Travel Study Students Examine Criminal Investigations

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Travel Study Brings Students to Human ID Course in Criminal Investigations

Published: June 3, 2019.

Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, and Dr, Cynthia Misischia, Biology, traveled to the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center with 14 students to study Human Identification in Criminal Investigations. The students completed a 40 hour intensive course which covers: History of Anthropology, Human Osteology, Bone Biology, Decomposition, Sex Estimation, Age Estimation, Bone Histology, Ancestry Estimation, Stature Estimation, Pathology and Trauma--- culminating with skeletal group presentations to faculty and graduate students from the Anthropology Department at the University of Tennessee.

The program is an intensive course offered by FAC to select universities. Lewis University is one of only five colleges in the world to offer students this exceptional experiential learning opportunity.

Students who attended the trip included Jessica Anderson of Carpentersville, Laura Avalos of Blue Island, Edna Bustos-Magana of Chicago, Caroline Davis of Carol Stream, Natalie Dominguez of Princeville, Joshua Elias Agosto of Bolingbrook, Corey Hiller of Schaumburg, Stephanie Jarvis of Greenville, Wisc., Megan Kaminski of Choctaw, Okla., Hannah Krause of Mazon, Zitlali Montiel Martinez of Franklin Park, Sarah Quattrocki of Alsip, Julia Randich of Crestwood, and Marjorie Ureche of Plainfield.

In 2016, the first travel study group of students to the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center included David Wright and Seth Veloz, both graduates of Lewis University. Both Wright and Veloz are now employed as death investigators for the Will County Coroner’s office and point to the travel study at FAC as having a fundamental impact in changing their career paths.

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