Lecture Series Continues March 6 at Galveston College


The first lecture series for the 2013 spring semester is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Center Wing. The lecture features Dr. Joan Bytheway of Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bytheway’s will give a presentation titled “Forensic Anthropology: From Grave to Prosecution”.

From her first forensic anthropology case of animal bones to the collection of evidence used in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein, Dr. Bytheway, has had quite a journey! She will introduce the audience to forensic anthropology and discuss some of her most interesting cases.

Dr. Joan Bytheway is a Physical and Forensic Anthropologist, is the Director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University, and an Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Department, at Sam Houston State University.

In January of 2005, as a member of an international forensic team in Baghdad, Iraq, she analyzed and documented hundred of cases of genocide in mass graves against the Kurds of Northern Iraq.

In 2008, under her directive, the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS) was opened at Sam Houston State University.  STAFS is a willed body donor facility conducting research in human decomposition and forensic anthropology.

Dr. Bytheway is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society of Forensic Anthropology and the Texas Professional Forensic Anthropologists. She has published in the American Journal of Forensic Sciences and the Forensic Science International Journal and is a Peer Reviewer for the American Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Bytheway consults on forensic anthropology cases for various counties in Texas.

Students and the general public are invited to attend.