Graduate assistant: Forensic Anthropology Laboratory
In 2014-2015, Emily served as the lead graduate assistant and laboratory manager in the Michigan State University Forensic Anthropology Laboratory. Responsibilities included communicating with medical examiner’s offices and law enforcement agencies, osteological processing and analysis, and report writing. She coordinated with the other graduate analysts and the lab director to manage casework and perform analytical administrative reviews. She has been a graduate analyst prior to and following her time as lab manager, co-authoring about 50 forensic case reports, the majority personal identifications based on comparative medical radiography.
Research Assistant: Pediatric Cranial Fractures
From 2012 to 2014, Emily worked as a research assistant for Dr. Todd Fenton, Dr. Anil Jain, and Dr. Roger Haut on their collaborative NIJ Grant: Pediatric Fracture Printing: Creating A Science of Statistical Fracture Signature Analysis. Responsibilities included dissection and maceration (defleshing) of impacted porcine skulls and fracture pattern data collection. Portions of this research were presented at the 2014 American Academy of Forensic Sciences Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The results of these tests were later published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, DOI: 10.1111/1556-4029.12939.
Teaching Assistant: MSU Department of Anthropology
In Fall 2016, Emily was the teaching assistant for a general social sciences course, World Urban Systems (ISS320). Responsibilities included writing multiple choice test questions, administrative tasks, and guest lecturing.
In spring 2014 and spring 2016, Emily’s teaching assistant position was in Forensic Anthropology and Osteology (ANP441). Responsibilities included guest lecturing in class, developing and teaching labs to students over the course of the semester (class size of 60), writing study guides and exams, and grading exams.
She assisted in summer 2014 with Forensic Anthropology and Osteology Study Abroad in London program, with a class size of 22 MSU undergraduate students. Responsibilities included living in the flats with the students to serve as a residential advisor, in addition to teaching osteology labs when the program traveled to visit Bournemouth University.
Emily was a TA in 2010-2011, assisting in an introductory-level lecture class each semester. Responsibilities included attending class and taking notes, writing study guides and multiple-choice exams, holding study sessions for students, and administrative tasks. She guest-lectured once for each course.
Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Central Identification Laboratory Forensic Science Academy
The JPAC FSA is an 18-week fellowship geared towards advanced doctoral students. It is a both a training program and a recruitment tool for JPAC’s Central Identification Laboratory. Emily participated in the sixth annual FSA along with three other fellows in the fall of 2013. The course included diverse lectures and hands-on training and research, including participation in a live field mission to the Soviet Republic of Vietnam and attending the Khon Kaen University Forensic Osteology Workshop in Thailand. During their visit to Khon Kaen University, Emily presented at the Forensic Osteology Workshop V. The results of her research at Khon Kaen were presented in 2014 at the Michigan State University Graduate Academic Conference and won first place in the ten minute presentations category.
Nubian Bioarchaeology Laboratory
The MSU Nubian Bioarchaeological collection represents the skeletal remains of about 400 individuals from medieval Nubia in modern Sudan. It is at MSU on long-term loan from the British Museum. Since 2010, Emily’s hours and responsibilities have varied. From 2012 through the present, data collection in this lab has been sporadic and project-based. Emily’s research collected long bone measurements to develop appropriate stature equations for Nubian skeletal collections. The results of this research were presented at the 2014 American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting.
During academic year 2011-2012, Emily assisted Carolyn Hurst Isaac (PhD, 2013) with her dissertation data collection on all subadult remains, including inventory, age, and metric measurements. In 2010-2011, she assisted with Angela Soler’s (PhD, 2011) dissertation data collection, including inventory, age, sex, dental data, and metric measurements for all adults. She also led a team of three new undergraduates in cleaning and curating an additional portion of the collection. In summer 2010, Emily volunteered full-time, cleaning, labeling, and curating the newly-arrived collection.
Cultural Heritage Informatics Graduate Fellowship
The Cultural Heritage Informatics Fellowships offer MSU graduate students the theoretical and methodological skills necessary to creatively apply digital technologies to cultural heritage materials. This fellowship lasts an academic year, during which fellows are “in residence” at MATRIX: The Center for the Humane Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences Online. Over the course of the year, students develop an innovative cultural heritage informatics project. Emily was a fellow during academic year 2011-2012, summer 2012, and pursued further development in summer 2013. Emily’s major project, Talus, is a mobile application for the creation of a biological profile from human skeletal remains. It is also available for download on Google Play.
MSU Division of Human Anatomy
Emily has been involved with the Division of Human Anatomy since 2012. She worked with students in the Nurse Anesthesia program as a private tutor in 2014 and 2015. She was also directly employed by the Colleges of Human and Osteopathic Medicine as a Directed Study Group leader for Block I medical students in 2012 and 2014, as a course development aid for undergraduate anatomy in 2013, and as a laboratory teaching assistant for Block I medical students in 2012 and 2013. As a directed study group leader, she demonstrated anatomical structures and systems via hands-on worksheets and lab walkthroughs. In the summers of 2012 and 2013, she was also an instructor for the Advanced Baccalaureate Learning Experience Summer Institute, preparing pre-Block I medical students for their first year.