Turhon A. Murad, PhD, DABFA

Department of Anthropology

California State University, Chico

Chico, CA 95929-0400

 

Emeritus Faculty
(530) 343-0738

Email (tmurad@csuchico.edu)


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Brief Biographical Sketch

Educational Summary:

B.A. (Anthropology) Indiana University (1968)
M.A. (Anthropology) Indiana University (1970)
Ph.D. (Physical Anthropology) Indiana University (1975)

Area(s) of Specialty:

Forensic Anthropology
Forensic Science Education
General Physical Anthropology
Human Evolution
Human Variation
Skeletal Biology

Services to Department, College and University:

Coordinator of CSU, Chico, Forensic Identification Certificate, 1995 to 2010
Chair of Anthropology, 1991-1997, 2004 to 2006
Criminal Justice Advisory Board, College of BSS, 2001 to 2010
Major Advisor, Department of Anthropology, 1991-1997 and 2004-2006
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Anthropology, 1977-1980, 2001-2003
Director of the Physical Anthropology Human Identification Laboratory, CSU, Chico, 1974-1991, and 1997-2006

Appearances:

"A Head for Murder." Episode 1: Skeleton Stories television feature produced by Atlas Media Corp., New York, NY, Premiered December 9, 2005 on Discovery Health Channel.

"Betrayed" Episode 2: Skeleton Stories television feature produced by Atlas Media Corp., New York, NY, Premiered December 16, 2005 on Discovery Health Channel.

"Suicide & Suspicion" Episode 3: Skeleton Stories television feature produced by Atlas Media Corp.New York, NY, Premiered December 23, 2005 on Discovery Health Channel.

Most Recent Publications:

2008 "Adipocere." Forensic Sciences. pp. 9-10. (ed) J. Selhorst, Salem Press, Inc., Pasadena, CA.

2008 "Algor Mortis." Forensic Sciences. pp. 17-18. (ed) J. Selhorst, Salem Press, Inc., Pasadena, CA.

2008 "Forensic Entomology." Forensic Sciences. pp. 50-52. (ed) J. Selhorst, Salem Press, Inc., Pasadena, CA.

2008 "Skeletal Analysis." Forensic Sciences. pp. 55-57. (ed) J. Selhorst, Salem Press, Inc., Pasadena, CA.

2008 "A De-gloving Experiment to Suggest the Postmortem Interval: Give the Anthropologist Some Hands from Fresh Water. " Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2008. (abstract) Vol. XIV. p. 285.

with McCormick, Kyle, Kate Kopan, Karen Smith Gardener, Eric Bartelink and Beth Shook
2008 " An Assessment of Biological Ancestry in an Unmarked Cemetery From Nevada: An integrated Approach." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2008. (abstract) Vol. XIV. p. 301.

2007 Matters of Life and Death: My Career as a Forensic Anthropologist, Turhon A. Murad, Available upon request, CSU, Chico Printing

with Bouwman, Ali, Jessica Demika, Jennifer Halpain and Eric Bartelink
2007 "Differential Wound Healing Patterns in Bone: A Case Study Involving Multiple Ante-mortem Injuries." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2008. (abstract) Vol. XIII. pp. 344-345.

2006 "The Difference Between "Pala" and "Palo" is the Instrument of Death." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2006. (abstract) Vol. XII. pp. 295-296.

2004 "Steinbeck Could Have Been Responsible." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2004. (abstract) Vol. X. pp. 379-380.

with Leher, Tamara
2004 "Home is Where the Bones Are: Rat Nesting Behavior as a Tool in Forensic Anthropology." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2004. (abstract) Vol. X. pp. 283-284.

with Schmidtt, Brandi, David Howitt, Robert Kimsey, Victor Reeve, and Rebecca Bullard
2004 "The Forensic Research and Training Opportunities IMSS: Institute for Medico-legal and Surgical Sciences at the University of California, Davis." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2004. (abstract) Vol. X. p.186.

2003 "Skull." Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences. (eds: Aminoff, M., and Daroff, R.) Vol. 4, pp. 284-286, Academic Press, San Diego.

with Susan McPherson and Brian Childs
2003 "The Forensic Implications of Shoelaces: Can Handedness be Determined by Shoe-Tying Method?" Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2003. (abstract) Vol. IX. p. 71.

