Turhon A. Murad, PhD, DABFA (Retired)

Department of Anthropology

California State University, Chico

Chico, CA 95929-0400

 

Emeritus Faculty
Home (530) 343-0738

Email (tmurad@csuchico.edu)


Brief Biographical Sketch

Educational Summary:

A.A. (General Science) DePauw University (1965)
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
General Cultural Anthropology & Arcaeology
General Physical Anthropology
Forensic Science Education
Human Evolution
Human Variation
Skeletal Biology

Services to Department, College and University:

Founder of the CSU, Chico Human Identification Labortory, 1972
Lab Directior of CSU, Chico Human Identifcatiom Lab 1972-1991, and 1997-2006
Developer of CSU, Chico Undergratuate Certificate in Forensic Identification 1995
Cordinator of CSU, Chico, Forensic Identification Certificate, 1995 to 2005
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

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:

2014 "Skull." Encyclopedia of the Neurological Sciences. (eds: Aminoff, M., and Daroff, R.) Vol. 4, pp. 2845-287, Academic Press, San Diego .

2014 with Amy Mundorf and Eric Bartelink. "Sexual Dimorphism in Finger Ridge Breadth Measurements: A Tool for Sex Estimation from Fingerprints."Journal of Forensic Sciences.Vol. 57 No, 3. pp 1-7.

2013 with Tracey VanDeest and Eric Bartelink. "A Re-examination of Cremains Weight: Sex and Age Variation in a Northern California Sample," Journal of Forensic Sciences. Vol. 56, No. 2

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.

2008 with McCormick, Kyle, Kate Kopan, Karen Smith Gardener, Eric Bartelink and Beth Shook. "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

2007 with Bouwman, Ali, Jessica Demika, Jennifer Halpain and Eric Bartelink, "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.

2004 with Leher, Tamara, "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.

2004 with Schmidtt, Brandi, David Howitt, Robert Kimsey, Victor Reeve, and Rebecca Bullard, "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.

2003 with Susan McPherson and Brian Childs, "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.

2001 with others. "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.

2000 with Todd D. Murad, "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.

2000 with Eric Bartelink and Jason Wiersema. "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

1996 with Charles F. Urbanowicz, "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/ until 2008.

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
Post-Doctoral work at Stanford University Dept. of Pharmacology - 1988
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; 1992 to 20012
Professional Achievement Honor, CSU, Chico 1995
Webmaster, American Board of Forensic Anthropology, 1996 to 2009
US Department of Justice, FBI/ERT Instructor; 1997 to 2000
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 US Department of Homeland Security by 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.

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