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Vicki Wedel, PhD, F-AAFS

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Dental Medicine

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: vwedel@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3750 | Fax: 909-469-5698

Join year: 2008

Education

2007 University of California President s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley - Anthropology

2006 PhD - University of California, Santa Cruz, CA - Anthropology Dissertation Patterns of Bone Remodeling among Enslaved and Freed Historical African Americans

2001 MA - University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK - Anthropology Thesis Adult Health in a Middle Mississippian Population from Northeastern Arkansas: The MacDuffee Site

1998 MCJA - Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK - Criminal Justice Administration

1997 BA - University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK -Letters

Education Experience

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

Professional Experience

Additional Employment:

  • Forensic Anthropologist, Disaster Mortuary Operations Response Team Region IX, National Disaster Medical Service, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Deployments: Haiti Earthquake 2010

Professional Consulting:

  • 2017-present Forensic Anthropologist, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, CA
  • 2001-present Forensic Anthropology Consultant, Various California Counties.
  • 2014 Forensic Anthropology Consultant, Kansas City, Kansas.
  • 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, Dr. Richard Drass, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, OK.
  • 2000 Osteology Consultant, Mr. Robert Blasing, Federal Bureau of Reclamation, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • 2000 Osteology Consultant, Cojeen Archaeological Services, Norman, OK.

Instructional Workshops:

  • "Determining Age and Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis". (2007) Presented with Dr. Alison Galloway and Lauren Zephro at the International Association for Identification annual meetings in San Diego, CA.
  • "Methods of Body Recovery and Scene Preservation". (2003) Presented with Dr. Alison Galloway for the Oakland Evidence Recovery Team of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Teaching Experience

Academic Employment

  • 2014-present Associate Professor, Anatomy and Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 2008-2014 Assistant Professor, Anatomy and Dental Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA
  • 2007-2008 Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology, University of California, Merced, CA
  • 2006-2007 University of California President s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Berkeley Department of Anthropology, Berkeley, CA
  • 2004-2005 Teaching Fellow, University of California at Santa Cruz Department of Anthropology, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2002-2003 Instructor University of California at Santa Cruz Department of Anthropology, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2002 Adjunct Instructor, Cabrillo College Department of Anthropology, Aptos, CA.
  • 2001 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of California at Santa Cruz Department of Anthropology, Santa Cruz, CA
  • 2001 Instructor, University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology, Norman, OK
  • 2000-2001 Staff Archaeologist, Oklahoma Archeological Survey, Norman, OK
  • 2000 Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology,Norman, OK

Teaching Experience

Western University of Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and College of Dental Medicine (joint appointment)

Associate Professosr 
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

Courses

  • Medical Gross Anatomy
  • Intensive Summer Anatomy Course
  • Head and Neck Anatomy for Dental Medicine Students

Philosophy

  • I aim to emphasize hands on learning and to be learner centered.

Research Interest

  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Human Osteology
  • Historical Health and Nutrition Status
  • Bone Histology

Current Research

  • Determining season at death using dental cementum
  • Developing new forensic science methods 
  • Forensic casework

Research Grant

  • 2016 - Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis to Determine Age and Season at Death in Guatemala. Western University of Health Sciences Intramural Grant ($20,000)
  • 2014 - Using Dental Cementum to Determine Season at Death Using Deciduous Teeth. Co-PI, Creighton University George F. Haddix President's Research Award ($15,000)
  • 2011 - Validating Cementum Increment Analysis for Determining Season at Death. Co-PI, American Society of Forensic Odontology ($2500)
  • 2009 - Determining Season at Death PI, Forensic Sciences Foundation ($1900)
  • 2008 - Skeletal Evidence of Evolution PI, University of California. Center for Research on Teaching Excellence ($5,000)
  • 2005 - Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis PI, Forensic Sciences Foundation ($500)
  • 2004 - Biological effects of slavery and emancipation PI, 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)

Awards

  • 2016 College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Faculty Award for Lifelong Learning in Teaching Innovation
  • 2015 College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific Faculty Award for Lifelong Learning in Teaching Innovation
  • 2014 Inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Science Physical Anthropology Section
  • 2012 Ellis R. Kerley Award Runner-Up, American Academy of Forensic Sciences Physical Anthropology Section
  • 2010 Member status conferred by American Academy of Forensic Sciences
  • 2005 Best Poster Presentation, Social Sciences Division, University of California Santa Cruz Graduate Research Symposium
  • 2003 University of California Santa Cruz Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award Honorable Mention
  • 2002 University of California Santa Cruz Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowship Nominee
  • 2001 University of Oklahoma Department of Anthropology Morris E. Opler Award

Organizations

  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists - Member
  • American Anthropological Association - Member
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Fellow
  • International Association for Identification - Member

Committees

  • COMP Preclinical Subcommittee - Chair
  • COMP Curriculum Committee
  • CDM Curriculum Management Committee
  • CDM Student Performance Committee
  • COMP Curriculum Exploration Task Force - Co-chair

Publications

Books

  • 2014 Wedel, VL and A Galloway (Eds.). Broken Bones: An Anthropological. Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma, 2nd Edition. Charles C. Thomas: Springfield.

