Career of the Month: An interview with Bone Detective Diane Franceby: Megan Sullivan

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We have all heard the expression, “eyes are windows to our souls.” Similarly, a forensic anthropologist might say “bones are windows to our lives.” When someone dies and their identity is unknown, skeletal clues can uncover who that person is and the circumstances surrounding their death. Using scientific techniques, these bone detectives help solve cases involving unidentified victims from crimes, fires, plane crashes, wars, and accidents. Forensic anthropologist Diane France views her work as a series of puzzles as she helps law enforcement, medical examiners, and families piece together hard cases.

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  • on Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:57 AM

This is an excellent short article about a forensic anthropologist. It tells how she got interested and the education needed for this career. It also shares some of her experiences and her very complicated and varied job.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Mar 08, 2011 9:42 AM

This article offers insight into the career of a forensic anthropologist. Topics within the article include a day in the life of a ‘bone’ doctor, why she chose this career, her most memorable experience, what education is needed, and advice from her to students and more. This is a neat way to introduce girls to science careers.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:17 PM

The column Career of the Month shows the wide variety of possibilities there are in the sciences. It is a great resource that teachers can share with their students. Every month a different scientist is asked the same questions: describe your field, why did you choose your field, what background is needed, what is your typical day, and what advice do you have for students. This month a forensic anthropologist is interviewed. She describes forensic anthropology as the application of science to legal questions. This career is perfect for students who enjoy anatomy and solving mysteries.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

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