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Curriculum Vitae and Publications

Vicki L. Wedel, Ph.D.
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
College of Dental Medicine
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA 91766
Office Phone: (909) 706-3750
Email: vwedel@westernu.edu

Education

2006 – Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.
Dissertation: Patterns of Bone Remodeling Among Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.

2001 – M.A. in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, Norman.
Thesis: Adult Health in a Middle Mississippian Population from Northeastern Arkansas: The MacDuffee Site.

1998 – M.A. in Criminal Justice, Oklahoma City University

1997 – B.A. in Letters, University of Oklahoma, Norman.

Academic Appointments

2008-present – Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

2007-2008 – Assistant Professor of Biological Anthropology, University of California, Merced, CA.

2006-2007 – University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, CA.

2004-2005 – Teaching Fellow in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

2002-2003 – Instructor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

2002 – Adjunct Instructor of Anthropology, Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA.

2001-2002 – Graduate Teaching Assistant in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

2001 – Instructor of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

2000-2001 – Staff Archaeologist, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, OK.

2000 – Graduate Teaching Assistant in Anthropology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK.

Books

Wedel, VL, and A Galloway. 2013. Broken Bones: An Anthropological Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma, 2nd Edition. Charles C. Thomas Publisher Ltd. 504pp. (Amazon)

Refereed Manuscripts

Click on links in parentheses for PDFs.

Wedel, V.L., G. Found, and G.L. Nusse. 2013. A 37 year-old cold case identification using novel and collaborative methods. Journal of Forensic Identification 63(1): 5-21. (Wedel et al 2013 37-yr-old cold case ID)

Wedel, V.L. 2007b. Determination of season at death using dental cementum increment analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 52(6): 1334-1337. (Wedel 2007b season at death)

Wedel, V.L. 2007a. Losing the race: ancestry, identity, and the problem of human variation. In Race and Anthropology, Race in Anthropology, Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 95:7-22. (Wedel 2007a losing the race)

Wedel, V.L. 2004. Skeletal biological assessment; pp. 19-20 in Morgan, D.F., and Drass, R.R., Salvage excavations at the Jewett Site: A Washita River Phase village in South-Central Oklahoma. Oklahoma Archaeology 52(2):9-55. (PDF coming soon!)

Om, A.S., V.L. Cooper [Wedel], and K.W. Chung. 1995. Toxic effects of chronic cocaine consumption on female reproductive endocrine functions. Journal of Research Communications for Alcohol and Substance Abuse 16(1-2):83-96. (PDF coming soon!)

Submitted Manuscripts

Wedel, V.L., R.K. Sanders, and A. Cordy-Collins. A Brodie’s abscess in a Peruvian phalanx. Submitted to the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.

Cordy-Collins, A., and V.L. Wedel. Age and season at death of the Moche giants of Peru. Submitted to Latin American Antiquity.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Wedel, V.L., and D. Wescott. Detecting a historical epidemic using dental cementum increment analysis. In preparation for submission.

Hsieh, S.B., and V.L. Wedel. Which tooth works best for determining season at death using cementum increment analysis? In preparation for submission to the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Professional Consulting

2008-present – Forensic anthropologist, Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team (DMORT) Region IX, National Disaster Medical Service, Washington, DC.
Served in Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Section Chief Forensic Anthropology.

2001-present – Forensic anthropology consultant, various California counties.

2007 – Osteology consultant, Marshall University Department of Anthropology, Huntington, WV.

2004 – Osteology consultant, Albion Environmental, Santa Cruz, CA.

2002 – Osteology consultant, Pacific Legacy, Santa Cruz, CA.

2002 – Osteology consultant, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, OK.

2000 – Osteology consultant, Federal Bureau of Reclamation, Oklahoma City, OK.

2000 – Osteology consultant, Cojeen Archaeological Services, Norman, OK.

Grants

2011 – Co-PI, Validating cementum increment analysis for determining season at death, American Society of Forensic Odontology ($2500)

2009 – PI, Determining season at death, Forensic Sciences Foundation ($1900)

2008 – PI, Skeletal evidence of evolution, University of California Center for Research on Teaching Excellence ($5,000)

2005 – PI, Determining season at death using dental cementum increment analysis, Forensic Sciences Foundation ($500)

2004 – PI, Biological effects of slavery and emancipation, Sigma Xi ($810)

2001 – University of Oklahoma Graduate College Travel Grant ($300)

2000 – University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Senate Research Grant ($300)

2000 – University of Oklahoma Graduate Student Senate Travel Grant ($300)

Fellowships

2006-2007 – University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

2004-2005 – University of California President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship

2001-2002 – University of California at Santa Cruz Dean’s Fellowship

1994 – American Physiological Association Fellowship, Department of Physiology, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

1993 – National Institutes of Health Minority Summer Research Apprenticeship, Department of Anatomy, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine

Honors & Awards

2005 – Best Poster Presentation, Social Sciences Division, University of California Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium

2003 – Honorable Mention, Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of California Santa Cruz

2002 – Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Nominee, University of California Santa Cruz

2001 – Morris E. Opler Award, University of Oklahoma

1998 – Graduate Degree Confirmed with High Honors, Oklahoma City University

1997-1998 – Graduate Student Scholarship, Oklahoma City University

1993-1998 – Academic Scholarship, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

1993-1997 – Merit Scholarship, University of Oklahoma

1993-1997 – Academic Scholarship, Phillips 66

Refereed Abstracts

2012 Hsieh, SB and VL Wedel. I’d give my eye teeth for dental cementum increment analysis. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.

