Forensic investigation is a largely misunderstood field. The work of civilian scientists versus police is governed by areas of specialty that are quite distinct from one another. In this lecture, Dr. Myriam Nafte will define the evolving field of police forensics with an overview of the protocols governing crime scenes, warrants, security, and the processing of physical evidence.
Because much of Nafte's research and training has been in the identification of human remains in various forms of trauma and/or decomposition, she has experience working alongside both police and forensic scientists as part of a team. Along with the important procedures, she will discuss some of the most challenging cases of her career.
Please Note: Some of the images used in this lecture are graphic and reflect past casework. The sole purpose of using these images is for teaching only. They are not to be posted on websites or shared through social media and/or text messages.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
As a forensic anthropologist, Myriam Nafte is an active advisor and consultant for criminal casework across North America. She received a Specialized Honours BA in Medical Anthropology from York University, a BEd degree in Science from Brock University, and completed an MA and PhD in Physical Anthropology at McMaster University.
Currently, Nafte is an instructor at McMaster University where she teaches upper level courses in health and illness. She continues to research the use of human remains as material culture, documenting their transition from cadaver to objects of power, identity and capital. Nafte is the author of numerous articles and books including Flesh and Bone: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology, Crime and Measurement: Methods in Forensic Investigation, The Skin of Murder Victims: Fingerprints and Other Evidence [editor], and the forthcoming Trophies and Talismans: The Traffic of Human Remains.