Jon Jefferson and Dr. William Bass.


February 26, 2009 - Almost 300 people turned out on Wednesday night to hear famed forensic anthropologist Dr. William Bass and journalist and author Jon Jefferson speak at Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM).

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.

Bass and Jefferson, who write together under the pen name of Jefferson Bass, 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 spoke about the founding of the Body Farm and the forensic research that takes place on the site. Jefferson explained the team’s writing process and provided some background on their latest novel. He also showed a short video clip from the documentary “Biography of a Corpse,” which Jefferson produced for the National Geographic Society. Following their talk, Bass and Jefferson took questions from the audience and signed books.

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, or visit us online at


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