Pregame Showcase: Body Farm Director Looks at Forensics in Crime Solving

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This Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Alabama, will look at how forensic anthropology helps locate and identify crime victims and missing persons.

Dawnie Steadman, anthropology professor and director of the Forensic Anthropology Center, commonly known as the Body Farm, will present The Tales Bones Tell.

The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown University Center Ballroom (Room 213).

Free and open to the public, each showcase features a thirty-minute presentation followed by a fifteen-minute question-and-answer session. Presentations begin two hours before kickoff. A brief reception will be held immediately following each program. Door prizes will be awarded.

“The presentation will discuss what forensic anthropology is and what it does,” Steadman said. “In addition, the presentation will illustrate current research activities taking place at the Forensic Anthropology Center.”

Steadman is a board-certified forensic anthropologist and consults with medical examiners and law enforcement officials across the country. She works on prehistoric and historic cemetery sites, including work on an NSF-funded study about prehistoric Tennessee. Steadman’s book, Hard Evidence: Case Studies in Forensic Anthropology, is in its second edition and discusses the forensic sciences.

Here’s the lineup for the rest of the season:

November 3—The Authority of Citizens: Its Nature and Limits. David Reidy, professor and head of the philosophy department, will talk about the meaning of citizenship in a democracy, maintaining that in a democracy, citizens together have—as free equals—final political authority.

November 10—Protecting Our Water Resources: A Microbiologist’s Perspective. Steven Wilhelm, a microbiology professor who has studied large-scale aquatic systems around the world, will talk about how new tools in molecular biology, limnology (the study of inland waters), and oceanography are helping scientists understand how natural water systems work and how we protect our most valuable natural resource: water.

November 24—Armies of Heaven: The First Crusade and the Quest for Apocalypse. Jay Rubenstein, history professor, former Rhodes scholar, and 2007 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, will explain how apocalyptic thought motivated the crusaders and why this history is relevant to the modern world.

The Pregame Showcase is supported by WUOT 91.9 FM, the Office of Alumni Affairs, and UT Athletics. For more information, visit pregameshowcase.utk.edu.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

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