Science on Tap

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All events take place at 6pm the second Monday of the month at National Mechanics, 22 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, unless otherwise stated. Be sure to arrive early to get seats!

What’s on tap: February 8, 2016

Hot Lights, Sharp Steel, Cold Flesh
Marianne Hamel,  Jersey Shore Forensics


Hot Lights Sharp SteelDepictions of forensic pathologists and medical examiners in popular media tend to focus on convoluted cases, serial killers, and medical examiners that interrogate living suspects. The reality is something quite different and, actually, much more compelling. “Hot Lights, Sharp Steel, Cold Flesh” examines the realities, limitations, and implications of the forensic autopsy. Warning: this talk contains graphic depictions of human remains and post-mortem specimens.

Marianne Hamel MD, PhD is a board-certified forensic pathologist and a 2015 Fulbright scholar in Police Research and Criminal Justice at the London School of Economics and Political Science for her study of violent death during pregnancy. Dr. Hamel is also the co-creator, with photographer Nikki Johnson, of Death Under Glass, an exhibition of post-mortem histology, and was a forensic consultant for the first season of the Serial podcast.

February’s Science on Tap is hosted by the Mütter Museum.

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