Renowned Forensic Scientist To Speak Feb. 6

Feb. 4, 2003

On the hit television show "CSI," scientist Gil Grissom often consults with a forensic anthropologist about skeletal remains. Forensic scientist Mike Finnegan will talk about some of his experiences as a forensic anthropologist at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, in Roxy Grove Hall on the Baylor University campus. The lecture, "Forensic Anthropology Experiences: Service to Humanity with Humor," is free and open to Baylor faculty, staff and students.

Finnegan, who earned his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Colorado, is professor and coordinator of anthropology at Kansas State University and held pre-and postdoctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution. He serves as a fellow and current vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is past president of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology Inc.

He has published numerous articles on theory, method and application of skeletal analysis in population studies and forensic applications and has conducted research in Africa, Australia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe, as well as various areas of North and South America.

Finnegan is a recipient of the Kansas attorney general's Certificate of Merit in recognition of outstanding service rendered to law enforcement in and for the state of Kansas by a private citizen, the William L. Stamey Teaching Award in undergraduate instruction, the John C. Hazelet Award as the outstanding member of the Kansas division of the International Association for Identification, the Bartucz Lajos Award from University of Szeged, Hungary, and the T. Dale Stewart Award in physical anthropology by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

For more information on the lecture, call 710-4288.

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