News and Announcements

New Board of Directors

posted Mar 1, 2014, 6:58 AM by Brian Spatola^

The membership has voted in the new BOD who will serve for a three year term. Officers were chosen by the new Board:

Brian F. Spatola, Chair
Katharine Pope, Secretary
am Steger, Treasurer
ennifer Prutsman-Pfeiffer
Kristen Hartnett
Mark Ingraham
Kathy Taylor

Fruits of NIJ Funded Projects in Forensic Anthropology Available Online

posted Oct 8, 2012, 3:09 PM by Brian Spatola^

Since 2005 the NIJ has supported several Forensic Science Research and Development Awards for research in forensic anthropology. The website containing the final reports and list of pending studies can be found HERE. Several final reports from the 2005-2009 range are available in PDF format.

The NIJ funded software page also has a link for downloading the 3D-ID: Geometric Morphometric Classification of Crania for Forensic Scientists.

Information about current and future funding can be found on the NIJ Funding Homepage.

SOFA Atlas Grant Announcement

posted Sep 30, 2012, 9:10 PM by Brian Spatola^

SOFA recently sent out the 2012 announcement for the Atlas Grants for 2013. SOFA Atlas Grants are competitive research grants designed to support and promote research that contributes to the knowledge base of applied forensic anthropology. The SOFA Board of Directors (BOD) will release an annual solicitation to its members. Proposals should not exceed $500. Up to two proposals will be awarded annually. Awards will be announced at the upcoming SOFA General membership meeting held at the annual meeting of the AAFS. Awardees need not be present to receive awarded funding. Proposal review and grant awards will be completed by the SOFA Board of Directors. See below for announcement.

Final Syracuse University Forensic Anthropology Workshop This Weekend

posted Oct 13, 2011, 8:33 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Oct 13, 2011, 8:36 AM ]

The last in the series of Syracuse University Dialogues in Forensic Science is taking place over the next three days.  It is too late to sign up to participate, but the university will post materials from the conference on their archive following the event.
Title "Beyond the NAS Report"
Date: October 14-16, 2011
Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse NY

Synopsis of Conference:

The 2009 National Academy of Sciences report, "Strengthening Forensic Science in the United States: A Path Forward," commissioned by Congress, makes striking observations and recommendations for many forensics fields, including anthropology. Two years later, this session will examine the effects the report has already had and make predictions for likely future effects. Participants and speakers will evaluate the topics of all prior conferences in the context and discuss what responses from practitioners are more appropriate. The outcome of this session will be to outline the best path forward for the field of forensic anthropology.

SOFA Bibliography Available for Download

posted Sep 18, 2011, 10:08 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Sep 18, 2011, 10:33 AM ]

The SOFA forensic anthropology bibliography is now available for download in BibTeX format for use in your preferred bibliography reader.  The bibliography is updated as of July of 2011 and contains over 3500 references from commonly cited sources (Journal of Forensic Sciences; American Journal of Physical Anthropology, etc) to lesser known and historically relevant sources (Sankhya:Indian Journal of Statistics, Biometrika, New Zealand Dental Journal, etc.)

Author searches which involve international special characters may require searching in other fields due to minor conversion errors.  Please send any comments, deletions or additions to  

The bibliography can be downloaded by clicking on the link found in SOFA Documents.

22nd International Symposium on Human Identification (ISHI)

posted Jun 22, 2011, 7:12 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Jun 22, 2011, 8:46 AM ]

ISHI is having its Annual Meeting October 3-6, 2011 in Washington, DC.  Of interest is a workshop on the emerging field of "Forensic DNA Phenotyping" and a Missing Persons Workshop by UNT geneticists. for more information.

New Journal - International Journal of Paleopathology

posted May 31, 2011, 1:17 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated May 31, 2011, 1:17 PM ]

The Paleopathology Association's inaugural issue of the International Journal of Paleopathology (March 2011) is now available.

Click here to read an introductory note from editor-in-chief Jane Buikstra.


SOFA Bibliography now has over 3500 references

posted May 27, 2011, 11:22 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Jun 3, 2011, 8:45 AM ]

The SOFA forensic anthropology bibliography now has over 3500 references from 1850 (Parkman Murder Trial) to Present.  References include international textbooks and journal articles with relevance to the theory, practice and history of forensic anthropology.  References are drawn from the fields of Physical Anthropology, Forensic Science, Clinical and Forensic Medicine, Biology, Statistics and more.  The last update occurred on April 20, 2011.

In order to use the bibliography you have to do the following.

1. become a member of Zotero at
2. download the most recent helper add-on application which works only with the Firefox browser.
3. Join the SOFA bibliography group
4. Add your account information to the application
5. Sync the bibliography to the app.

The bibliography can be found at the following link:

SWGANTH Meeting in DC this Week

posted May 23, 2011, 7:16 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated May 23, 2011, 7:38 PM ]

The Scientific Working Group for Forensic Anthropology (SWGANTH) is having its Spring meeting this week May 25-27, 2011 at the NTSB Headquarters in Washington D.C.  More information can be found on their website 

SOFA Forensic Anthropology Bibliography Available Free through

posted Jul 11, 2010, 4:13 PM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Jul 11, 2010, 4:19 PM ]

Members of SOFA have compiled a bibliography of forensic anthropology texts as a quick reference for practicing anthropologists, researchers and students. It is currently hosted at, a free citation management tool, that only requires registration and installation of a helper application for use with the Firefox browser.

To access the bibliography follow the instruction on the SOFA bibliography page here at FA Bibliography.

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