We have another terrific program lined up for our May meeting. Dr. Diane France from the Human ID Lab of Colorado will present the program, Determining the Circumstances Surrounding Death. Please join us for networking, education, and inspiration via Zoom on May 13, starting at 6:30 p.m. (MST). Members will receive the link and password by email, groups.io, and our newsletter. Non-members, please send an email to email@example.com to request access.
Determining the Circumstances Surrounding Death
by Dr. Diane France, Human ID Lab of Colorado
Do you want to know how to write about the circumstances surrounding death, from sharp force trauma to blunt trauma to gunshot wounds? A forensic anthropologist is often called to determine the circumstances surrounding death of a body, and the key to successfully diagnosing trauma means that we have to understand how bone reacts to force. After this talk, you will understand, as well!
Dr. Diane France received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1983 with an emphasis on forensic anthropology and osteology. In 1989 the American Board of Forensic Anthropology certified her as an expert in forensic anthropology. She has been recognized as an expert by multiple Colorado district courts as well as in Wisconsin. She is an adjunct faculty member of CSU, and is the owner and director of the Human Identification Laboratory of Colorado, an independent laboratory.
Dr. France has experience in archaeological techniques, particularly as they relate to recovery of human remains and evidence from outdoor scenes. She is a member (since 1989) and past president of NecroSearch International, a volunteer multidisciplinary organization that assists law enforcement in the location of clandestine graves and the recovery of remains and evidence from outdoor scenes.
She has served almost 18 years on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and served for five years as its president. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and served as vice chairman and chairman of the Physical Anthropology Section of the AAFS. In 2010 she was awarded the T. Dale Stewart Award (the highest award given by the section). Dr. France served eight years on the Board of Trustees of the Forensic Science Foundation and served four of those years as its Vice Chairman. She also served as Chairman of the Research Committee for three years and has participated in the Research Committee for many years outside member since leaving the Board of Trustees in 2003. Dr. France is the chair of the Anthropology subcommittee of the Organization of Scientific Area Committees, and has been a member since 2014.
Dr. France is also the author of five professional books and numerous other publications and is under contract for additional books.
6:30-7:00 Networking, Introductions, and News
7:00-7:15 Mystery Minute by ZJ Czupor
7:15-8:15 or so: Program featuring our guest speaker
After Party: Stay after the program to mingle and visit.
Video from the latest
The winners of the 2020 RMMWA 6-Word Mystery Contest have been revealed!
Entrants submitted brief tales in five different categories. Finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, and winners by a vote of the RMMWA chapter membership.
Smooth talking lothario found tongue tied.
by Sue Hinkin
Read on for the finalists and winners in each category:
News and Notes
by Barbara Nickless
Like many writers, I am naturally an introvert. Which works out well, most of the time. We usually best find our words when we’re alone with our thoughts. (Although we may have to be generous with our concept of ‘alone,’ especially during a pandemic when kids and spouses are home with us.)
But even the most determined introverts long for occasional company, and for me, RMMWA provides that company par excellence. At the first meeting I attended long ago, I was immediately welcomed, offered encouragement, and given sage advice. The sheer amount of knowledge and experience sitting in the room every month (or joining in on Zoom), is astonishing. The monthly guest speakers add tremendously to that body of knowledge. If you want to learn about law enforcement, ballistics, forensics—all things crime—you’ll find it here. read more…
by ZJ Czupor
Forgetting is an Integral Part of Remembering
Perhaps you know this story: an unconscious man is picked up out of the Mediterranean Sea by Italian fishermen. He has two gunshot wounds in his back. A frame of microfilm has been implanted in his hip. His face has been altered by plastic surgery. He suffers from retrograde amnesia, meaning he has memory loss for past information, events, even his name. After he recovers his health, he races off to elude assassins while attempting to regain his memory and his identity.
That, of course, is the plot line for The Bourne Identity, (Ricard Marek, publisher), the 1980 spy thriller by Robert Ludlum read more…