is trained in biology, bioanthropology, and forensic dentistry and is currently based at the Medical Research Council (Oxford, United Kingdom). His current research focuses on the application of high-resolution imaging, real-time analytical methods as well as synchrotron radiation in biomedical and forensic research. Dr. Sandholzer will speak about the analysis of burned human remains to support forensic and archaeological investigations as well as the challenges of identifying the victims of genocide and mass disasters.

 

Evidence from the Ashes: The Analysis of Burned Human Remains

In forensic investigations involving high temperatures, the analysis of skeletal remains stands alone as other means of identification (e.g., DNA, fingerprints) are frequently destroyed. This talk will provide an overview of the effect of fire on the human skeleton and outline the identification process involved. Besides the presentation of case reports, recent advances in the analysis of burned human remains and their implications for forensic odontology and anthropology will be discussed.

When: Monday April 28, 5:30pm
Where: Carnegie 10
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To Know Where they Lie: Identifying the Victims of Genocide and Mass Disasters

Positive identification of the victims of genocide and mass disasters is important and can be achieved by forensic techniques such as fingerprints, DNA, and dental analysis. This talk will provide an overview of the biological and chemical methods used in the identification process and will outline current issues and future trends in disaster victim identification. Moreover, challenges that are frequently encountered during such investigations will be discussed.

When: Tuesday April 29, 5:30pm
Where: Carnegie 10
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