Forensic anthropologist Jennie Jin of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency will make two presentations on the UH Mānoa campus March 8 and March 10, 2016. Jin manages the Agency’s Korea 208 project, which has identified more than 150 U.S. service members who died during the Korean War.
Jin’s first presentation, titled “Bones for Justice and Closure: Forensic Anthropology’s Role in Human Rights Investigations and Missing Persons Identifications,” will take place Tuesday, March 8 at 3:20 p.m. in Classroom 4 at the William S. Richardson School of Law.
This talk will focus on how forensic anthropologists solve cases using a combination of osteology, DNA, archaeology, and history. Analysis of bones can help reveal the sex, age, stature, and ancestry of unidentified individuals. Forensic anthropologists conduct such studies to support a variety legal cases in pursuit of justice and in aid of prosecution.
Talk on Korea 208
The second talk will be presented as part of the Anthropology Department’s 2016 Colloquium Series and will take place Thursday, March 10, at 3:00 p.m. in Crawford Hall 115. The topic will be “The Korea 208: A Large-scale Commingling Case of Unaccounted-for American Remains from the Korean War.”
Some 36,000 American service members lost their lives during the Korean War. Despite recovery efforts during and after the war, the remains of 7,800 individuals are still unaccounted for. In the early 1990s, the North Korean government repatriated 208 caskets claiming that each represented one American. In fact, the remains of multiple individuals were mixed in the caskets. Further recovery operations in North Korea between 1996 and 2005 yielded additional sets of remains that also frequently proved to be mixed. Jin’s project analyzes these remains using techniques drawn from anthropology, history, and genetics to solve the commingling issue with the ultimate goal of identifying and sending them home.
Dr. Jennie Jin is a graduate of Seoul National University; earned her M.A. in anthropology at Stanford University in 2005 specializing in human skeletal biology and paleoanthropology; and received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2010 with a dissertation focusing on a zooarchaeological analysis of a faunal assemblage from a 9,000-year-old Neolithic site in Yunnan Province, southwest China.
Jin’s research interests include bioarchaeology, zooarchaeology, taphonomy, and paleoanthropology. She has field and laboratory experience in China, Korea, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Honduras. She is the author of a biography of Louis Leakey and Jane Goodall written in Korean that received the Best Book in Science 2009 Award from the Korean Ministry of Culture. She is currently working on two more biological anthropology books for general audiences in Korea and is an active science columnist for major newspapers and magazines in Korea.
For more information about the March 8 presentation, contact Prof. Tae-Ung Baik (email@example.com). For further information about the March 10 talk, contact the UH Anthropology Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).