Rawson, a Nevada state senator, is a strong proponent for creating a research laboratory in his state to study how human bodies decompose in the desert. The proposed facility would offer crime scene technicians a chance to study how the human body decomposes in hot, dry conditions. Currently, the only body decomposition research facility in the U.S. is located in Knoxville, Tenn., which presents significantly different climate conditions.
In addition to being a licensed dentist, college professor and the Director of Dental Programs for the University and Community College System of Nevada, Rawson is frequently contacted by law enforcement officials to assist in criminal investigations. Rawson's presentation is free to the public.
- Kay Gillespie, chair, Department of Criminal Justice
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