CSI Chico State: Leading Forensic Anthropologists Gather for Conference November 2

Oct 23, 2013 12:08 PM

Four of the nation’s top forensic specialists will come to Chico State to share their research and recent projects at the Chico Forensic Conference.

Chico State’s Department of Anthropology’s Human Identification Lab is one of a handful of forensic labs in the U.S. Established in 1972, the lab processes up to 40 consultations for law enforcement agencies annually and provides scene recovery services throughout Northern California.

Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Graduate Student Association, the conference is anticipated to bring together around 250 students, faculty, law enforcement and city officials to discuss the latest trends in the forensic field. This will be the tenth time Chico State has hosted the free event which will take place November 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ayres Hall Room 106.

Sharon Derrick, a forensic anthropologist at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Houston, will begin the conference with her presentation “It’s About the Boys: Identifying the Teenaged Victims of the 1973 Houston Mass Murders.” According to the University’s Press Release, Derrick has extensive medical examiner office experience and has participated in bio-archaeological surveys and excavations.

Derrick will be followed by Joseph Hefner, another forensic anthropologist at the Federal Joint Prisoner of War/ Missing in Action Accounting Command’s (JPAC) Central Identification Laboratory. Hefner will present “Hooton and the Harvard List: The Evolution of Morphoscopic Traits and Ancestry.” Hefner has served as a forensic anthropologist for the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office and lead investigator of bio-archaeology for Statistical Research, INC. in Tucson, Ariz.

After a lunch break Todd Fenton, an associate professor of anthropology at Michigan State University in East Lansing will give his presentation on his current research project “Pediatric Cranial Fracture Initiation, Propagation and Interpretation.” Fenton is also a diplomat of the American Academy of Forensic Anthropology.

Lastly, Christopher Hopkins will give his presentation on “The Long Arm of Science; How Forensic Science is Used to Solve Crimes after the Evidence Has Been ‘Destroyed.’” Hopkins is the director of Forensic Science Graduate Program at the University of California, Davis. He also served as a special agent for the FBI.

Registration is not required. For more information visit facebook.com/chicoforensicconference.


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