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Forensic Anthropology Focus of 6th Annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology


Forensic Anthropology Focus of 6th Annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology

The 6th Annual Lecture in Applied Anthropology is scheduled for Thursday, April 3, and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Ann Bunch, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the State University of New York at Brockport. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m., and will be in the Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Room 129.

This year’s lecture will focus on forensic anthropology, and Bunch will present, “Investigative Anthropology: Holistic Approaches to Case Resolution.” She will talk address the holistic approach used by anthropologists and how it can assist in investigations of “cold” criminal cases and of missing military personnel from past conflicts.  She will also talk about how the use of archaeological methods in the recovery of the purported remains location allows for a systematic and thorough search and well-documented collection of evidence.  Lastly, she will speak to the application of biological (physical) anthropological techniques to determine identity, traumatic injury, and any taphonomic changes that may have occurred can bring final resolution to missing persons cases.  Bunch will refer to international and local cases as examples of the utility of anthropological training in both military and criminal “cold” cases.

Bunch was a Forensic Anthropologist for the U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory at the Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii from 1994-2002. She has also been a Consultant for the Medical Examiner’s Offices in both Onondaga and Jefferson Counties. In addition to teaching at Brockport, she is also a Consultant and Faculty Mentor for the Syracuse University Project Advance Forensic Science Program.

She received her bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Wellesley College, and went on to earn both her master’s degree and doctorate degree from the University of Chicago. Bunch is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, an American Academy of Forensic Sciences Fellow, and the Henry F. Williams Associate for the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Her work has been published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Military Medicine.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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