Anthropology January 2015 News Update

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Sources: Phoebe R. Stubblefield, PhD, Section Chair and
Angi M. Christensen, PhD, Section Secretary

Ann Ross is pleased to announce the new release of the software 3D-ID which is available at no cost. This release represents the collaboration and merging of Petra Urbanova’s datasets from Masaryk University, Czech Republic. As a result, there is good representation of European groups and the merged reference database includes over 2,000 individuals. 3D-ID can be downloaded at:

Kathy Reichs has been awarded the Silver Bullet Award for humanitarian service by the International Thriller Writers which will be presented in New York in July. She also received a humanitarian award from Charlotte Hadassah at a recent breast cancer research charity event. Kathy also announces that book 17 in the Temperance Brennan series (Bones Never Lie) was released this fall, and book 5 in the young adult Virals series (Terminal) will be released in March. The 200th episode of the TV show Bones was recently filmed, making it one of only 24 scripted shows in TV history to air that long. Congratulations, Kathy!

Please extend congratulations to our section award winners and join us at our business meeting (February 18) to recognize their achievements. The J. Lawrence Angel Award for 2014 was awarded to Lauren Pharr for her paper “Methods for Recognizing, Collecting, and Analyzing Vulture Evidence in Forensic Contexts Obtained through GPS Tracking and Long-Term Scavenging Research.” The honor of the 2015 T. Dale Stewart Award for his outstanding career, including his work in taphonomy human rights, goes to William Haglund. The Kerley Foundation has generously recognized Julie Fleishman with the 2015 Kerley Scholarship Award, and Dr. Rimantas Jankauskas of Lithuania with the International Travel Award. These Kerley award recipients, along with the winner of the 2015 Kerley award for a presentation of transformative research (to be selected at the 2015 meeting), will be recognized at our section reception on February 17. Congratulations to our winners!

In other news, Jennifer Prutsman-Pfeiffer successfully ran for coroner of Wyoming County, NY, on November 4. She had previously held the office as interim coroner and will now serve her own four-year term.

Bruce Anderson reports that the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) is pleased to announce that applications will soon be solicited for the 2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Anthropology. The anticipated start date is July 1, with the online application process being administered through the county website in the spring. Interested individuals are encouraged to meet with Bruce Anderson or Traci Van Deest during the Orlando meeting for more information on the position, or to visit the Academy message board to view the PCOME job announcement. This announcement will also be posted on the Employment Page of the Academy’s website.