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Identification of fallen US soldiers from the Korean War using chest radiographs
Associate Professor Carl Stephan, University of Queensland
The USA Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency’s mission is the fullest possible accounting for missing service members to their families and the nation. This includes steadfast pursuit of the identification of several thousand unaccounted-for soldiers who fought during the Korean war via their skeletal remains. In this webinar Carl will outline some of the challenges around recovered but unidentified skeletons in the Korean War context based on his prior and ongoing work for the USA Department of Defence and review how forensic anthropology was used to develop a standardised chest radiograph comparison method, and a computerized search tool, to assist the identification effort.
About the speaker
Carl Stephan is an anatomist and forensic anthropologist who received his PhD from The University of Adelaide (2003). His prior appointments include forensic anthropology analyst with the Iraq Mass Graves Investigation Team (USA Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the USA Department of Justice) and research lead for Chest Radiograph Comparison at the USA Department of Defence Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii (2008-13). Carl now works as Assoc. Prof. and Chief Anatomist at The University of Queensland and serves as an external consultant to the USA Defence POW/MIA Accounting Agency Scientific Directorate. Carl is a Fellow of The American Academy of Forensic Sciences and immediate past President of the International Association of Craniofacial Identification.