(Standing left to right) Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University, joined forces in an MOU agreement which provides a framework for a scientific academic exchange program between their two institutions.

(Standing left to right) Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University, joined forces in an MOU agreement which provides a framework for a scientific academic exchange program between their two institutions.

Chaminade University and the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) solidified their ties recently, as officials from both institutions signed a 2-year agreement for academic exchange and cooperation. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement provides a framework of a scientific academic exchange program between institutions.

Chaminade faculty and students and DPAA staff will benefit from the free and open exchange of technical expertise in the form of consultation, guest lectures, short-term training and internships. Chaminade University and DPAA, pursuant to the MOU, have agreed to provide access to facilities, equipment, and educational material when appropriate and mutually beneficial.

“The MOU potentially allows for greater opportunities for student internships at undergraduate and graduate levels,” said David Carter, Ph.D., director of Chaminade’s forensic sciences program. “It also reinforces the use of the university’s forensic sciences field areas for research and training by DPAA.”

DPAA is the lead U.S. government organization for the identification of unaccounted for American personnel from past military conflicts. To achieve its mission, the DPAA staffs a state-of-the-art forensic anthropology laboratory in Hawaii. Well-trained forensic anthropology technicians are an essential component of the laboratory. Chaminade University is the only higher education institution in Hawaii that offers undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in Forensic Sciences.

Celebrating 60 years of educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University offers programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. The main campus is located in Kaimuki at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. For more information, visit the Chaminade web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###


(Sitting left to right) Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University, joined forces in an MOU agreement which provides a framework for a scientific academic exchange program between their two institutions.

(Sitting left to right) Retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, director of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, president of Chaminade University, joined forces in an MOU agreement which provides a framework for a scientific academic exchange program between their two institutions.

(From left to right,) Miranda Jans, PhD; Stephanie Ah Sam, MSFS; Dr. David Carter, PhD; Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD; Mr. Michael Linnington (Director of DPAA); John Byrd, PhD; Vince Sava, MA

(From left to right,) Miranda Jans, PhD; Stephanie Ah Sam, MSFS; Dr. David Carter, PhD; Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD; Mr. Michael Linnington (Director of DPAA); John Byrd, PhD; Vince Sava, MA

CAPTION: From left to right, Miranda Jans, PhD; Stephanie Ah Sam, MSFS; Dr. David Carter, PhD; Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD; Mr. Michael Linnington (Director of DPAA); John Byrd, PhD; Vince Sava, MA

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