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FAC Short Courses

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Note: Participants must be 18 years old or older to register and attend any course.

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods: May 31-June 3, 2016

Outdoor Recovery Course: June 6-10, 2016 and September 26-30, 2016

Comparative Osteology: June 13-15, 2016

Human Osteology: July 11-15, 2016

R Workshop: July 18-22, 2016

If course is full, please contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli at gvidoli@utk.edu for more information on short courses.

 

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods: May 31-June 3, 2016

This is an intensive course designed to enhance one’s knowledge in forensic recovery techniques. Various mapping techniques and equipment will be discussed and applied to an outdoor context. Participants will be responsible for the recovery of scattered and buried human remains at the Anthropology Research Facility.

This course is best suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physical and forensic anthropology that have experience with osteology.

Cost: $600
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Outdoor Recovery Course: June 6-10, 2016 and September 26-30, 2016

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This course is designed for medico-legal personnel that are actively involved in the recovery of human remains. Participants will be introduced to the role of the forensic anthropologist in a forensic investigation and how they can assist in the recovery of remains in an outdoor context. Topics covered include the basics of time since death determination and an introduction to new techniques available to law enforcement, the basics of insect collection and the use of entomological data, and forensic odontology. The archaeological approach to surface and burial recovery and the use of current technology available to aid in the recovery of human remains at the Anthropology Research Facility will be emphasized. (Note: The Outdoor Recovery course is POST certified for 24 CEU credits)

Pre-requisites: Participants must be gainfully employed in the medico-legal community. Medical Examiners, death investigators, law enforcement or other related fields will be considered.

**Please note, University Housing is NOT available for the September dates.

Cost: $1000
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Comparative Osteology: June 13-15, 2016

This is a hands-on laboratory course introduces participants to basic human osteology and differences with non-human skeletal elements.  The course will be mostly hands-on with daily quizzes and methods on how to distinguish human from non-human skeletal remains. The course is designed for students and law enforcement and focuses on how to distinguish human from non-human skeletal remains.  No previous knowledge required.

Cost: $375
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Human Osteology: July 11-15, 2016

This hands-on course introduces participants to human osteology and bone biology.  The course will offer an in-depth study of human skeletal remains, including fragmentary remains and dentition.  Participants will also be exposed to non-human osseous materials.  Daily quizzes will help participants track their progress and apply their knowledge.  The course is designed for students and educators who are interested in learning how to identify complete and fragmentary human bones.  No previous knowledge required.

Included:  Human Osteology: A Laboratory and Field Manual (2005) by W.M. Bass.

Cost:  $500
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R Workshop: July 18-22, 2016

Course participants will learn step-by-step procedures to use R and the codes to conduct specific statistical analyses. The course is designed for beginners; however, a basic understanding of statistics is required to adequately grasp the concepts that will be discussed. Following an introduction to R as a language and an environment, the statistical analyses that will be covered include: descriptive statistics, hypothesis testing (i.e. Student’s t-tests, chi-squared tests, ANOVA, etc.), linear and logistic regression, discriminant function analysis and principal component analysis.

For an additional cost of $75, an optional session is available on Friday, July 22, for 10 participants on a first come, first serve basis. You can bring your own data set and conduct your own statistical analyses and the Instructors will be there to interpret code and offer advice.

Cost: 4 day course $450
Cost: 5 day course $525
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If course is full, please contact Dr. Giovanna Vidoli at gvidoli@utk.edu for more information on short courses.

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