2011 V. Wedel and D. Wescott. Detecting a historical epidemic using dental cementum increment analysis. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

2011 A. Cordy-Collins and VL Wedel. Season at Death Among the Moche Giants of Peru. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

2008 Wedel, VL. Bone remodeling in historical African Americans. American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

2006 Goode-Null, SK, JE Howson, VL Wedel, LM Rankin-Hill, and EG Medford. The lived experiences of enslaved children: growth and nutritional status in historical context. Abstracts of the Annual Meetings of the American Anthropological
Association 105:252.

2006 Wedel, VL and SY Bowman. How to Look a Gift Corpse in the Mouth: Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 12:300.

2005 Wedel, VL. and JB Peabody. Determination of Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 11:286.

2004 Wedel, VL. (2004) Race Versus Ancestry: A Necessary Distinction. Proceeding of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 10:294.

Federally Reviewed Technical Reports

2000 Wedel, VL, PS Lancaster, and LM Rankin-Hill. Burial description and skeletal analysis, 34GR4 2000 Burial 1, Lake Altus, Greer County, Oklahoma. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Oklahoma City, OK.

State Reviewed Technical Reports

2001 Wedel, VL. Burial Description and Skeletal Analysis, 34GD7, Kaw Lake, Grady County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman, OK.

2001 Wedel, VL. Burial Descriptions and Skeletal Analysis, 34GD81, Grady County Oklahoma. Oklahoma Archaeological Survey, Norman, OK.

2000 Wedel, VL. The Duke Energy McClain Site Burial Descriptions and Skeletal Analysis in The Duke Site: Data Recovery edited by Jesse A.M. Ballenger. Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, OK.

Other Unpublished Technical Reports

2007-pres Wedel. VL Individual forensic case reports for various California Counties.

2001-2006 Wedel, VL, Galloway, A, and LR Zephro. (2001-2006) Individual forensic case reports for the California counties of Contra Costa, Humboldt, Madiera, Marin, Monterey, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Fresno, and Yolo.

Instructional Workshops

2007 Determining Age and Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. Presented at the International Association for Identification annual meeting in San Diego, CA.

2003 Methods of Body Recovery and Scene Preservation. Presented with Dr. Alison Galloway for the Oakland Evidence Recovery Team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Professional Symposiums Organized

2013 VL Wedel and K Hermsen. How hard tissue histology helps solve cases. An invited symposium accepted for inclusion in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Physical Anthropology Section program, Washington DC.

Professional Presentations

2013 VL Wedel, SB Hsieh, and K Hermsen. Results of a known season at death validation study using dental cementum increments to determine season at death. Accepted for presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC.

2013 Hsieh, SB, VL Wedel, and K Hermsen. Does cut direction affect cementum increment viewing in dental cementum increment analysis? Accepted for presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC.

2012 Hsieh, SB, VL Wedel, and K. Hermsen. I’d give my eye teeth for dental cementum increment analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Atlanta, Ga.

2011 V. Wedel and D. Wescott. Detecting a historical epidemic using dental cementum increment analysis. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis, MN.

2011 A. Cordy-Collins and VL Wedel. Season at Death Among the Moche Giants of Peru. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Minneapolis, MN.

2008 Wedel, VL Bone remodeling in historical African Americans. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago, IL.

2010 Wedel, VL. Using Dental Cementum to Determine Season at Death. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Seattle, WA.

2009 Wedel, VL. Bone health in African Americans from Enslavement through Reconstruction. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Chicago, IL.

2008 Wedel, VL. Bone remodeling in Historical African Americans. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Columbus, OH.

2006 Wedel, VL and SY Bowman. Telling Time with Teeth: Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Anchorage, AK.

2006 Wedel, VL and SY Bowman. How to Look a Gift Corpse in the Mouth: Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences. Seattle, WA.

2005 Wedel, VL and JB Peabody. Determination of Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, New Orleans, LA.

2004 Wedel, VL. Race Versus Ancestry: a Necessary Distinction. American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Dallas, TX.

2004 Wedel, VL and LM Rankin-Hill. Evidence of Biomechanical Stress in a Middle Mississippian Skeletal Population. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Tampa, FL.

2001 Wedel, VL and LM Rankin-Hill. Paleopathology and Biomechanical Indicators of Stress at the MacDuffee site. American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Kansas City, MO.

2000 Wedel, VL. The Duke Energy McClain Site Burials. Midwest Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology Association, Columbia, MO.

