News and Announcements

The Forensic Anthropology Journal is up and running. The journal is sponsored by SOFA and primarily focuses on research, technical advancements, population data, and case studies related to the recovery and analysis of human remains in a forensic context. SOFA members get a discount on journal subscription! Check out the recently published works here:

SOFA meeting AAFS 2020

posted May 8, 2020, 5:57 PM by Viktor Zaytsev   [ updated May 8, 2020, 5:59 PM ]

SOFA elects new BOD 2020

posted May 8, 2020, 5:33 PM by Viktor Zaytsev   [ updated May 8, 2020, 5:50 PM ]

Kat Pope: President 
Chelsey Juarez : Secretary 
Timothy Gocha Treasurer
Brian Spatola 
Cris Hughes
Lauren Zephro 
John Servello 

FADAMA accepting cases and providing training

posted Feb 17, 2020, 10:03 PM by Viktor Zaytsev   [ updated Feb 17, 2020, 10:06 PM ]

The Forensic Anthropology Database for Assessing Methods Accuracy is up and running. Agencies or forensic anthropologists with identified cases can add cases to the database using the following link: . Data can also be downloaded from the database. For questions on how to use the database please see the FAQ site: . If you are represent an agency with a large case load and are interested in having the FADAMA technician come to your agency to assist with case uploads and training please email or for assistance.

NIJ funds SOFA Database project 2019

posted Feb 18, 2019, 9:45 PM by Viktor Zaytsev

The National Institute of Justice has awarded Drs. Cris Hughes and Chelsey Juarez a grant  funding FADAMA.  The Forensic Anthropology Database for Assessing Methods Accuracy (FADAMA), is a database tool for tracking forensic anthropological method use, outcome, and accuracy in the actual casework context. The database will address the persistent lack of adequate measures for assessing accuracy and reliability of forensic anthropology methods applied to forensic casework, and  allow forensic anthropologists to  conduct research on methods trends. Active forensic anthropologists can anonymously upload their cases to the database using this link

New Board of Directors

posted Mar 1, 2014, 6:58 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 5:16 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

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

Katharine Pope, Chair
Chelsey Juarez, Secretary
Wendy Potter McQuade Treasurer
ennifer Love
Brian Spatola
Mark Ingraham
Lauren Zephro

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^   [ updated Feb 11, 2018, 5:29 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

SOFA recently sent out the 2018 announcement for the Atlas Grants for 2018. 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 $750. 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.

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.

UTK Forensic Anthropology Center Short Courses May 21- June 15 2018

posted Jun 22, 2011, 7:12 AM by Brian Spatola^   [ updated Mar 11, 2018, 9:49 PM by Viktor Zaytsev ]

The University of Tennessee Knoxville Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) has a series of short courses during the months of May and June. See the list below for brief descriptions and dates, and for more information please visit

Pathology Course: May 21-23, 2018. Instructor Dr. Dawnie Steadman, Cost $500.

Forensic Anthropology Field Methods: May 29-June 1, 2018, Cost $600.

Methods in Ancestry Estimation: June 4th-6th, 2018. Instructors Dr. Joseph Hefner, Dr. Lee Meadows Jantz, Dr. Richard Jantz, and Dr. Stephen Ousley, Cost $500.

Comparative Osteology: June 13-15, 2018, Cost $375.

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.


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