WU-FARU Forensic Anthropology Training Courses

The Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit offers specialized training courses specifically in forensic anthropology for professionals and students. These courses range from one to five days and cover both the recovery/field component of the discipline, as well as, the laboratory components including human osteology, the biological profile, trauma/taphonomy, and pathology. Courses are taught by board-certified forensic Anthropologist Dr. Alexandra Klales, D-ABFA, and other prominent forensic anthropologists.
  
Courses can be customized and privately scheduled for groups of ten or more. All courses are taught on the Washburn University campuses in Topeka, KS unless otherwise specified. On-campus housing is available at a reduced rate, see below for more information on getting to Topeka. For more information, contact Amy Zook at (785)670-2270 or email amy.zook@washburn.edu.

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Human Osteology Course

June 15-19, 2020

$650

The goal of this five-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the identification of human skeletal remains. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and siding fragmentary human bone, recognizing sub-adult remains, and understanding human skeletal anatomy. Participants will be introduced to normal human variation as well as taphonomic and pathological changes. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real bone fragments, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies. No osteological experience required.

This course has been approved for 35 hours of ABMDI and 38.5 hours of MO POST Continuing Education Hours.

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Human Skeletal Biology: Estimating the Biological Profile

June 22-26, 2020

$650

The goal of this five-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the current methods used to estimate the biological profile (age, sex, ancestry, stature) of unknown individuals. Participants will be introduced to the classic and newest morphological and metric methods of identification for each biological profile parameter. Some topics to be covered include osteometrics/digitizing, using and interpreting Fordisc, the Walker (2008)and Klales et al. (2012) sex methods, the Hartnett (2010) rib and pubis age methods, and newer programs like DSP, hefneR, Transition Analysis, and MorphoPASSE. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real skeletal remains, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies.

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Skeletal Trauma Analysis

June 29 - July 1, 2020
8am - 5pm

$350

This 3-day course focuses on the analysis and interpretation of skeletal trauma encountered in forensic contexts. Topics to be covered include: 1) understanding bone biomechanics, 2) recognizing the signatures of blunt force, sharp force, and high-velocity skeletal trauma, 3) distinguishing abnormal burned body patterns and associated trauma, and 4) differentiating trauma timing in order to distinguish actual trauma from pseudo-trauma and taphonomic factors. Training will also be provided on microscopic assessment of trauma. Guest Instructors include Dr. Erin Chapman and Mr. Christopher Rainwater.

This course has been approved for 20 hours of ABMDI and 20 hours of MO POST Continuing Education Hours.

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Fatal Fire Recoveries Course

July 27-31, 2020

$650

This course is designed to familiarize participants with the forensic anthropological methods employed to effectively and efficiently recover victims from fatal fires. The course will contain lectures focused on tissue and skeletal modifications created by fire and on state-of-the-art forensic archaeological recovery techniques. Participants will partake in a mock recovery of a burned vehicle fire using an animal proxy to gain experience in the search, documentation, and recovery of fatal fire victims.

This course was approved in the past for 35.5 hours of ABMDI and 35.5 hours of MO POST Continuing Education Hours in 2019. Courses have been re-submitted and are pending approval for 2020.