Professional Short Courses Previously Offered

Idaho State University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory

Short Course in the Identification of

Human Versus Non-Human Bone

Sat. Aug. 10, 2019

Location: Idaho State University -  Pocatello, ID

Time: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Cost: $100 

Fee includes course manual, lunch, 7 hours of instruction, and certificate of completion

Continuing Education: Approved for 7 ABMDI CE credit hours. Idaho POST CE approval pending. 

Registration or questions: Contact Dr. Sara Getz

getzsara@isu.edu

Cell: 724-554-5119

Office: 208-282-2745

Course Description: This one-day course will familiarize law enforcement and medicolegal professionals with human and non-human skeletal remains frequently encountered in forensic contexts. Emphasis will be placed on identifying whether items are bone and, if so, determining if they are human or non-human.

 

The course provides 2.75 hours of lecture-based instruction with 4.25 hours of structured hands-on laboratory training with real human and non-human bone. Registration fee includes lunch, course manual, and certificate of completion.

 

Proceeds from this course will be used to support operating costs of the ISU Forensic Anthropology Laboratory to allow for continued access by coroners and law enforcement to free and low-cost services.

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, participants will be familiar with the: 

  • names and appearance of the major bones of the human skeleton

  • primary characteristics that distinguish human from animal bones 

  • bones most commonly confused with human remains in forensic settings

  • contact information for specialists to confirm bone identifications, deal with historic/archaeological remains, and perform forensic anthropological analyses

Printable Course Information: 

Click on the PDF icon to download a course flyer and syllabus. 

 **Photos simulated by the ISU-FAL using non-human bone and teaching specimens. No case photos are shown.**

An Idaho State University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory Short Course

Planning and Executing Searches for Human Remains

Course Description: This two-day course will familiarize law enforcement and medicolegal professionals with the components of effective outdoor searches for human remains. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for search planning and execution that can immediately be put into practice. The course provides 3.75 hours of lecture-based instruction with 8.25 hours of structured hands-on laboratory and field exercises with real human and non-human bone. Outdoor field exercise will include daytime pedestrian searches in two environments and a nighttime search using hand-held alternate light sources. 

Course fees are used to support operating costs of the ISU-FAL and to allow for continued access to free and low-cost services.

Learning Objectives: After completing this course, participants will be familiar with: 

  • types of pedestrian search patterns and the pros and cons of each

  • factors that structure search planning (e.g., purpose of search, manpower, expertise, scale, vegetation, terrain, time, equipment)

  • contributions of technology and other resources in a search (e.g., forensic anthropologist, cadaver dogs, probes, heavy machinery, ground penetrating radar)

  • appearance of the major bones of the human skeleton 

  • common dispersal patterns of human remains 

  • taphonomic bone modifications that influence the appearance of human remains

  • the use of a hand-held forensic (alternate) light source in nighttime searches

Schedule: 

April 10-11, 2020

Canceled due to COVID-19.

Location: Idaho State University -  Pocatello, ID

Time: Fri. 11:30-9:30pm

Sat. 8:30am-2:30pm

Cost: $150

Fee includes course manual, lunch, 12 hours of instruction, and certificate of completion

Max. enrollment: 16

Continuing Education: Approved for 12 hrs. Idaho POST and ABMDI credit. 

Registration Link:

https://isu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4SkFiIPwfg8hG1T

 Questions:

Contact Dr. Sara Getz

getzsara@isu.edu

Cell: 724-554-5119

Office: 208-282-2745

Printable Course Information

Click on the PDF icon

to download a course

flyer that includes the

syllabus and schedule.

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