Forensic Anthropology Center News

First UT Students in Unique Human Rights Program

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.

News Sentinel: Despite exhaustive efforts, some bodies never get identified

The Knoxville News Sentinel featured the involvement of the Department of Anthropology in NamUs (www.namus.gov). NamUs is the first national resource center for cases of missing persons and unidentified bodies. It allows anyone to cross-check descriptions of a missing person with information about unidentified bodies.

WBIR-TV: Russia convicts man of 2002 Gatlinburg double-murder

For the first time ever, a Russian court has convicted one of its own citizens for a murder that occurred in the United States. The conviction came with help from UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.” The conviction came last month, more than ten years after the crime took place at a Gatlinburg apartment complex.

What’s Your Big Idea?—Bill Bass

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are sharing the big ideas that make a difference in their world. Bill Bass, a professor emeritus of forensic anthropology, had the big idea to start the Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the “Body Farm.”

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

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 at 5:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.