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VIDEO: Collaborative Summer Forensics Course wins WASSA Award for JABSOM, UHWO and Outreach College
Pictured, an image from the course, showing skeletal remains used to simulate a human burial at UH West Oʻahu.
The University of Hawaiʻi (UH) John A. Burns School of Medicine, the UH Mānoa (UHM) Outreach College and UH West Oʻahu collaborated to create a first-of-its-kind Forensics Workshop in July 2017, and the effort has earned UH an award from the Western Association of Summer Session Administrators (WASSA). The course was recognized with the WASSA award for the best non-credit course.
The “Human Skeleton in Forensic Anthropology and Medicine” workshop was hosted through the UH Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at Kakaʻako, UH Mānoa Outreach College and the University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu (UHWO).
“I want to acknowledge Adjunct Anatomy Professor Robert “Bob” Mann, who initially conceived the idea and whose commitment made the course happen,” said Scott Lozanoff, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Anatomy, Biochemistry & Physiology at JABSOM. Dr. Lozanoff also singled out Sandra von Doetinchem of the UHM Outreach College for providing outstanding leadership, and the faculty and staff at UH West O’ahu for their expertise and collegiality. “Without them, this success would not have been possible!” Lozanoff added.
About the course:
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The workshop was divided into two components: 1) human osteology and forensic anthropology (4 days); and 2) field recovery of skeletal remains in a forensic setting (1 day). Working individually and in small teams, students analyzed a known-identity human skeleton and compiled a biological profile consisting of the individual’s age at death, sex, ancestry, stature, bone disease, and trauma.
The primary instructors were Dr. Robert Mann (Course Director & Forensic Anthropologist), Dr. Bill Belcher (Forensic Anthropologist), Dr. Jennifer Byrnes (Forensic Anthropologist), Dr. David Haymer (Forensic DNA Scientist), Mr. Steven Labrash (Anatomical Specimen Specialist), Dr. Scott Lozanoff (Anatomist).
Instead of college credit, the course offered certificates to each student upon successful completion of the course.
The “gold standard” of collaboration among UH campuses
Mahalo to Greg Wiles at UHWO for contributing to this report.