?CSI: Rowan? ? Forensic Anthropology Students to Get ?Real-life? Lesson

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On Saturday, October 30, Rowan University students will assume the roles of crime scene investigators as part of a hands-on assignment for a Forensic Anthropology course taught for the first time this

On Saturday, October 30, Rowan University students will assume the roles of crime scene investigators as part of a hands-on assignment for a Forensic Anthropology course taught for the first time this fall at the University. The exercise will take place on the Rowan campus on the interior access road behind Rowan Hall just off of Joseph Bowe Boulevard.

For 10 weeks, 12 students have been studying forensic anthropological and archeological techniques used to uncover clues from crime scenes and to excavate human remains without disturbing forensic evidence. Now they will put their training into practice as they take on the real-life challenge of finding and identifying human remains and determining the circumstances surrounding that person's death.

After the remains are discovered, much like a scene from an episode of "CSI" or "Forensic Files," members of the New Jersey State Police from the Buena Vista Barracks will secure the area with crime scene tape and an ambulance will be on hand to transport the body-bagged remains to the "crime lab" for further investigation.

Rowan anthropology professors Dr. Diane Markowitz and Dr. Maria Rosado developed the Forensic Anthropology course in response to increasing student interest in the subject. In addition to course lectures, students participate in bone identification and archeological labs. They also have listened to Rowan professors Dr. John Hasse and Dr. Denyse Lemaire discuss how Geographic Information Systems (GSI) and soil sampling can help pinpoint locations and guest lectures from New Jersey State Forensic Anthropologist Donna Fontana and forensic odontologist (dentist) Dr. Allen Raden. Currently an upper-level seminar, the class will be offered in the spring as a general course with twice as many seats.

For more information on the forensic anthropology excavation or to arrange coverage, contact the Rowan University Relations Department at 856-256-4583.

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