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Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial Identification

Lecture | May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | Hearst Museum of Anthropology, 103 Kroeber Hall


Gloria Louise Nusse, San Francisco State University

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology


About this Lounge Lecture:
Forensic Facial reconstruction and the anatomy of the face combine to aid in the identification of unidentified remains. This lecture will present history and current use of this unique combination of science, art and the face.

About the Speaker:
Gloria Louise Nusse is a Scientific Sculptor with a Master's degree in Biological Anthropology. She is also an anatomist and teaches human anatomy at San Francisco State University. She studied facial reconstruction with Betty Pat. Gatliff and Karen Taylor, as well as with Caroline Wilkinson. She has published in the Journal of Forensic Identification Nov/Dec 2003 edition. The title is "Mold Making of the Skull". She contributed two chapters to the book, titled, "Forensic Art Essentials" by Lois Gibson, published by Elsevier, Academic Press, 2008. And "Managing Trauma in Facial Reconstruction", a chapter in "Broken Bones, The Forensic Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma" edited by Vicki Wedel and Alison Galloway, Charles C. Thomas, 2013. She is a member of the International Association of Forensic Identification, California State Coroners Association, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Her work was featured on "48 Hours Mystery" and America's Most Wanted among other shows and publications. Her facial reconstruction work has helped to solve the identity of victims of homicide and suicide. Her most recent reconstructions and publications include the reconstruction of a young man who lived 4000 years ago. Her facial reconstructions have aided in the personal identity of over 14 unidentified remains.


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