What happens when mysterious human remains are found in the woods? How are bodies identified, even after death and decomposition? Dr. Nici Vance provides a glimpse into the life of bones, bodies, and biological anthropology as she explains how skeletal remains are discovered, recovered, and analyzed for identification purposes. Dr. Vance also highlights the importance of DNA analysis in bringing closure to families of missing persons throughout the nation and what you can do to help.
The presenter is Dr. Veronica “Nici” Vance from the Oregon State Police Forensic Laboratory and the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office. Nici currently works in the Forensic Biology section of the crime lab, which analyzes biological evidence from homicides, attempted homicides, assaults, and high profile cases. The Oregonian recently profiled her work [hat tip to Amanda in comments!].
This science pub takes place at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne) from 7pm until 9pm, but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.