Refereed Manuscripts

  • 2016 Wedel, VL; Wescott, DJ. Using dental cementum increment analysis to estimate age and season of death in African Americans from an historical cemetery in Missouri. International Journal of Paleopathology. 15:134-139. Nov. 2016.
  • 2014 Wedel, VL On Bodies in Formation: An Ethnography of Anatomy and Surgery Education. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 154:165. DOI:10.1002/ajpa.22478.
  • 2013 Wedel, VL, G Found, and GK Nusse. A 37 Year-Old Cold Case Identification Using Novel and Collaborative Methods. Journal of Forensic Identification 63(1): 5-21.
  • 2007 Wedel, VL. Determination of Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. Journal of Forensic Sciences 52(6):1334-1337.
  • 2007 Wedel, VL. Losing the Race: Ancestry, Identity, and the Problem of Human Variation. In Race and Anthropology, Race in Anthropology, special themed issue of the Kroeber Anthropological Society Papers 95:7-22.
  • 2004 Wedel, VL. 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.

Dissertation

  • Wedel, VL. (2006) Patterns of bone remodeling among enslaved and freed historical African Americans. Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Recent Refereed Abstracts

  • 2017 V. Wedel. Expanding cementum annulation theory and method. New Approaches to Burnt Human Bones and Teeth: the Bioarchaeology of Cremations and Tooth Cementum Annulation. Austrian Academy of Sciences Institure for European and Oriental Archaeology.
  • 2017 V. Wedel and K. Hermsen. Out of the Mouths of Babes: Cementum Annulation in Human Deciduous Teeth. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. S64:405.
  • 2015 V. Wedel. Making the preparation phase of the flipped classroom active. Proceedings of the American Dental Educators Association. http://bit.ly/1tsloKr.
  • 2015 V. Wedel and K. Hermsen. Dental Cementum Increment Analysis Can Determine Four Seasons at Death. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. XXI:A105.
  • 2013 V. Wedel, SB Hsieh, and K. Hermsen. A Large, Known Season Validation of Determining Season at Death Using Dental Cementum Increment Analysis. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
  • 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 Journalof 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.

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, GradyCounty 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-present Wedel. VL Individual forensic case reports for various California Counties.
  • 2001-2006 Wedel, VL, Galloway, A, and LR Zephro. (2001-2006) Individual forensiccase reports for the California counties of Contra Costa, Humboldt, 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 meetings 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).

Recent Professional Presentations

  • 2017 V. Wedel, and K. Hermsen. Out of the Mouths of Babes: Cementum Annulations in Human Deciduous Teeth. American Academny of Forensic Sciences, Orlando, FL.
  • 2015 V. Wedel and K. Hermsen. Dental cementum increment analysis can determine four seasons at death. Ammerican Academy of Forensic Sciences, Orlando, FL.
  • 2015 V. Wedel and K. Hermsen. Determining season at death using dental cementum increment analysis using deciduous teeth. Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
  • 2015 V. Wedel. Making the preparation phase of the flipped classroom active. American Dental Educator's Association. Boston. MA.
  • 2013 V. Wedel, SB Hsieh, and K Hermsen. Results of a know season at death validation study using dental cementum increments to determine season at death. Amreican Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • 2013 SB Hsieh, V Wedel, and K Hermsen. Does cut direction affect cementum increment viewing in dental cementum increment analysis? American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Washington, DC.
  • 2012 Hsieh, SB, VL Wedel, and K. Hermsen (2012) 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 (2008) 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.

Recent Invited Talks

  • 2015 "Mortui vivas Praecipant (May the Dead Teach the Living)," Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA.
  • 2015 "Mortui vivas Praecipant (May the Dead Teach the Living)," Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA.
  • 2015 "Mortui vivas Praecipant (May the Dead Teach the Living)," San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
  • 2015 "Blunt Force Trauma toe the Dentition and When Dentists Are Required to Report Out," Indian Health Services Dental Conference, Sacramento, CA.
  • 2015 "How to Eat an Elephant and When to Eat Your Frogs," American Association of University Women STEM Conference, Citrus College, Glendora, CA.
  • 2014 "Case Studies in Forensic Anthroplogy," Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA.
  • 2014 "Bones, Ballistics, and Blunt Force Trauma: Forensic Skeletal Evidence of the Difference," Invited book talk and signing by the Philip and Harriet Pumerantz Library. Pomona, CA.
  • 2014 "Bodies, Bugs and Bones," 20th Annual Redlands Chapterof teh American Association of University Women Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics Conference, Redlands, CA.
  • 2013 "Clandestine Himan Burials as Books: How to Read Them," Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, CA.
  • 2013 "Bones, Ballistics and Blunt Force Trauma." San Diego State Univeristy, Department of Anthropology, San Diego, CA.
  • 2013 "I See Dead People: What I Can Determine about the Dead from their Bones and Teeth." American Association of University Women Math and Science Conference, Redlands University, Redlands, CA.
  • 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, WesternUniversity 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.

Television and Documentaries

  • 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, WesternUniversity 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.