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March 5, 2013

Center for Applied Social Sciences Presents Faculty Research Thursday, March 14

VALDOSTA — A year after embarking on projects that address various social issues, four Valdosta State University faculty members are ready to present their research to the public. The Center for Applied Social Sciences will host faculty research presentations in the University Center Theater Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m.

“Each of the faculty members’ funded research underscores the operating mission of the center,” said Dr. Darrell L. Ross, center director. “The research is diverse in nature and demonstrates an important commitment to performing ongoing research and scholarly activity by each faculty member. The findings of each project are making an important contribution to each discipline represented.”

The center awarded faculty members $900 for each project. 

Presentations include the following:

Dr. Catherine Oglesby, History

Georgia Senior Women Oral History Project

This project is a collaboration between Oglesby, professor of history, and Dr. Kate Warner and Dr. Martha Laughlin, professors of marriage and family therapy. It is an oral history project that provides the historical and sociological perspectives of women who were raised in the middle decades of the 20th century (1930s to 1960s). The perspectives are examined to understand the role cultural factors (regional, racial, sexual, class, etc.) have played in shaping these women. Additional funding for this project was provided by the Georgia Humanities Council, the Leona Hudson Estate and several internal grants.

Dr. Joyce Chan, Anthropology

Taphonomic Assessment of Pig Carrion in South Georgia

This project establishes a decomposition timeline to estimate the time of death and reconstruct events leading to a person's death. A decomposition timeline is used for determining a postmortem interval (PMI) for bodies found. Pigs were used as human analogs to determine a decomposition and decay rate at the outdoor Lake Louise site. Entomological and decay data is important for local law enforcement officials working with PMI estimation in forensic cases.

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