Applied forensic sciences delivers strong showing at AAFS

Faculty, students and alumni of the Mercyhurst College Applied Forensic Sciences Department were well represented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting held recently in Seattle, Wash.

In all, three faculty, Drs. Dennis Dirkmaat, Steven Symes and Stephen Ousley, five graduate students and nine alumni combined to present one workshop, two papers and eight posters.

Symes co-chaired the workshop: “Taphonomy of Bone Destruction: Information Lost, Information Gained.” He was assisted by Elizabeth Daly, Alexis Dzubak, Alexandra Klales and Allison Nesbitt.

Symes and Dirkmaat presented a paper on the “Forensic Archaeological Recovery of the Victims of the Continental Connection Flight 3407 Crash in Clarence Center, New York.” Mercyhurst faculty Luis Cabo-Peréz also served as co-author. Ousley was lead contributor on a paper called “Craniometric Variation in South African and American Blacks.”

Joining faculty in poster presentations were: Ana Del Alamo, Christina Fojas, Kalan Lynn, Rebekah Baranoff, Michael Kenyhercz, Kyra Stull, Kathryn Frazee, Jennifer Vollner and Nicholas Passalacqua.

In addition, alumna Dominique Semeraro co-moderated a paper session on Skeletal Trauma and Pathology with Dirkmaat.
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