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Vicki Wedel, PhD


Assistant Professor of Anatomy

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: vwedel@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3750 |

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

Professional Consulting:

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

2008-Present Assistant Professor, Anatomy, 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)

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

Research Interest

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

Current Research

•Occupational and nutritional stress among historical African Americans
•Using teeth to determine age and season at death in human skeletal remains
•Forensic casework

Research Grant

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

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

1998 Graduate Degree Confirmed with High Honors, Oklahoma City University

1997-1998 Graduate Student Scholarship, Oklahoma City University

1993-1998 Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Academic Scholarship

1993-1997 University of Oklahoma Merit Scholarship

1993-1997 Phillips 66 Academic Scholarship

Organizations

American Association of Physical Anthropologists - Member

American Anthropological Association - Member

American Academy of Forensic Sciences - Associate Member

International Association for Identification - Member

Society for Historical Archaeology - Member

Sigma Xi - Member

Publication

Books

  • 2012 Wedel, VL, LR Zephro, and A Galloway. Broken Bones: An Anthropological. Analysis of Blunt Force Trauma, 2nd Edition. In preparation and under contract with Charles C. Thomas Press, due to publisher September, 2012.

Refereed Manuscripts

  • 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.
  • 1995 Ohm, AS, Cooper (Wedel), VL, and KW Chung. Toxic Effects of Chronic Cocaine Consumption on Female Reproductive Endocrine Functions. Journal of Research Communications for Alcohol and Substance Abuse 16(1-2):83.

Manuscripts in Review or Submission

  • 2012 Wedel, VL, G Found, GL Nusse. Identification of a 37 year-old cold case homicide victim using novel and collaborative methods. In review by Journal of Forensic Identification.
  • 2012 Wedel, VL, RK Sanders, A Cordy-Collins. A Brodie’s Abscess in a Peruvian Peruvian Phalanx. In Submission to the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.
  • 2012 Cordy-Collins, A and VL Wedel. Age and Season at Death of the Moche Giants of Peru. In submission to Latin American Antiquity.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • 2012 Wedel, VL and D Wescott. Detecting a historical epidemic using dental cementum increment analysis. In preparation for submission.
  • 2012 Hsieh, SB and VL Wedel. Which Tooth Works Best for Determining Season atDeath Using Cementum Increment Analysis? In preparation for submission to the Journal of Forensic Sciences.

Dissertation

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

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 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.
  • 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. Proceedings of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences 10:294.
  • 1995 Ohm, AS, VL Cooper (Wedel), and KW Chung. Toxic effects of chronic cocaine consumption on female reproductive endocrine functions. Journal of Research Communications for Alcohol and Substance Abuse 16(1-2):83.

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).

Professional Presentations

  • 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.
  • 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 Academyof 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, 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.
  • 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.

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.