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Dr. Bill Bass, Founder of UT’s Body Farm, to Speak Tuesday Evening at Free, Public Lecture

July 21, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Dr. Bill Bass, forensic anthropologist and founder of the University of Tennessee Body Farm, will present An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology: Anderson County Cases on Tuesday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m. This lecture is the fourth in the 2005 Summer Science Series, hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities at Pollard Technology Conference Center.

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 occurring right here in Anderson County and the surrounding region, focusing on how forensic science plays a key role in solving crimes. Dr. Bass was one of the most popular lecturers on the 2004 Summer Science Series lineup and agreed to return at the request of many of the attendees to focus in on some of the most challenging and memorable cases in this area.

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 co-authored more than two hundred scientific publications.

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

The Summer Science Series will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, with lecturer Dr. Paul Gilman, founding director of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies, who will present The Capabilities and Benefits of ORCAS.

All lectures in the Summer Science Series are free of charge and open to the public. All events in the Summer Science Series will be held in the auditorium of Pollard Technology Conference Center, which is located at 210 Badger Ave. in Oak Ridge. Light refreshments will be served.

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