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Bones Author speaks in New Orleans

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  Forensic anthropologist and author Dr. Kathy Reichs, whose life and Temperance Brennan novels inspired the Fox TV series Bones, is the keynote speaker at the 13th Annual Investigation for Identification forensic education conference Aug. 27-28 at the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans (921 Canal St.).

  Reichs, a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and a consultant for the Laboratoire des Sciences Judiciaires et de Medecine Legale for the province of Quebec, will address the conference at noon Aug. 28.

  The conference, sponsored by the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry, will address new techniques and advances in the forensic sciences, bite mark evidence in criminal investigations, how forensic anthropology can help police departments, crime scene investigation advances and more. It was designed for dentists, dental hygienists, physicians, nurses, attorneys, investigators, coroners, medical examiners and law enforcement.

  Other experts participating in the conference include criminologist Henry C. Lee; forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, host of HBO's Autopsy; computer forensics expert Sam Brothers; bite mark expert Dr. Robert B.J. Dorion, author of Bitemark Evidence; forensic odontology expert Christopher G. Fielding; forensic anthropologist Mary Manhein, director of the FACES Laboratory at LSU, and others.

  To register, or for information about continuing education credits for attending the conference, call 941-8193 or visit www.lsuforensics.org. — Kandace Power Graves

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