New UT research shows humans have different decomposition patterns than pigs and rabbits—a finding that could immediately impact court cases around the world.
Dawnie Steadman News
Dawnie Steadman, director of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, will be featured in National Geographic’s Faces of Death show, which airs 8:00 p.m., Sunday, April 3, on the National Geographic Channel.
ESPN featured Neyland Stadium and UT’s Department of Anthropology in this story about college football stadiums with colorful kinks and oddities. The Department of Anthropology, located inside the stadium in what used to be football players’ dormitory, houses more than 1,000 human skeletons.
National Public Radio featured the Bass Donated Skeletal Collection and Dawnie Steadman, director of UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, in this story. The donated collection contains 1,200 skeletons; it’s a draw for anthropologists, detectives and demographers who come to UT to learn how to read these bones.
Real-life crime scene investigators will excavate human remains, obtain fingerprints from decomposed bodies and collect insect evidence as part of a course at UT this month.
Roanoke, Virginia, television station WDBJ7 visited the Forensic Anthropology Center and spoke to Dawnie Steadman about the work the center does.
The East Tennessee Society of the Archaeological Institute of America and UT’s McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture will continue their annual lecture series Thursday, January 16. The first lecture will feature UT professor Dawnie Steadman, a skeletal biologist who specializes in forensic anthropology, bioarchaeology, and human rights investigations. Steadman will talk about the research on mass grave exhumations being conducted by UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center.
From Syria to Sudan, crimes against humanity are committed around the globe. For the first time in UT history, students will be learning how to help families deal with these atrocities and bring justice to war criminals. The Disasters, Displacement, and Human Rights Program launches this fall. In the program, students will train in various areas of human rights and earn a graduate certificate or concentration in DDHR.
The Knoxville News Sentinel profiles the mass grave research project being conducted the Forensic Anthropology Center. For the next three years, scientists will monitor fresh burial sites made at the center from the sky, from the ground, through sampling and in different light spectrums to determine if the mass graves can be detected from afar.
Game days feature more than football on campus. Now in its twenty-third season, the College of Arts and Science’s Pregame Showcase has been giving fans the chance to hear from esteemed UT faculty prior to each gridiron matchup. This year’s first showcase will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, before the home opener against Georgia State. Professor Cal MacLean, head of the theater department, will talk about the collaboration that has gone into the Clarence Brown Theatre’s production of “Sweeny Todd.”