UW-Platteville Forensic Anthropology Laboratory (UWP-FAL)
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Forensic Anthropology Laboratory is currently under development. During this time, Dr. Getz is available for case consultations and analysis, including the evaluation of photos by text or email for forensic significance and the field recovery of human remains. Assistance with skeletal analysis of remains can be conducted off-site at this time. All casework will be externally peer reviewed by a board certified forensic anthropologist. Professional references and sample reports are available upon request.
Photos sent for evaluation of forensic significance (e.g., human versus non-human bone) by text or email typically receive a reply within 2 hours.
Once the laboratory is operational, trained faculty and advanced students in the Dept. of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences are able to apply to assist with casework in preparation for relevant forensic cases or professional development. All interested individuals must submit an volunteer application packet and complete several training sessions. The volunteer packet includes a Case Participation Request form, Laboratory Code of Ethics, and Confidentiality Agreement. Trainings cover evidence handling and laboratory protocols, general laboratory safety, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), working with bloodborne pathogens, and common chemical hazards, and expectations in the field. These forms and trainings help to ensure the integrity of our work and maintain a standard of safety in the field and laboratory. Additional supervised, hands-on training in the field and laboratory is also required.