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September 1, 2011 rsmith5

Diane France Description

The scientist I chose to do my project on is forensic anthropologist Dr. Diane France. I chose Diane France over all the other scientists available because I find forensic anthropology really interesting and her work in the field inspiring. Diane Frances was born on May 11th, 1954 in Grand Junction, Colorado. Her love for science started at a young age when she began playing with microscopes and chemistry sets, and even dissecting frogs in her basement. Even though Diane originally went to the University of Colorado for marine biology, her love for bones pushed her to become a forensic anthropologist. As a forensic anthropologist, Diane identifies human bones to help solve crimes for law enforcement, like unsolved murders, or to identify loved ones in cases of disaster. Diane has worked many important cases including high profile murders, many of which are cold cases, and she even traveled to Russia to help solve the mystery of the Anastasia. As a member of Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, or DMORT, Diane works to identify victims in times of disaster all over the world. After the September 11th terrorist attack, Diane was sent to Stanton Island, New York with DMORT to help sort bone fragments out of the rubble for identification.  

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Annotated bibliography

Primary sources

France , Diane . “An Interview with Bone Detective Diane France .” Intervew by Megan Sullivan . november 22, 2007. National Science Teachers Association. Web.

This is an interview with Diane France done by a science teacher named Megan Sullivan. The interview was done for the national science teachers association. On the Interview Sullivan questions Frances about why she chose to be a forensic anthropologist and what her job entitles. Diane France also discusses some of her most her most famous cases, including working with September 11th victims. This source is helpful because in it France speaks about her personal own personal experiences and why she chose to become a Forensic anthropologist.

France , Diane . “forensic Anthropology .” Diane France: Forensic Anthropology, a Brief Review . Colorado State University , n. d. Web. 12 Sep. 2011. <>.  

This is a website created by Dr. Diane France, about forensic anthropology and her work as a professor at the University of Colorado. On the website France discusses what forensic anthropology is and how an anthropologist works. I found this source helpful because Dr. Diane France explains her work and how she performs her job.

“The Bone Detective .” Graphic. Youtube . Diane France. Irvine, California : DistinctiveVoicesBC , 2010. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <>.   ‘

This video is a recording of Diane France’s speech given at the Beckman center in Irvine, California, as part of the Distinctive voices program. During the presentation, France speaks about forensics to 5th grade students, and encourages them to become curious about science too. This video was helpful to me because it shows how Diane France would be a good role model for women, or anyone, who wants to pursue a career in science

Secondary Sources

Hopping , Lorraine, and Diane France . Bone Detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France. New York City : National Academies Press , 2006. Print.  

Bone detective: The Story of Forensic Anthropologist Diane France is a book about the life and work of Dr. Diane Frances. This book is written a biography by Lorraine Hopping, but it also includes some autobiographical chapters written by Diane Frances. France discusses how each bone or skeleton once belonged to someone living, and her job as a forensic anthropologist is to listen to their story. This source will be very useful when creating my presentation because it includes both biographical and autobiographical information. Also this book includes information on France’s childhood and education, which is very difficult to find on her.

“The Diane France Scrapbook .” I was wondering: women’s adventures in science . National Academy of Science , 2010. Web. 12 Sep. 2011. < >.     

The Diane France Scrapbook, is a webpage about the life and work of Diane France. The website was created by the National Academy of Science, and is based off of a book series on women scientist. The web page includes information about France’s work, and personal life, along with many quotes form France herself.  Even though this website was designed for middle school children, it will be a useful source because it contains quotes from Diane France.

Tertiary Sources

Wikipedia contributors. “Forensic Anthropology .” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, September 9th 2011. Web. 12 Sep 2011. <>.

This source is an online encyclopedia page on Forensic anthropology, from Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. It includes an overview of forensic anthropology, along with information on other notable forensic anthropologists. This website was not particularly useful, but it supplied me with information on Forensic Anthropology, so I could better understand my scientist’s field of work.



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