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Jon Jefferson and Dr. William Bass

"BODY FARM” AUTHORS TO SPEAK AT LMU-DCOM



February 16, 2009 - Famed forensic anthropologist Dr. William Bass and journalist and author Jon Jefferson, who as the writing team of Jefferson Bass author the “Body Farm” series of mystery novels, will speak at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m.

Bass is the founder of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility, more commonly known as the Body Farm. Bass is also a dedicated teacher who has been honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He joined the University of Tennessee faculty in 1971 and oversaw the development of the forensic anthropology discipline. Bass founded the Anthropology Research Facility in 1981.

Jefferson is a veteran journalist, writer and filmmaker whose writings have been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today and Popular Science and have been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Writing under the pen name of Jefferson Bass, Bass and Jefferson have authored four mystery novels and two non-fiction books about the work and research done at the real-life Body Farm. The duo’s latest novel is "Bones of Betrayal," a book that sees modern forensic science collide with epic history.

During the event Bass and Jefferson will read from their new novel and will also speak about the Body Farm at the University of Tennessee. Bass and Jefferson were invited to speak at LMU-DCOM by second-year osteopathic medical student Anne Kroman of Knoxville, Tenn., who holds a Ph.D. in forensic anthropology from the University of Tennessee and studied with Bass.

The event will take place in Auditorium 102 on the first floor of the LMU-DCOM building on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale, and the authors will sign books following their talk. Contact Amy Drittler at (423) 869-7108 for more information.

The DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine is located on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee. LMU-DCOM is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of osteopathic physicians to provide healthcare in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU-DCOM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7082, e-mail dcom@lmunet.edu, or visit us online at www.lmunet.edu/dcom.

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Caption: (L-R) Journalist and author Jon Jefferson and renowned forensic anthropologist Dr. William Bass are the authors of the “Body Farm” series of mystery novels. Jefferson and Bass will speak at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) on Wednesday, February 25, at 6:00 p.m. Photo Credit: Rebecca Leigh. Image Courtesy William Morrow.

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