2002 "A Case of Bare Facts" published with Margie A. Boddy in 1987, JFS (32: 1819-1826) reprinted in Car Crash Victims. Mikita Brottman (ed). Palgrave.

with others
2001 "Young Forensic Scientists Forum Building a Career in Forensic Science: Education, Employment, and Expert Testimony." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2001. (abstract) Vol. VII. p. 2.

with Todd D. Murad
2000 "The Postmortem Fate of Pat Gregory: A Disinterred Native American." Journal of Forensic Sciences. 45 (2): 488-494

2000 "Lucy Near the Skyway with Bite marks: A Seemingly Unending Taphonomic Tale." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2000. (abstract) Vol. VI. p. 210- 211.

with Eric Bartelink and Jason Wiersema
2000 "Cowboy in the Cupboard: Does Anyone Know this Guy." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 2000. (abstract) Vol. VI. p. 232 - 233.

1999 " Teaching Skull Morphology" Anthropology News. September 1999. p. 32.

1998 "Review of the Physical Evidence in Sonoma County Coroner's Case 93-1704: The Kidnap and Murder of Polly Hannah Klaas." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 1998. (abstract) Vol. IV. p. 210.

1998 "The Growing Popularity of Cremation Versus Inhumation: Some Forensic Implications." Forensic Osteology: Advances in the Identification of Human Remains. Kathleen J. Reichs (Ed). pp. 86-105. Charles C. Thomas. Springfield, IL.

1997 "Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)." Censorship. Lawrence Amey, Timothy L. Hall, Carl Jensen, Charles May, Richard L. Wilson (Eds). pp.269-270. Salem Press Inc. Pasadena, CA.

1997 "Forensic Anthropology at CSU, Chico." July 27, 1997. INTERNET http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/PAHIL

1997 "The Utilization of Faunal Evidence in the Recovery of Human Remains." Forensic Taphonomy: The Post-Mortem Fate of Human Remains. M. Sorg & W. Haglund (Eds). pp. 395-404. CRC Press. Boca Raton, FL

with Charles F. Urbanowicz
1996 "Anthropology Is An Exciting Discipline: and The Department at Chico State Offers Numerous Opportunities For Students." September 27, 1996. INTERNET http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/anthinfo.html

1996 "Careers in Anthropology." Sept. 27, 1996. INTERNET http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/career.html

1996 "ABFA (American Board of Forensic Anthropology) Home Page." May 3, 1996. INTERNET http://www.csuchico.edu/anth/ABFA/

1996 "The Positive Identification of a Disinterred Native American Cranium." Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 1996. (abstract) Vol. II. p. 164.

Professional Activities and Awards:

Member of Sigma Xi (Scientific Society), 1970 to present
Elected to American Men and Women of Science, 1972
Fellow of the American Association of Physical Anthropology
NSF Grant Reviewer, 1975-1978
NSF Grant to research Human Prehistoric Demography, 1978-79
Sabbatical Leave from CSU, Chico - 1979-80
NSF Grant to research Humankind's Place in Nature, 1980-81
Meritorious Professional Promise Award, CSU, Chico - 1985
Sabbatical Leave from CSU, Chico - 1986-87
Nominated to Who's Who in Science, 1987
Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology - No. 42, 1989 to present
Meritorious Professional Performance Award, CSU, Chico - 1990
California Department of Justice ICI Instructor; 1994 to present
Professional Achievement Honor, CSU, Chico - 1995
Webmaster, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, 1996 to 2009
US Department of Justice, FBI/ERT Instructor; 1997 to present
US Department of Defense, Consultant to the Dept. of the Army's Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii; 1997 to 1999
California Department of Public Safety Instructor; 1997 to present
Sabbatical Leave from CSU, Chico - awarded for 1998-99
Nevada Division of Investigation - Consultant, Carson City, NV. 2000 to present
Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team (DMORT) District 9, NDMS, 2000.
Treasurer, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, 2001-2005.
2001 Award for Excellence in Teaching, California Peace Officers Standards in Training, Robert Presley Inst. Criminal Investigation. - 2003 Acknowledged as a Founding Member of the Department of Homeland Security by U.S. Secretary Tom Ridge.
Awarded Emeritus Faculty Status, California State University, Chico, 2005.
Keynote Address on "Forensic Anthropology, "Consumnes River College, Sacramento, CA. 2009
2009 Presentation of "Do Bones Talk?" to Bay Area Public Defenders at the request of the San Francisco Public Defenders Office, San Francisco, CA.

ABFA Home Page
Anthropology is Exciting at CSU, Chico
Careers in Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology at CSU, Chico
Skull Module
Syllabus for Survey of Forensic Science
Turhon Murad's Curriculum Vitae


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