Professor Elizabeth A. Murray, Ph.D.

Professor Elizabeth A. Murray
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • University of Cincinnati
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With nearly 30 years in the field, I guess I was 'forensic' before it was cool! I find forensic science to be a fascinating subject that incorporates law, ethics, psychology, history, and technology, as it aids our global community.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Murray is a forensic anthropologist and also Professor of Biology at Mount St. Joseph University, where she teaches doctoral-level human gross anatomy and undergraduate-level anatomy and physiology, as well as forensic science. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Mount St. Joseph University and her master's degree in anthropology and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Biology from the University of Cincinnati. Most of Professor Murray's forensic casework has been in Ohio and Kentucky, where she has participated in hundreds of investigations. She is one of fewer than 100 anthropologists certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Professor Murray has been honored with the Sears-Roebuck Foundation Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award, and she twice earned the Clifford Excellence in Teaching Award. She has served as an instructor for numerous organizations, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, and the International Association of Coroners & Medical Examiners. Her television appearances include National Geographic's Buried Secrets, Discovery Health's Skeleton Stories, The New Detectives, and Forensic Files. Her book Death: Corpses, Cadavers, and Other Grave Matters was named one of the top ten summer titles for students by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her 2012 book, Forensic Identification: Putting a Name and Face on Death, was recently selected as one of the outstanding books of 2012 by the prestigious National Science Teacher's Association.

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  1. Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals Sale

    Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals

    Elizabeth A. Murray
    4.1 out of 5
    77% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (74)
    Save up to $210.00 Starting at $24.95 $59.95 $24.95$59.95
    Many famous cases have been reexamined in recent years using the great advances made in forensic science. Cold cases have been reopened. Supposedly solved crimes have been analyzed anew. Explore how cutting-edge investigative techniques are being applied to help unravel criminal enigmas all over the world.
  2. Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works

    Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works

    Elizabeth A. Murray
    4.3 out of 5
    78% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (71)
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $374.95 $199.95$374.95
    The desire to identify lawbreakers and bring them to justice is so great that it has inspired countless stories, novels, plays, movies, and television series. But how accurate are the fictional portrayals of crime investigations? What happens behind the scenes when forensic scientists crack a case? Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works takes you from the crime scene to the lab to the courtroom in 36...
  3. (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works  & Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills   Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works & Your Deceptive Mind: A Scientific Guide to Critical Thinking Skills

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Investigate the many disciplines that come to bear on the fields of forensics and critical thinking in this two-course set grounded in the real-world, practical applications of the sciences. First, in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Really Works, learn from a respected forensic anthropologist the interdisciplinary science approach crucial to investigating crimes, accidents, and missing-persons cases . Then,...
  4. (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works  & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology  Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works & Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $759.90 Starting at $759.90 $894.90 $759.90$894.90
    Explore how the human body is structured and functions as well as how this knowledge comes to bear on forensic investigations in this intriguing two-course set. First, in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Really Works, learn about the interdisciplinary scientific approach that is crucial to investigating crimes, accidents, and missing persons cases. Then, in Understanding the Human Body: An Introduction to...
  5. (Set)  Forensic Science & Mysteries of the Microscopic World Set

    (Set) Forensic Science & Mysteries of the Microscopic World

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  6. (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works  & Chemistry, 2nd Edition  Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works & Chemistry, 2nd Edition

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $639.90 Starting at $639.90 $749.90 $639.90$749.90
    Investigate the many disciplines that come to bear on the field of forensics and get a solid understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry in this set that shows you the practical applications of the sciences. First, in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Really Works, learn from a respected forensic anthropologist the interdisciplinary scientific approach that is crucial to investigating crimes, accidents,...
  7. (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior Set

    (Set) Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
    Examine how real forensic scientists investigate lawbreakers and crimes, as well as why people behave the way they do, in this intriguing course set that reveals the multidisciplinary research and practice that probes the actions and consequences of human behavior. In Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works, you'll learn what really happens behind the scenes to enable investigators to crack a case and bring a...
  8. (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works  & Biology: The Science of Life  Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works & Biology: The Science of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $919.90 Starting at $919.90 $1,074.90 $919.90$1,074.90
    Investigate the many disciplines that come to bear on the field of forensics and get a solid understanding of the fundamentals of biology in this set that shows you the practical applications of the sciences. First, in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Really Works, learn from a respected forensic anthropologist the interdisciplinary scientific approach that is crucial to investigating crimes, accidents, and...
  9. (Set)  Trails of Evidence & Introduction to Nanotechnology Set

    (Set) Trails of Evidence & Introduction to Nanotechnology

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $534.90 Starting at $534.90 $629.90 $534.90$629.90
  10. (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Forensic History Set

    (Set) The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us & Forensic History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Look at history through a new lens with this two-course set. Start by discovering how the judicial system has shaped our culture with The Great Trials of World History and the Lessons They Teach Us. Then, walk through famous cases in Forensic History: Crimes, Frauds, and Scandals, guided by a forensic anthropologist.
  11. (Set) Forensic History & Medical School for Everyone Set

    (Set) Forensic History & Medical School for Everyone

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $299.90 Starting at $299.90 $539.90 $299.90$539.90
    Solve intriguing mysteries with this set. First, hear the spellbinding stories of the most infamous crimes, frauds, and scandals in history. Then, don the white coat of a medical student on grand rounds and solve medical mysteries.
  12. (Set) An Introduction to Infectious Diseases & Trails of Evidence Set

    (Set) An Introduction to Infectious Diseases & Trails of Evidence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
    Explore intriguing connections with this set of courses. First, arm yourself with scientific facts about bacterial infections, viruses, vaccines, and more in an engaging introduction to infectious disease. Then, uncover the secrets of forensics in an absolutely fascinating course that teaches you how science is used to solve criminal mysteries.
  13. (Set) Medical School for Everyone & Trails of Evidence Set

    (Set) Medical School for Everyone & Trails of Evidence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $554.90 Starting at $554.90 $644.90 $554.90$644.90
  14. (Set) Forensic History & Espionage and Covert Operations Set

    (Set) Forensic History & Espionage and Covert Operations

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $279.90 Starting at $279.90 $379.90 $279.90$379.90
    Delve into the fascinating world of crime and espionage with this set. First, hear the spellbinding stories of the most infamous crimes, frauds, and scandals in history. Then, delve deeper into the world of espionage and covert operations and learn what it's like to be a spy.
  15. (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Trails of Evidence Set

    (Set) The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction & Trails of Evidence

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $654.90 Starting at $654.90 $759.90 $654.90$759.90
    Love a good mystery? This two-course set will give you masterful insights into how solving a mystery works. Investigate the works of brilliant writers in a fascinating genre with The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction, and travel from the crime scene to the courtroom and see how an investigator solves real life mysteries in Trails of Evidence: How Forensic Science Works.