Forensics

Dates: July 14th-25th

Cost: $1,200

This year’s Forensics module focuses on forensic anthropology.  A body was found dumped in a shallow grave in the Fairbanks area.   First, we will assume the role of crime scene investigators.  Our task as crime scene investigators will be to scour the area for trace evidence and to collect and secure it for processing in the forensics lab.

Next, we will switch roles to become forensic lab scientists.  We will examine the evidence collected and try to determine the identity of the victim and the cause of death.  Then, we will send the evidence and our findings to the proper authorities who will determine if there is enough evidence for an arrest.

We will have several guest presenters and take multiple field trips, including to the Alaska State Troopers’ station, the UAF police station, and the UAF Anthropology Lab.

If you like puzzles, come play in the dirt with us!


Instructors

Michele Bifelt

‘Chele Bifelt is a 37 year veteran of Alaska’s public schools. Having taught in several small villages, she has taught “everything except woodshop and PE” and is currently teaching Chemistry, Chem Tech and Life Science at North Pole High School. 

“I love the problem solving aspects of science, and that is what forensics is all about.  My background is biology, chemistry and art. I can use these skills to look at the different pieces of a forensic puzzle and make the connections to solve the puzzle.  I really like that our module can have a different kind of crime scenario each year, and we can still practice all of the different forensic skills.”

Sandra Call

Sandy is a graduate student at University of Alaska Fairbanks pursuing a M.S. in Anthropology. She has earned a B.A. in Anthropology in conjunction with a certificate in Applied Forensic Anthropology from University of Hawai'i, West Oahu. Sandy also participated in a year long internship at JPAC-CIL (Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command-Central Identification Laboratory); a skeletal laboratory whose mission is to locate, recover, and identify remains of soldiers from past conflicts. Sandy has training in skeletal biology and taphonomy with a strong emphasis on human identification. Sandy's interest include skeletal identification of subadult remains and radiographic comparison. She is very excited to work with the students on ASRA and encourages them to be inquisitive.

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