Background:

The focus of the forensic anthropology program at CSU, Chico has been to apply skeletal and biological principles and techniques to the identification of skeletal and/or badly decomposed remains. By assisting agencies and individuals throughout the country the program additionally fosters a learning environment in which faculty, staff, and students cooperate in learning and teaching. This Forensic Anthropology Conference is the sixth such conference organized through the efforts of the graduate students of CSUC since 1998. The students invited each of the participants, and importantly, acquired the necessary grants from the University and others to organize the conference.

 

 

Past Programs

2010:

Dr. Bruce Anderson
Forensic Anthropologist for the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

Topic: Assessing Ancestry from Skeletal Remains in Medicolegal Cases: When Not to Do So

 Dr. William C. Rodriguez III
Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Topic: The Forensic Anthropological Investigation of "Vampires": Lore and Legend

  Dr. Kate Spradley
Director, Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), Texas State University

Topic: Forensic Identification of Individuals Involved in U.S./Mexico Border Crossing Fatalities

Dr. Dawnie Steadman
Binghamton University

Topic: The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights Investigations

 

2009:

Brad Adams, Ph.D., DABFA- No. 78
 Cheif Office of the Medical Examiner
 New York, New York
Topic: Case Work at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in NYC, NY

 Steven A. Symes, Ph.D., DABFA-No. 57
  Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
  Anthropology Department
  Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute
  Mercyhurst College
  Erie, PA
Topic: Burned Bone Analysis

 
  • Roland Wessling
  •  Research Officer in Forensic Archaeology
     Cranfield University, United Kingdom
     Forensic Science and Operations Manager,  Inforce Foundation

Topic: Differential Decomposition Rates in Mass Graves
  Jason Wiersema, Ph.D.
 Ph.D. - Texas A&M
 Harris County Medical Examiner
 Houston, Tx
Topic: Case Work at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, TX

 

2007:

John E. Byrd, Ph.D., DABFA-No. 70
Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
Forensic Anthropologist
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC)
Central Identification Laboratory
Hickam AFB, Hawaii
Topic: JPAC Case Work

  Todd Fenton, Ph.D.
  Ph.D. - University of Arizona
  Professor and Forensic Anthropologist
  Michigan State University
  East Lansing, MI.
   Topic: Visual Imaging
  Alison Galloway, Ph.D., DABFA-No. 45
  Ph.D. - University of Arizona
  Anthropology Board and Assistant Provost
  University of California
  Santa Cruz, CA
   Topic: Taphonomy
  Turhon A. Murad, Ph.D., DABFA No.42
  Ph.D. - Indiana University
  Anthropology Department
  California State University
  Chico, CA
   Topic: History of the Conference
  Steven Ousley, Ph.D.
  Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
  Anthropology Department
  Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute
  Mercyhurst College
  Erie, PA
   Topic: FORDISC III
  Steven A. Symes, Ph.D., DABFA-No. 57
  Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
  Anthropology Department
  Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute
  Mercyhurst College
  Erie, PA
   Topic: Trauma
  Organizers: Carrie Brown, Kyle McCormick, and all members of AGSA
 

2003:

  Dennis Dirkmaat
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Mercyhurst College
  Eric, PA
  
  Hugh Berryman
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Regional Medical Examiner Center
  Memphis, TN
  Sharon Pagaling-Hagan
  Criminal Profiler
  California DOJ
  Sacramento, CA
  Marcella H. Sorg
  Forensic Anthropologist
  University of Maine
  Orono, ME

Dr. Norman Sperber
Forensic Odontologist
San Diego Coroner's Office

  Organizers: Ben Figura, Renee Kosalka, Mitchell Keur, Carolyn Orbann, and Tamara Leher

 

2001:

  Clark Davenport
  Geo-Physicist
  Necro Search
  Denver, CO
  Ian Hanson
  Forensic Archaeologist
  UNICTY
  Jerry Melbye
  Forensic Anthropologist
  University of Toronto, Canada
  Norman Sauer
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Michigan State University
  East Lansing, Michigan
  Steven A. Symes
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Regional Medical Examiner Center
  Memphis TN

Roland Wessling
Forensic Archaeologist
UNICTY

  Organizers: Ben Figura, Renee Kosalka, Mitchell Keur, Carolyn Orbann, and Tamara Leher

 

2000:

  David M. Glassman
  Anthropology
  Texas State University
  San Marcos, TX
  Lee Goff
  Entomology
  University of Hawaii
  Honolulu, HI
  Robert Mann
  JPAC, Central Identification Laboratory
  Hickam AFB, HI
  Tal Simmons
  Anthropology
  Western Michigan University
  Kalamazoo, MI
  Steven A. Symes
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Regional MEO
  Memphis TN
  Organizers: Eric Bartelink, Gina Hart, Tamara Leher, James Mangold, Rebecca O'Flaherty, Carolyn Orbann, and Jason Wiersema

 

1999:

  Thomas D. Holland
  JPAC, CIL
  Hickam AFB, HI
  Paul Sledzick
  AFIP
  Walter Reed Army Hospital
  Washington, D.C.
  Steven A. Symes
  Forensic Anthropologist
  Regional Medical Examiner Center
  Memphis, TN
  Douglas H. Ubelaker
  Anthropology
  Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.
  Organizers: Amy Zelson-Mundorff and Laura Morris

 

 

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