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Dr. Sara Getz

From Birth to Old Age: Skeletal Changes Throughout Life

Did you ever wonder….Are the skeletons of babies just miniature adults? How did your bones change as you grew? Why do children heal faster than adults? What does your skeleton look like now? This presentation introduces changes in the skeleton from infancy to senescence, including what bones are, how they grow and develop, and how forensic anthropologists and bioarchaeologists can use them to estimate age.

Bones: Fact or Fiction? – The Real Forensic Anthropology

From 2005-2017, the one-hour drama series Bones featured a fictional Forensic Anthropologist who captured the imaginations and interests of the public and students alike. But, just how realistic is it? What is it really like to be a forensic anthropologist? Who are they, what do they do, and where can you find one? This presentation answers these questions and more.

What is “Forensics”? – Careers in the Forensic Sciences

The demand for trained forensic scientists and crime scene investigators is high and is only expected to increase in the future. Almost any discipline can now appear as a forensic specialty ─ forensic chemistry, forensic botany, forensic pathology, forensic entomology, forensic engineering, forensic odontology, forensic toxicology, forensic anthropology, forensic accounting, forensic nursing,
and the list goes on. As a result of increased public visibility, including the explosion of forensic science-based television shows, student interest has grown exponentially. At the same time, what “forensics” is and what it really takes to be a forensic scientist has never been less clear. This presentation discusses the realities of careers in the forensic sciences, including what these careers entail (and, more importantly, what they don’t), what skills are needed, and some common paths to get there.

State Standards

This presentation meets the following state education standards for high school students:

Social Studies

World History and Civilization

6-9.WHC.1.6.1 Describe types of evidence used by anthropologists, archaeologists, and other scholars to reconstruct early human and cultural development.