Spring 2017 William M. Bass Legends in Forensic Science Lectureship featuring Dr. Bob Mann

The Unmasking of Clark Rockefeller

Monday, April 10, 2017, 6:30 pm - Student Union Ballroom

Dr. Robert Mann is a forensic anthropologist and adjunct professor (full) in the departments of anatomy and pathology at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) of the University of Hawaii. Prior to joining JABSOM, he was a forensic anthropologist and Deputy Scientific Director at the Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii from 1992 to 2008. Dr. Mann was the founding Director and primary instructor of the Department of Defense‚Äôs Forensic Science Academy from 2008 to 2014. His other positions include Assistant Morgue Director of the Shelby County Morgue, University of Tennessee School of Medicine (Memphis) and Anthropologist at the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC).  Dr. Mann received his BA and MA degrees at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and his PhD at the University of Hawaii.

Dr. Mann has examined more than 8,000 ancient and modern human skeletons from around the world.  He is one of 79 active anthropologists to qualify as Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and the first anthropologist to be inducted as a Fellow into the College of Physicians of Philadelphia in its 200-year history.  His research interests include anatomy, bone disease and trauma, skeletal anomalies and malformations, and normal variants of the human skeleton. He has completed more than 55 missions to recover the remains of U.S. service members and civilians listed as missing in action (MIA/POW) in Russia, Vietnam, Laos, Japan, Cambodia, Latvia, Belgium, Germany, Poland, and Lithuania, to name a few. 

Dr. Mann has assisted with the recovery and/or identification of victims of mass disasters including 9/11 and the Asian tsunami, commercial and military aircraft disasters, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, victims of serial killers Jeffrey Dahmer and Kendall Francois, and Civil War sailors recovered from the USS Monitor and CSS Hunley, among others.  He has written more than 120 scientific papers and articles and four books including Photographic Regional Atlas of Bone Disease, Photographic Regional Atlas of Non-Metric Traits and Anatomical Variants, Forensic Detective, and The Bone Book (in press).  He is a visiting professor, instructor, or lecturer at several medical schools and universities in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia.  Dr. Mann has testified as an expert witness in forensic anthropology in the U.S. and the Philippines.


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