1994 Cooper (Wedel), VL and KY Chung. Effects of Cocaine on Pituitary Gonadotrophs and Androgen Receptor Levels in Male Rats. Federation of American Scientists for Experimental Biology, Anaheim, CA.

1993 Cooper (Wedel), VL and KY Chung. Effects of Cocaine on the Ovary and Uterus in Rats. American Association of Anatomists, San Diego, CA.

Invited Talks

2012 “How to Look a Gift Corpse in the Mouth,” US Department of Health and Human Services Indian Health Conference, California Region, Sacramento, CA.

2012 “How to Look a Gift Corpse in the Mouth,” College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

2012 “The Science of Skeletal Remains.” San Diego State University Department of Anthropology, San Diego, CA.

2012 “Skeletons for Social Justice.” Master’s of Science in Medical Science Capstone Course, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

2011 “Lives of the Dead.” San Diego State University Department of Anthropology, San Diego, CA.

2011 “Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology.” Santa Monica College Anatomy Department, CA.

2010 “What Bodies and Bones Reveal.” Santa Monica College, CA.

2010 “Helping in Haiti.” Western University of Health Sciences International Student Medicine Club, Pomona, CA.

2008 “The Anatomy of Injustice: Osteobiographies of the Enslaved and Emancipated.” Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA.

2008 “Unearthing a Cold Case: An Anthropological Analysis of 1971’s Jane Doe.” Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, CA.

2008 “Burials as Books: How to Read Them.” Faculty Research Week, University of California, Merced.

2007 “Osteobiographies of Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.” Department of Anthropology, Baylor University, Waco, TX.

2007 “Osteobiographies of Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.” Department of Anthropology Norhern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

2007 “Osteobiographies of Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.” Department of Religious Studies and Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

2007 “Bioarchaeology and the New York African Burial Ground Project.” Department of Integrated Biology, University of California, Berkeley.

2007 “Osteobiographies of Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.” Department of Anthropology, San Francisco State University, CA.

2007 “Osteobiographies of Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans.” School of Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts, University of California, Merced.

2007 “Building Your Best Curriculum Vitae.” University of California President’s Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellows Fall Meeting, Oakland, CA.

2004-6 “Who Owns the Past? The Controversial New York African Burial Ground.” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

2003 “Bioarchaeological Skeletal Analysis.” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

2002 “Evolution of Culture and Behavior.” Integrated Biology Department, University of California, Berkeley.

2001 “Evidence of Disease and Biomechanical Stress at the MacDuffee Site.” Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Documentary Appearances

2008 Extreme Forensics: “Stanislaus County’s Jane Doe – a 37 Year Old Cold Case Homicide.” Discovery Channel.

2008 “The Long Journey: Santa Cruz County’s Chinese John Doe.” Capitola Publishing Company.

2002 The New Detectives. The Learning Channel.

National and University Committees and Service

2008- pr Student Performance Committee, College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

2008- pr Curriculum Management Committee, College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

2008-pr Curriculum Committee, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Western University, Pomona, CA.

2008-pr. Anatomy Liaison with College of Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA

2008 Bobcat Day, Experience UC Merced, UC Admit Celebration, University of California, Merced, CA.

2007-8 Curriculum Committee, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, University of California, Merced, CA.

2007-8 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) member, University of California, Merced, CA.

2003 Graduate Student Association Council Member, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

2002 The Richard Randolph Award Selection Committee Member, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

2001 Anthropology Graduate Student Liaison, University of California, Santa Cruz, CA.

Teaching Experience

Western University of Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and College of Dental Medicine (joint appointment)
Assistant Professor
Intense Summer Anatomy Class (ISAC)
Medical Gross Anatomy
Anatomy of the Head and Neck
Fundamental Anatomy of Dental Anesthesia

School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts, University of California -Merced
Assistant Professor
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Race and Human Variation
Anthropology of Dying, Death, and Dead Persons
Human Adaptability

Department of Anthropology, University of California Santa Cruz
Instructor/Teaching Fellow
Introduction to Human Evolution
Human Skeletal Biology

Teaching Assistant
Human Anatomy
Introduction to Human Evolution
Forensic Anthropology
Buried Bodies, Unburied Lives
Primate Behavior and Ecology

Department of Anthropology, University of Oklahoma
Instructor
Bodies, Bugs, and Bones: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Peoples of the World

Teaching Assistant
Human Osteology and Paleopathology
Peoples of the World

Department of Anthropology, Cabrillo College
Adjunct Instructor
Introduction to Human Evolution

Community Service

2010-pr Board of Directors, Naknuwisha Foundation benefitting pediatric cancer victims and their families.

2010-pr “Careers in Science” panelist at annual 8th Grade Girls Conference, Redlands University, sponsored by the American Association of University Women.

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Forensic Sciences –Member

International Association for Identification – Member

2011 Committee Member, Forensic Anthropology Membership Subcommittee

American Association of Physical Anthropologists – Member

Updated January 24, 2013

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