14th Annual Chico Forensic Conference

The 14th Annual Chico Forensic Conference will be held on Saturday November 4th, 2017 from 9am to 5pm in the Bell Memorial Union (BMU) Auditorium at CSU Chico.

The 2017 Conference will feature the following speakers:

  • 9:15  - 10:30 am - Dr. Kate Spradley - Texas State University, San Marcos - Dr. Spradley holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee and is an Associate Professor of Biological Anthropology at Texas State University. Her current research in forensic anthropology addresses migration, sex and ancestry estimation using quantitative methods, and Hispanic identification issues. Dr. Spradley is the founder and Director of Operation Identification (OpID), which provides volunteer forensic services to help identify bodies found near the Texas-Mexico Border. Dr. Spradley will present "Invisible Grave: Migration and Lost Identity in South Texas." http://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/people/faculty/spradley.html
  • 10:45 am - 12:00 pm - Dr. Lyle Konigsberg - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Dr. Konigsberg holds a PhD in Anthropology from Northwestern University and is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a co-author of the Oxford University Press textbook Human Biological Variation, has contributed to more than 20 book chapters, has published over 50 journal articles, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Physical Anthropology. His recent publications include works on paleodemography, age estimation, biological distance, and multivariate statistical analyses. Dr. Konigsberg will present "The two E's of forensic anthropology: Or how I found out it's OK to be a Bayesian forensic anthropologist." https://anthro.illinois.edu/directory/profile/lylek

  • 1:45 - 3:00 pm - Dr. Carrie Brown - Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory -  Dr. Brown holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from California State University, Chico and a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation research focused on maxillary sutures as an indication of adult age-at-death. Dr. Brown is a Forensic Anthropologist at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Laboratory at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in Forensic Sciences at Nebraska Wesleyan University. Dr. Brown will present "Segregating and Associating Commingled Human Remains: The USS Oklahoma Identification Project." https://www.linkedin.com/in/carrieabrown1/

  • 3:15 - 4:30 pm - Dr. Nicholas Passalacqua - Western Carolina University - Dr. Passalacqua holds a PhD in Anthropology from Michigan State University, where his dissertation research focused on skeletal health and paleodemography in Medieval Spain. Dr. Passalacqua is an Assistant Professor and the Forensic Anthropology Program Coordinator at Western Carolina University. He formerly served as a forensic anthropologist with JPAC-CIL, is a co-author of Forensic Anthropology: Current Methods and Practice, and is a co-founder and the Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming journal Forensic Anthropology. Dr. Passalacqua will present "How to be Successful in Human Skeletal Biology Graduate Programs." http://wcu.academia.edu/NicholasPassalacqua


In addition to the speaker presentations, the Conference will feature informational tables about the CSU Chico Anthropology Program, incuding the Chico Anhropological Society (CAS) and the Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA). We will be holding a raffle for some amazing prizes (featured on our Facebook page), and selling Conference T-shirts and Mugs.


Full schedule and other event details TBA! Please follow our Facebook page for news and updates: https://www.facebook.com/pg/chicoforensicconference/



Event Details

Registration: No advanced registration is required- this event is FREE and open to the public, so anyone is welcome to attend. There will be a welcome table at the event for you to sign-in and receive a name tag. Please contact us at chicoforensicconference@gmail.com if you need proof of attendance for funding or travel arrangements.

Directions: The Bell Memorial Union Auditorium is located on the southwestern edge of the Chico State campus, on West Second St in between Chestnut and Hazel. The Chico State campus can be accessed from either Highway 99 or Interstate 5. We recommend using GPS directions from your precise location, but some general guidelines are below. 

If traveling on I-5 (north or south), take exit 619 for CA-32 towards Chico. Continue on CA-32 East towards Chico for approximately 19 miles. Turn left onto West Second St, continue several blocks, and the BMU Auditorium will be on the left.

If traveling from CA-99 (north or south), take exit 385 for CA-32 towards Orland. Continue on CA-32 West / 8th St through Chico for 2 miles. Turn right onto Ivy St, then right onto West Second St. The BMU Auditorium will be on the left.

Parking: Unless otherwise marked, University parking is free on the weekends (no parking permit required). There are two University parking structures on Second St immediately across from the BMU Auditorium. There is an additional structure nearby on the corner of Ivy St and Second St. Metered city parking is widely available in the downtown area at the rate of $0.50/hr. 

Lunch: At the Conference, light refreshments (coffee and tea) will be provided during the morning sessions. Lunch is not provided at the event, but the Chico State campus and the BMU Auditorium are steps away from the downtown area, which includes a variety of reasonably-priced lunch options- we usually prepare a list of our favorites! There will be a long lunch break of 1.5 hours to allow plenty of time to enjoy your meal. 

Wi-Fi: Conference attendees may access the campus Wi-Fi as a guest. Simply connect to the "csuchico-guest" network and open a web browser to complete the authentication process. Please contact IT Support Services at 530-898-HELP for the current Guest Wireless password.


Suggested Accommodations

We recommend the Oxford Suites Chico, which has reserved a block of rooms for the nights of Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly and mentioning the Chico Forensic Conference in order to obtain the negotiated group rate.

Studio King Suites- $119/night
Studio Double Queen- $130/night

2035 Business Lane, Chico, CA 95928
(530) 899-9090



Support for the Conference


The Chico Forensic Conference is sponsored by the Department of Anthropology and the Anthropology Graduate Student Organization (AGSA). The event is made possible in part by a grant from the Associated Students of California State University, Chico.


Despite these generous contributions, the Conference relies upon community fundraising efforts to keep this event free and open to the public. If you would like to donate to the Conference, please visit http://www.csuchico.edu/giving/ to "Give a Gift" and select Annual Chico Forensic Conference under Gift Designation. Gifts are tax-deductible using the CSU Chico University Foundation tax ID number: 95-1230865.


2017 fundraising activities include:


  • Weekly "Burger at the Bear" Fundraiser at Madison Bear Garden, after the Anthropology Forum (every Thursday, 4pm, Ayres 120)
  • Chili's Fundraiser on Sept 6
  • Woodstock's Fundraiser - Trivia Night on Oct 18
  • Tabling On Campus in between Butte and Plumas Halls, the entire month of October (Mon - Thurs, 10am - 2pm)
    • Trivia Night tickets
    • T-shirts
    • Mugs
    • Raffle baskets


Information and updates about fundraising events will be posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/chicoforensicconference/






Starting in 1999, the graduate students of the Anthropology Department at California State University, Chico began hosting an annual forensic anthropology conference. The aim of the conference was to bring top names in the field of forensics to the college to share their knowledge with the local community. National and international presenters are brought in in order to partake in this event. After 2003 the conference took a four year hiatus. Then in 2007 AGSA brought back this tradition and has been offering the conference every year since.


For information regarding the history of the Chico Forensic Conference please visit Past_Conferences


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