Forensic Anthropology in the Media Assignment – Report Form
ANTH 351 Spring 2015
Worth: 15% of total course grade
Due Date: Week 4 (April 10th, 2015; 11:59 PM, EST; please post to online assignments folder)
For this assignment, you will complete the Forensic Anthropology in the Media Report Form. This report includes the following sections (A) a brief summary of the Bones television episode or book chapter (B) analysis of the episode or chapter, and (C) your specific recommendations for making the portrayal of forensic anthropologists and forensic scientists more realistic in the media. You may select any episode of Bones television series that shows the activities and work of forensic anthropologists or forensic scientists. OR you may select crime fiction by authors such as Kathy Reichs or Jefferson Bass.
Questions: Please contact Dr. Granite via email at email@example.com.
How accurately are forensic anthropologists and scientists portrayed by the media?
Basic Information about your selection:
* Series or book title “Bones” TV Series: Season 5 Episode 12
* Year: 2010
* Episode title: “The Proof in the Pudding”
* Author (for book):
Brief summary (2 points): Please provide a brief summary of the episode or chapter. In your summary, please describe the forensic case involved in the plot or story line; the collection and analysis of evidence, how forensic anthropologists/scientists were involved in the plot; and how/if the case was resolved. Your summary should not exceed 250 words.
“The Proof in the Pudding” was chosen because it is rich in science content - in scientific information, in scientist characters, and in depictions of scientific experiments and methods. The story begins when government agents place Bones’ lab on lockdown and order the forensic team to determine the cause of death of an unnamed skeleton. The agents forbid the scientists from speculating about the skeleton’s identity, but this...