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Dr. Bill Bass, Creator of the "Body Farm," Will Speak Tuesday Evening at Pollard

July 23, 2004

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Bill Bass, forensic anthropologist and founder of the University of Tennessee’s “Body Farm,” will present An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology on Tuesday, July 27, at 6 p.m. This is the opening event of the 2004 Summer Science Series hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities at Pollard Technology Conference Center (, which is located at 210 Badger Avenue in Oak Ridge.

Dr. Bass is one of the nation’s leading forensic scientists, assisting with hundreds of cases for the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in his career. He will speak about actual crime scene investigations and how forensic science plays a key role in solving crimes. He will also be signing his 2003 book Death’s Acre: Inside the Body Farm (, which will be for sale at the event. In addition to his recent book, Dr. Bass has written or coauthored more than two hundred scientific publications.

The “Body Farm,” officially known as the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility (, was created by Dr. Bass in 1972. This outdoor laboratory is now home to hundreds of skeletons and enables the students and professional forensic anthropologists to learn more information about the human-decomposition process.

The Summer Science Series will continue on Tuesday, August 10, with lecturer Dr. Bob Ricks of the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Dr. Ricks is the director of the Radiation Emergency Assistance Center/Training Site ( and will be speaking about issues related to radiation emergencies.

All lectures in the Summer Science Series are free of charge and open to the public.

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