William Bass, III, PhD
Full Name William Bass, III, PhD
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"World-renowned forensic anthropologist Bill Bass is the founder and former director of the University of Tennessee's Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC), known colloquially as “The Body Farm”—a two-acre compound where human remains are left to decay in various natural and controlled environments. At the FAC—the world's only laboratory devoted to the study of human decomposition—Bass's research has helped crime scene investigators determine, among myriad other details, the cause and time of death in cases where police are working with victims' skeletal remains. His research has also yielded unexpected results—for example, Bass found that the smell of cancer victims' corpses is distinctly different from the scent of victims of other natural causes, and that maggots feeding on the body of recreational drug users can be chemically distinguished from maggots feeding on abstainers. Along with Jon Jefferson, Bass is the author the New York Times best-selling Body Farm mystery novels, the latest of which is The Inquisitor’s Key, released in May 2012. Bass is also the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications and of a critically acclaimed memoir about his career titled Death's Acre. Bill Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education."

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Breakout Session—Death’s Acre: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist
Opening Session - Death’s Acre: Life as a Forensic Anthropologist