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Forensics team doing human rights work in Cyprus
Post date: 2015-11-23 15:31

A forensic anthropology team from Mercyhurst University is in Cyprus this week teaching archaeological recovery methods to membersof the Committee for Missing Persons (CMP) in Cyprus.

Dennis Dirkmaat, chair of applied forensic sciences at Mercyhurst, who is well known for his application of archaeological protocols to the recovery of human remains from outdoor scenes, and team members Luis Cabo-Perez, Alexandra Klales and Kathi Staaf are in Cyprus Nov. 23-27.

9/11 forensic scientist, Mercyhurst students assisting in Akron plane crash investigation
Post date: 2015-11-12 15:23

During the past two decades, forensic anthropologist Dennis Dirkmaat assisted at some of the most devastating plane crashes in the United States, including the crash in a Pennsylvania field where United Airlines Flight 93 went down in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Symes, students seek evidence in human rights case
Post date: 2015-11-10 13:06

Less than a year after a Mercyhurst University forensic anthropologist and two of his students were on the front lines of what has been described as “the biggest human rights case in recent history” – the kidnapping and alleged murder and incineration of 43 college students in Mexico – they are back looking for evidence in a related case.

MAI faculty presenting paper at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference
Post date: 2015-10-26 14:14

Dr. Ed Jolie and Dr. Frank Vento, Mercyhurst Archaeological Institute (MAI), will be presenting a paper at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Memphis, TN this November along with co-authors Rex Weeks, Tennessee State Museum, and Joseph Benthall, Tennessee Division of Archaeology (retired).  Their paper, “Perishable Artifact Analysis and Archaeological Prospection: Discoveries among the Jack W. Pickett Collection from Ravens Cliff,” discusses results from recent analysis conducted at MAI of the Pickett Collection donated to the Tennessee State Museum in 2014.

Mercyhurst professor discusses "Prehistoric Erie''
Post date: 2015-10-21 11:10

Scott McKenzie wraps up a successful 'ROCKTOBER' at Mercyhurst University!

Second Mercyhurst anthropologist makes key discovery in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind
Post date: 2015-10-21 10:42

Just weeks after Mercyhurst University anthropologist Heather Garvin gained international attention for being on the team of scientists to discover a new species of human ancestor in South Africa, Homo naledi, Mercyhurst forensic anthropologist Steven Symes h

Students Present Research at Professional Conferences
Post date: 2015-10-07 15:02

            Two graduate students in the Department of Applied Forensic Sciences have represented Mercyhurst University by presenting at professional conferences. Ashley Shade presented a project titled “Morphological Secular Change in the Pelvis of Adult White U.S. Males” at the Forrest, Lakes, and Grasslands conference in Roscommon, Michigan at the end of September 2015. This presentation was a portion of a joint class research project between Ashley Shade and Danielle Chapman under the direction of Dr. Stephen Ousley.

Meet 3 Erie women archaeologists
Post date: 2015-10-05 13:52

For most people, exposing, recording and recovering buried material is often associated with a romantic treasure hunt often seen in the movies. But some Erie women are blazing the trail for women archaeologists and making marks across the globe.

New NIJ grant to enhance biological profile studies
Post date: 2015-10-05 10:53

When called upon to generate a biological profile (age, sex, stature, ancestry) from skeletal remains, forensic scientists at Mercyhurst University are getting some much needed support, thanks to a new grant from the U.S. National Institute of Justice (NIJ).


October ROCKS at Mercyhurst
Post date: 2015-09-30 14:25

Flash back and discover the nightmarish creatures that once inhabited Erie; flash forward and delve into the mysteries of our celestial neighbors when Mercyhurst University geologists Scott McKenzie and Nick Lang present ROCKtober.