From the Body Farm to 9-11: Advances in Human Identification
(in conjunction with UAB School of Dentistry)


Featured Speakers

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Dr. Bill Bass

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Dr. Murray Marks

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Dr. Michael Tabor

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Dr. Richard Weems


Sponsors

Benco logoDelta Dental logo

Dates and Times

  • Saturday, September 13, 2014
  • 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (CST)

Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
9:15-10:30 a.m. Speaker # 1
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-12 p.m. Speaker # 2
12-1:30 p.m. LUNCH (on own)
1:30-2:45 p.m. Speaker # 3
2:45-3:00 p.m. BREAK
3-4:15 p.m. Speaker # 4
4:15-4:45 p.m. Question and Answer Session
4:45-5:00 p.m. Meet and Greet

Location and Parking

Location: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd.
Franklin, TN 37067

Parking: Self-serve & Complimentary

Tuition and Course Credit

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.* 6 hours course credit.

Dentists

  • Standard Registration Fee $ 199.00
  • Late Registration Fees (after Aug. 28) $224.00

Dental Auxiliaries

  • Standard Registration Fee $ 99.00
  • Late Registration Fees (after Aug. 28) $124.00

Law Enforcement, CSI staff, etc.

  • Standard Registration Fee $ 99.00
  • Late Registration Fees (after Aug. 28) $124.00

UT & UAB Faculty & Staff Registration Fees

  • $99 for faculty and $75 for staff

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. Murray Marks, Dr. Michael Tabor, & Dr. Richard Weems

About The Featured Speakers

Dr. Bill Bass

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.
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Dr. Murray Marks

Dr. Murray Marks is a forensic anthropologist with specialized training in odontology. He has taught numerous FBI agents in field of clandestine grave recovery. He has served as Vice President of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. He is a visiting professor to the university of Western Australia and Boston University. His research consists of skeletal and dental biology and histology, forensic anthropology and the osteology of child abuse. Dr. Marks is published in journals, book chapters and coauthor of ‘Computergraphic Facial Reconstruction’.
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Dr. Michael Tabor

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.
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Dr. Richard Weems

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.
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Course Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors! Delta Dental of Tennessee & Benco

Online Registration

*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.*


The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

The UAB School of Dentistry designates this activity for 6 hours continuing education credits.