Workshop offered: Human Skeleton in Forensic Anthropology and Medicine

Photo of a Skeleton against a gray background with words the Human Skeleton in Forensic Anthropology and Medicine Workshop, July 22-26, 2019

An intensive forensics workshop covering the analysis of human skeletal remains will be hosted by the University of Hawaiʻi’s John A. Burns School of Medicine in July and include instruction by UH West Oʻahu faculty members and fieldwork on the UH West Oʻahu campus.

UH West Oʻahu’s Dr. Jennifer Byrnes, an assistant professor of forensic anthropology, and Dr. William Belcher, an assistant professor of archaeology and board-certified forensic anthropologist, will help teach the workshop that is scheduled from July 22 to 26.  

Both Byrnes and Belcher have been involved as instructors for the workshop, which has won accolades from Western Association of Summer Session Administrators as the Best Non-Credit Summer Course in the Western United States.  

The application deadline for this year’s workshop is June 28 and is structured to suit the diverse needs and interests of teachers and professors, crime scene specialists, forensic pathologists and other medical legal specialists, physical anthropologists, archaeologists, anatomists, dentists, and police. Fees for the workshop are $525 for people applying before June 30 and $575 thereafter.

Applications consisting of a letter stating interest and an updated curriculum vitae or resume. Applications should be sent to Robert W. Mann, PhD and course director at Enrollment will be limited to about 45 participants.

The forensics workshop covers the analysis of human skeletal remains as they relate to forensic anthropology and forensic medicine. Workshop participants receive classroom and laboratory training at the Department of Anatomy, John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawaiʻi. Besides learning about human osteology and forensic anthropology the course also includes the archaeological recovery of human remains in a forensic setting. Last year students journeyed to the UH West Oʻahu campus to learn about, and participate in, a recovery simulation.

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