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Field School Announcement
OSU Forensic Anthropology Field School
Sponsor: PAST Foundation/The Ohio State University
Contact Information
Beth Witte
1003 Kinnear Rd
Columbus OH 43212
Phone: 614-370-7455
The Forensic Science and Anthropology Field School is an intensive, three-week course. Students participate in, from the perspective of multiple disciplines, the resolution of a mock medicolegal death investigation from crime scene discovery to courtroom testimony. Students process an indoor crime scene where foul play is suspected to have happened. Evidence then leads them to an outdoor scene where they search for and recover buried human remains. Back in the lab, they examine evidence from both scenes and attempt to identify individuals by analyzing skele- tal remains and matching them against missing person files. Participants synthesize multiple lines of evidence to reconstruct what occurred at the crimes scenes. Final- ly, students testify as a scientific expert witness in a real courtroom in front of an actual judge under direct andcross-examination by attorneys. Throughout the process, students receive hands-on training in the classroom, lab, and field by law enforcement agents, legal professionals, and forensic scientists. Upon completion of this course students are able to employ the scientific method to answer questions related to crime scene reconstruction and individual identifica- tion, distinguish between forensic science as portrayed in popular media versus the reality of forensic science as practiced by professionals, develop interpersonal profes- sional and public presentation skills, and appreciate the important role of an Anthropologist in medicolegal death investigations.
Keywords: Forensic Anthropology | Columbus OH
This announcement will be displayed until: 05/15/2013
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