Success in the classroom does not guarantee success in the world. Increasingly higher education has been asked to prepare well-rounded, job-ready men and women. At The College at Brockport, our faculty help students build strong foundations in the fundamentals and then inspire them to go beyond the text, to take what they have learned out into the field to solve real-world problems. Dr. Ann Bunch is one those professors.
One of less than 100 forensics anthropologists in the United State to be recognized as Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology, Dr. Bunch brings sterling credentials along with seven years of experience with the United States Army Central Identification Laboratory to Brockport. She has traveled the world to far flung sites from Vietnam to Russia identifying missing service members and civilians — a challenge requiring expert technical skills as well as sensitivity and compassion for the subject of her work.
A gifted teacher, she translates real world experiences for her students by breaking down investigative processes and techniques, bringing each step to life with examples from her own work. She requires her students to visit investigation sites and design thoughtful and relevant research projects, pulling them into the investigative process. They learn to ask questions. They learn to apply theory in order to derive answers. They engage.
And what do these students do after graduation? Her students have gone on to work for the FBI, the Michigan State Police, the Department of Homeland Security and as members of municipal and county law enforcement. Others have entered graduate school and law school. All are prepared to pursue careers in criminal justice.
Currently Dr. Bunch is collaborating with chemistry professor Michael Brown using chemical analysis to determine the post mortem interval (PMI) of skeletal remains. In keeping with her commitment to provide meaningful, hands-on experiences, Dr. Bunch has invited two undergraduate students to join the research team.
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