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Researchers

The FACTS strives to assist national and international scholars in conducting quality scientific research that will benefit the medico-legal and anthropological communities. We have a large outdoor decomposition facility called the Forensic Anthropology Research Facility, and a growing documented human skeletal collection housed in the well-equipped Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory. If you are interested in conducting research at Texas State University, please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott (dwescott@txstate.edu or 512-245-1900). Please complete the appropriate request form below and email, mail, or fax to Dr. Wescott for approval. FACTS will make reasonable efforts to help facilitate your research. Fees may be charged for some services. In addition, researchers must agree to:
  1. proper saftey and handling proceedures,
  2. providing FACTS with a copy of all photographs and data collected, and
  3. providing FACTS with a copy of all or any results in manuscript or reprint form.
  4. acknowledge FACTS in publications resulting from data collected at Texas State University

FARF Research Request

The Forensic Anthropology Research Facility (FARF) is a 26-acre outdoor human decomposition research laboratory at Texas State’s Freeman Ranch that is used to conduct studies related to forensic taphonomy. Also located on Freeman Ranch is the Osteology Research and Processing Laboratory that includes cold storage, radiography and photographic stations, and a skeletal processing suite. Anthropologists, archaeologists, odontologists, botanists, entomologists, chemists, and others in disciplines that study human decomposition can propose to conduct research at FARF. Please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott if you are interested in conducting research at FARF.

Texas State University Donated Skeletal Collection Research Request

The Grady Early Forensic Anthropology Research Laboratory (GEFARL) houses the Texas State University Donated Skeletal Collection (TXSTDSC). This is a rapidly growing collection that includes skeletons with documented deomographic, occupation, and health information. The GEFARL includes a photography studio, white-light scanner, micro-CT and digital radiography system, histology equipment, and basic osteometric equipment. Please contact Dr. Daniel Wescott for an updated list of the demographic structure of the Texas State Donated Collection and for information about anthropometric, photographic, and other information available.

NSI X5000 CT System
X5000 CT system

Computed Tomography and Digital Radiography Service

FACTS has acquired a NSI X5000 micro-CT system that is available for researchers conducting nondestructive 2D and 3D internal and external imaging. The cost is $100/hour for academic use. The hourly rate applies to mounting the specimen, calibrating and optimizing the scanner, image data acquisition, and image processing. Please send inquiries for digital radiography and computed tomography to Daniel Wescott or Deborah Cunningham. In some cases we may have images of the donated skeletal collection that can be obtained for research.

3D Printer with skull
3D printer

3D Printing Service

FACTS has a Projet 660 Pro 3D printer that can be used by researchers to print 3D color models as large as 254 X 381 X 203 mm (10 X 15 X 8 in) with 600 X 540 dpi resolutions. Contact Daniel Wescott for requests and pricing.