Bone ID November 5, 2020

Target Audience: Law Enforcement, Coroner/ME staff, K9 Handlers, SAR Volunteers and any individuals involved in the recovery of missing persons.

Topics: The Bone ID workshop focuses on improving your ability to identify and interpret bones with particular attention to distinguishing human from non-human bone.  It will include access to a collection of human and non-human skeletal material and the expertise of a board certified forensic anthropologist.  You will learn how to make a tentative ID of a bone and how to recognize signs of weathering, scavenging, and human modification of bone. You will receive instruction on photographing bones in the field with the intent of sending the images to an expert for positive species identification. The Bone ID workshop tends to be a flexible workshop in which we can focus on your questions and tailor instruction to your needs.

Availability: Space is limited to 30 people.

Schedule: November 5, 2020 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Dayton, OH

Cost: $125

Meals: Lunch will be provided on site.

Guest Instructor: Cheryl A. Johnston, Ph.D. is a board certified forensic anthropologist and a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. She earned her doctoral degree at the Ohio State University in 2002 and is a lecturer in the Center for Life Sciences Education at OSU. In 2005 she joined the faculty at Western Carolina University where she designed and carried out the human decomposition research program at the Forensic Osteology Research Station (FOREST) an outdoor human decomposition facility. She is a former director of the FOREST and the Western Carolina Human Identification Laboratory (WCHIL). Dr. Johnston has worked as a consultant in forensic anthropology since 1991 for numerous agencies including the Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Macon, and Clay County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Departments, The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office Consumer Protection Division, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and numerous Ohio Coroners’ and Sheriffs’ Offices.  Her major interests in forensic anthropology are human decomposition and taphonomic processes, and methods of field location and recovery of human remains.


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