Annual Chico Forensic Conference

The focus of the forensic anthropology program at CSU, Chico has been to apply skeletal and biological principles and techniques to the identification of skeletal and/or badly decomposed remains. By assisting agencies and individuals throughout the country the program additionally fosters a learning environment in which faculty, staff, and students cooperate in learning and teaching. The 2017 Forensic Anthropology Conference is the 14th such conference organized through the efforts of the graduate students of CSUC since 1999. The physical anthropology graduate students invite each of the speakers, and importantly, coordinate all fundraising efforts to facilitate the conference.

Past Programs

13th Annual Conference (2016)

Dr. Catherine Bird

Florida Institute of Forensic Anthropology and Applied Science (IFAAS), University of South Florida

"Beyond Skeletal Biology: Micro- and Macro-level of Identity of Unknown Decedents in Medicolegal Settings"

Dr. Kyra Stull

University of Nevada, Reno

"Improving the Subadult Biological Profile: Age and Sex Estimation"

Dr. Mary Megyesi

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Central Identification Laboratory

"Applied Archaeology in Worldwide Recoveries"

Dr. Jane Buikstra

Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change

"Stronger Together: Forensic Anthropology and Bioarchaeology"

Organizers: Matthew Bond, Maria Cox, Martha Diaz, and Sarah Hall

 


 

12th Annual Conference (2015)

Dr. Richard Scott

University of Nevada, Reno

"A New Method of Ancestry Estimation from Tooth Crown and Root Morphology"

Dr. Angela Soler

New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

"Crisis at the US/Mexico Border: Applying Physical Anthropology to the Investigation of Undocumented Migrant Deaths"

Dr. Dawnie Steadman

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"The Application of Anthropology in Human Rights Investigations"

Dr. Jennifer Love

Forensic Anthropologist, District of Columbia

"Avenues that Lead to a Positive Identification"

Organizers: Derek Boyd, Laura Cirillo, and Heather MacInnes

 


 

11th Annual Conference (2014)

Dr. Marin Pilloud

University of Nevada, Reno

"Dental Variation in Forensic Anthropology"

Dr. Elizabeth Di Gangi

Binghamton University

"Lo que pasa es que: The Practice of Forensic Anthropology in Colombia"

Dr. Bradley Adams

New York Office of the Medical Examiner

"Welcome to the Big Apple: Forensic Anthropology in New York City"

Lesley Chesson, M.S.

IsoForensics, Inc.

"CSI: Crimes Solved with Isotopes"

Organizers:

 


 

10th Annual Conference (2013)

Dr. Sharon Derrick

Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences

"It's About the Boys: Identifying the Teen-aged Victims of the 1973 Houston Mass Murders"

Dr. Todd Fenton

Michigan State University

"Pediatric Cranial Fracture Initiation, Propagation, and Interpretation"

Dr. Joseph Hefner

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL)

"Hooton and the Harvard List: The Evolution of Morphoscopic Traits and Ancestry"

Christopher Hopkins

University of California, Davis

"The Long Arm of Science: How Forensic Science is Used to Solve Crimes After the Evidence has Been "Destroyed" "

Organizers:

 


 

9th Annual Conference (2012)

Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat

Mercyhurst University

"New Perspectives in Forensic Anthropology"

Dr. Krista Latham

University of Indianapolis

"Twisted: A Closer Look at Forensic DNA Analysis"

Dr. Angi Christensen

Federal Bureau of Investigation, Laboratory Division

"Forensic Anthropology at the FBI Laboratory and Skeletal Blast Trauma"

Dr. William Belcher

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command

"The Archaeology and Anthropology of a 1942 World War II-era Mass Grave in the Pacific"

Organizers:

 


 

8th Annual Conference (2011)

 


 

7th Annual Conference (2010)

Dr. Bruce Anderson

Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

"Assessing Ancestry from Skeletal Remains in Medicolegal Cases: When Not to Do So"

Dr. William C. Rodriguez III

Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

"The Forensic Anthropological Investigation of "Vampires": Lore and Legend"

Dr. Kate Spradley

Director of the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF), Texas State University

"Forensic Identification of Individuals Involved in U.S./Mexico Border Crossing Fatalities"

Dr. Dawnie Steadman

Binghamton University

"The Role of Forensic Anthropology in Human Rights Investigations"

Organizers:

 


 

6th Annual Conference (2009)

Dr. Brad Adams

Chief Office of the Medical Examiner, New York

"Case Work at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in NYC, NY"

Dr. Steven A. Symes

Mercyhurst College

"Burned Bone Analysis"

Roland Wessling

Research Officer in Forensic Archaeology, Cranfield University, United Kingdom

"Differential Decomposition Rates in Mass Graves"

Dr. Jason Wiersema

Harris County Medical Examiner

"Case Work at the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office in Houston, TX"

Organizers:

 


 

5th Annual Conference (2007)

Dr. John Byrd

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL)

Topic: JPAC Case Work

Dr. Todd Fenton

Michigan State University

Topic: Visual Imaging

Dr. Allison Galloway

University of California, Santa Cruz

Topic: Taphonomy

Dr. Steven Ousley

Mercyhurst College

Topic: FORDISC III

Dr. Steven Symes

Mercyhurst College

Topic: Trauma

 Organizers: Carrie Brown, Kyle McCormick, and all members of AGSA

 


 

4th Annual Conference (2003)

Dr. Dennis Dirkmaat

Mercyhurst College

Dr. Hugh Berryman

Regional Medical Examiner Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Sharon Pagaling-Hagan

Criminal Profiler, California Department of Justice

Dr. Marcella H. Sorg

University of Maine

Organizers: Ben Figura, Renee Kosalka, Mitchell Keur, Carolyn Orbann, and Tamara Leher

 


 

3rd Annual Conference (2001)

Clark Davenport

Forensic Geophysicist, Necro Search, Denver, Colorado

Ian Hanson

Forensic Archaeologists, UNICTY

Dr. Jerry Melbye

University of Toronto, Canada

Dr. Morgan Sauer

Michigan State University

Dr. Steven Symes

Regional Medical Examiner Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Roland Wessling

Forensic Archaeologist, UNICTY

Organizers: Ben Figura, Renee Kosalka, Mitchell Keur, Carolyn Orbann, and Tamara Leher

 

 


 

2nd Annual Conference (2000)

Dr. David Glassman

Texas State University, San Marcos

Dr. Lee Goff

Entomology, University of Hawaii, Honolulu

Dr. Robert Mann

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL)

Dr. Tal Simmons

Western Michigan University

Dr. Steven Symes

Regional Medical Examiner Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Organizers: Eric Bartelink, Gina Hart, Tamara Leher, James Mangold, Rebecca O'Flaherty, Carolyn Orbann, and Jason Wiersema

 


 

1st Chico Forensic Conference (1999)

Dr. Thomas Holland

Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, Central Identification Laboratory (JPAC-CIL)

Paul Sledzik

Curator, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology

Dr. Steven Symes

Regional Medical Examiner Center, Memphis, Tennessee

Dr. Douglas Ubelaker

Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C.

Organizers: Amy Zelson-Mundorff and Laura Morris

 
 
 
 
 
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