the television show CSI, forensic
medicine played a big part in victim identification and solving crimes. The
next Faculty Forum at Midwestern State University will have a touch of CSI as Kevin Clark, Assistant Professor
of Radiologic Sciences, will present “Forensic Age Estimation Using the Medial
Clavicular Epiphysis: A Study Review” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in Legacy
Hall’s Multipurpose Room.
says that forensic scientists often provide age estimations to court systems,
usually related to juveniles and adolescents involved in civil and criminal
proceedings who do not have valid birth date documents. Because the milestone
ages of 18 and 21 can determine asylum status (seeking legal protection from
persecution) or criminal accountability (deciding whether to prosecute as an
adult), accurate assessment of age in these individuals is critical.
care providers, along with forensic science personnel, use a physical and
dental examination and a hand X-ray to estimate a person’s age. Often, teeth
are missing or subject to disease, and the bones in the hand complete fusion in
a person’s early teens, leaving only a physical examination for professionals
to estimate ages.
imaging of the clavicle (collar bone) has increased in popularity in forensic
age estimation practices, especially for those who do not have valid
documentation of their birth date. The clavicle is the last bone in the human
body to complete fusion, starting the process in a person’s early teens and
completing fusion in the late 20s. Because fusion of the clavicle spans the
legally significant ages of 18 through 21, this practice is an important area
For the final Faculty Forum of
the semester, Dr. Andrew Allen will present “Bringing Music to Life:
Commissioning Classical Music” at 7 p.m. April 17, also in Legacy Hall’s
Multipurpose Room. Allen is Assistant Professor of Music.
Faculty Forum is a monthly
showcase for the research and creative endeavors of the Midwestern State
University faculty. It is an opportunity for the campus and Wichita Falls
communities to learn, engage, and sometimes discuss the novel ideas and
explorations of the talented individuals who teach, discover, and create at
MSU. Admission is free and open to all. Contact Price at firstname.lastname@example.org or 940-397-4288
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