WU-FARU Forensic Anthropology Training Courses

The Washburn University Forensic Anthropology Recovery Unit offers specialized training courses specifically in forensic anthropology for professionals and students. These courses range from one day to two weeks and they cover both the recovery/field component of the discipline, as well as, the laboratory components including human osteology, the biological profile, trauma/taphonomy, and pathology. Courses are taught by board-certified forensic Anthropologist Dr. Alexandra Klales, D-ABFA, with guest lectures from other prominent forensic and biological anthropologists. Continuing education credits (e.g., ABMDI or MO Post) are available for some courses (see below).

Courses can be customized and privately scheduled for groups of ten or more. All courses are taught on the Washburn University campuses in Topeka, KS unless otherwise specified. On-campus housing is available at a reduced rate, see below for more information on getting to Topeka. For more information, contact Amy Zook at (785) 670-2270 or email amy.zook@washburn.edu.

Note: Because of COVID-19, some of the training courses listed below will be offered via remote instruction (either synchronous/live or asynchronous/at own pace). See course descriptions below for more details.
  
 

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Identifying Human vs. Non-Human Bone

June 14, 2021
$100

8am - 5pm Central
Online synchronous delivery

This online, synchronous course is designed for law enforcement officers and crime scene investigators that often need to distinguish human from non-human bones. This one-day course will include live lectures/Q&A sessions with Dr. Klales, online laboratory practicals, and mini-quizzes that will demonstrate how to differentiate human skeletal remains from non-bone materials and from non-human bones. No prior knowledge of human osteology is required.

Course requirements: 1) device (tablet, smartphone, computer, etc.) with reliable internet, microphone, and camera (only required for CE credits), 2) free Zoom account (available here: https://zoom.us/), and 3) valid email address to be added to the online course module hosted via the Washburn website (Brightspace Desire2Learn)

This course has been previously approved for 6.5 hours of ABMDI and 7.5 hours of MO POST Continuing Education (CE) Hours- 2021 CE hours pending re-application approval.

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Human Osteology

June 21-25, 2021
$650

Mon-Friday: 8am - 5pm Central

The goal of this five-day short course is to familiarize students and professionals with the identification of human skeletal remains. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and siding fragmentary human bone, recognizing sub-adult remains, and understanding human skeletal anatomy. Participants will be introduced to normal human variation, as well as, taphonomic and pathological changes. The course involves extensive hands-on opportunities with real bone fragments, supplemented by detailed lectures, presentations, and actual forensic case studies. No osteological experience required.

This course has been previously approved for 35 hours of ABMDI and 38.35 hours of MO POST Continuing Education (CE) Hours- 2021 CE hours pending re-application approval.

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Human Skeletal Biology: Estimating the Biological Profile

July 5-17, 2021
$450
Asynchronous online delivery

The two-week asynchronous short course is designed to familiarize students and professionals with the current methods used to estimate the biological profile (age, sex, ancestry, stature) of unknown individuals from their skeleton. Participants will be introduced to the classic and newest morphological and metric methods of identification for each biological profile parameter. Some topics to be covered include osteometrics/digitizing, using and interpreting Fordisc, the Walker (2008) and Klales et al. (2012) sex methods, the Hartnett (2010) rib and pubis age methods, and newer programs like DSP, hefneR, Transition Analysis, and MorphoPASSE. The course involves asynchronous web-delivery of readings and lectures videos recorded by Dr. Klales. Online laboratory modules allow for practical application of the materials using 3D bone models, real forensic case photos, and simulations. Dr. Klales will be available via online chat or Zoom calls at pre-determined times for assistance throughout the course; however, the course is designed so that participants in any time-zone or region can complete the course at their own pace over the two-week offering.

Course requirements: 1) device (tablet, smartphone, computer, etc.) with reliable internet, microphone, and camera (only required for CE credits), 2) free Zoom account (available here: https://zoom.us/), and 3) valid email address to be added to the online course module hosted via the Washburn website (Brightspace Desire2Learn)

This course has been previously approved for 33 hours of ABMDI and MO POST Continuing Education Hours- 2021 CE hours pending re-application approval.

 

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