Collaboration Invitation: AAFS Odontology Section Seeks Partnerships With Anthropology Section

Source: Khlea Sumani, DMS, Odontology Section Program Chair

Dear Colleagues in the Anthropology Section,

As members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS), we in the Odontology Section believe in the value of interdisciplinary collaboration as well as the diversity of knowledge in advancing our collective understanding of forensic science. We are reaching out to our colleagues in the Anthropology Section to propose a collaborative effort for the upcoming AAFS conference.

We are particularly interested in engaging with anthropologists who hold skeletal collections that could be beneficial to the forensic dental community. Skeletal collections offer invaluable insights into human anatomy, pathology, and population demographics, making them essential resources for forensic research and education.

Our proposal is simple: we invite anthropologists with skeletal collections to collaborate with forensic dentists to explore the dental aspects of their collections. This collaboration could involve joint presentations at the AAFS conference, where both disciplines can showcase their findings and discuss the implications for forensic practice.

We believe that your expertise in forensic anthropology, coupled with the unique insights offered by forensic dentistry, can significantly contribute to the advancement of our field. Your participation in this collaborative effort would be invaluable, and we invite you to join us in this endeavor. Moreover, this collaboration has the potential to yield valuable research outcomes that could benefit the broader forensic science community.

If you are interested in exploring this collaborative opportunity further or would like to discuss potential projects, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are eager to foster meaningful partnerships with our colleagues in the Anthropology Section and look forward to the possibility of working together to advance forensic science.

Thank you for considering our proposal, and we eagerly await the opportunity to collaborate with you.


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