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Famed Forensic Anthropologist to Headline AGD Annual Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013


CHICAGO (Feb. 27, 2013)—World-renowned forensic anthropologist William Bass III, PhD, will be the keynote speaker for the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, held from June 27 to 30, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Dr. Bass will present the meeting’s opening session, “Death’s Acre: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist.”

“Dr. Bass is sure to captivate the crowd as he highlights forensic dentistry’s role in crime scene investigation,” says AGD President Jeffrey M. Cole, DDS, MBA, FAGD. “With an expertise built on years of experience in the field, he will present an opening session that no one will want to miss.”

Best known for his research on human osteology and decomposition, Dr. Bass began his research career in the 1950s as an archaeologist excavating Native American gravesites in the Midwest. Throughout his career, he has helped identify human remains for federal, local, and international authorities.

Dr. Bass is the founder and former director of the Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville—the world’s only laboratory devoted to the study of human decomposition. The FAC is popularly known as “the Body Farm,” a name used by crime author Patricia Cornwell. Her writings are inspired by Dr. Bass and his work.

Dr. Bass has described the Body Farm as “Death’s Acre”—also the title of the memoir on his life and career, which he co-wrote with journalist Jon Jefferson. Jefferson and Dr. Bass, under the pen name “Jefferson Bass,” also have collaborated on the Body Farm mystery novels.

Dr. Bass is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications, and he has been honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Though he is retired from teaching, Dr. Bass taught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and he still plays an active role at the University of Tennessee Anthropological Research Facility, which he founded.

During Dr. Bass’ keynote speech at the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, attendees will learn how genetics, anatomical configuration, racial traits, and the timing of tooth eruption all aid in human identification.

The opening session is free with meeting registration.AGD members and nonmembers can take advantage of early bird rates by registering for the meeting by April 26, 2013. Registration is free for all dental students, residents, and recent graduates!

Visit to register for the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits, or call 888.AGD.DENT (888.243.3368) for more information.

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