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February 3, 2006

“Carved in Bone” authors to speak at Birmingham-Southern College

BIRMINGHAM , Ala. —Birmingham-Southern alum Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass will be at BSC Feb. 16 to speak about their new book “Carved in Bone: A Body Farm Novel.” The lecture will take place in the Munger Hall Auditorium at 6 p.m. and will be followed by a book signing.

The novel, co-authored by Jefferson and Bass under the pen name Jefferson Bass, is the first in a series of fictional novels about the famed “Body Farm” located on the campus of the University of Tennessee where human corpses are placed and exposed to the elements all in the interest of forensic science.

The “Body Farm” was made famous by author Patricia Cornwell's 1994 novel of the same name. Jefferson and Bass also wrote “Death's Acre: Inside the Legendary Forensic Lab” in 2003, which is a guide to the work of forensic science and murder investigations.

Jefferson, a 1978 BSC graduate, is a science writer and filmmaker. His work has appeared in “The New York Times,” “Newsweek,” “USA Today,” and “Popular Science.” His work has also been broadcast on National Public Radio.

Bass, a retired anthropology professor at the University of Tennessee, is the founder of UT's acclaimed Forensic Anthropology Facility, better known as the “Body Farm.” The two met in 2001 when Jefferson shot a “National Geographic” documentary on Bass and the “Body Farm.”

Prior to the Feb.16 lecture and book signing, the authors will speak to BSC students in two different classes.

The lecture and book signing is open to the public and admission is free. Copies of “Carved in Bone” will be available for purchase. For more information, contact 205/226-4650.

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