Anthropology Lecture Series
of Anthropology is pleased to host prominent anthropologists from
around the nation for public lectures. Lectures are on Friday nights and
all members of the public are welcome to attend the FREE events.
April 4, 2014 at 6 pm
Lara McCormick, University of Western Georgia
Under the Microscope: the Use of Hard Tissue Histology in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology
This talk will describe the methods and theories behind microscopic bone analysis and its use in forensic anthropology and in examining health in ancient populations.
About the anthropologist:
Lara McCormick is a biological anthropologist with areas of interest in skeletal biology, forensic anthropology, and bioarchaeology. Her primary research interest is the microscopic examination of age-associated bone loss among individuals from ancient populations and its relationship to subsistence patterning and nutrition. She is currently working on establishing comprehensive methods of examining bone loss in past populations using multiple bone tissues from various areas of the skeleton that will allow for cross-population comparisons to both modern and past populations; allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the ubiquitous nature of bone loss in modern cultures. She has over fifteen years of experience with forensic anthropology and has had internships with the Los Angeles County Department of the Coroner, the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command at Hickam AFB in Hawaii. She has conducted forensic searches, recoveries, and skeletal analyses for multiple state and local law enforcement agencies in the United States. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University in 2013 and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia.