Forensics Expert Coming To CMU

Finnegan presentation open to public March 26

One of the foremost forensic anthropologists in the country, Dr. Michael Finnegan, will speak at Central Methodist University on Wednesday, March 26.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Spalding Room of CMU's Inman Student and Community Center, and is open to the public at no charge. It is sponsored by CMU's Criminal Justice program and by the CMU Office of Advancement.

Finnegan is professor emeritus of anthropology at Kansas State University, and remains active as a consultant in the field. Forensic anthropology involves the study human remains to gather evidence that can be used in a legal proceeding. Many forensic anthropologists work with universities, while others work in law enforcement.

Finnegan has helped in the identification of downed American pilots in war zones, dissidents in Eastern Europe, and even the outlaw Jesse James. He has worked and lectured in Africa, Australia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

When Finnegan is called to a case, he determines the deceased's physical characteristics, establishes approximate time of death, and works with local authorities on his findings.

He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado, and held pre- and post-doctoral fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution. Finnegan is a Distinguished Fellow of and served as a Director and Vice President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

Finnegan taught and worked at Kansas State from 1973 until his retirement in 2011.


Posted March 25, 2014