From the Body Farm to 9-11: Advances in Human Identification

Nashville, TN - Franklin Marriott Cool Springs

700 Cool Springs Blvd., Franklin, TN


Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 8:30am - 5:00 pm
CE Hours: 6 hours
Location: Franklin Marriott, Cool Springs - Nashville, TN

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Course Description: This course will allow the attendee to become familiar with both introductory and advanced practical applications of forensic odontology and anthropology. We will be encouraging participation by professionals in both fields as well as law enforcement, CSI staff, as well as medical examiners and death investigators. Specific cases will be presented to show the interdisciplinary involvement in many different fields. The attendee will be given an opportunity to see directly how research at the Body Farm has directly benefited forensic professionals in solving some of the most unusual crimes.


Course Presenters: Dr. Bill Bass, Dr. Michael Tabor, & Dr. Richard Weems

Dr. Bill Bass is Professor Emeritus at the University of Tennessee and is a world renowned forensic anthropologist, found of the ‘Body Farm’. Dr. Bass has served as chief forensic anthropologist for the State of Tennessee office of the Medical Examiner. He has testified in numerous high profile forensic cases and has lectured nationally and internationally. Since retiring from active teaching, he has authored over a half dozen fiction and nonfiction books with his cowriter Jon Jefferson.

Dr. Mike Tabor is Chief forensic odontologist for the State of Tennessee Office of the Medical Examiner since 1983. He is currently a consultant for TBI’s criminal investigation unit. He assisted NYC’s medical examiner in 2001 with the identification of victims from the World Trade Center. Having served as section chairman for the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and well as past president of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He has coauthored a chapter in Forensic Dentistry, Second Edition, published by CRC Press. Dr. Tabor has spoken both nationally and internationally on forensic dental identification. He has served as board member for the Tennessee Board of Dentistry for 15 years and was elected by his peers as 2004 Tennessee AGD’s Dentist of the Year. He has recently authored his first forensic novel, ‘Walk of Death’, based on true case files from a cold case murder that took over a decade to solve.

Dr. Richard Weems is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and received his DMD from the University of Alabama School of Dentistry in 1977. He returned to UAB to earn a Master's Degree in Dental Radiology in 1984, and has been a full-time dental educator since that time. Currently, he is Associate Professor and Director of the Maxillofacial CBCT Imaging Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry. Dr. Weems also served as a dental consultant to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences from 1990 until 2013 and currently serves as the Chief Forensic Dentist for the Jefferson County (Alabama) Coroner/Medical Examiner’s Office. He has investigated over 250 cases involving criminal human bite mark analysis and victim identification through dental remains resulting from homicide and accidental death. He is also the Region IV Dental Section Leader of the national mass disaster mortuary team, DMORT, and was deployed to the World Trade Center, as well as, Hurricanes Katrina and Ike to aid in victim identification. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Odontology. He was also recently elected as President-Elect of the American Society of Forensic Odontology. Dr. Weems has made numerous invited presentations and has published several chapters in textbooks relating to dental radiology, forensic odontology, forensic radiography, and co-edited the recently published, ASFO Manual of Forensic Odontology, 5th Edition by CRC Press.


Tuition:Tuition includes morning coffee and afternoon beverages.
*All tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Class space is limited; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration less than 10 business days prior to the course is subject to available space and the stated late registration fees.*


Registration Fees $199.00 - add $25 after 9/10


Dental Auxiliaries

Registration Fees $99.00 - add $25 after 9/10


Law Enforcement, CSI staff, etc.

          Registration Fee $99.00 - add $25 after 9/10

Parking: Complimentary self-parking

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