Forensic Anthropology Center News

Local Memphis: Local Attorney Wants To Reopen 75-Year-Old Cold Case

Local Memphis this week highlighted the story of a retired West Tennessee attorney who has been investigating the cold case of the first NAACP member killed in the United States fighting for civil rights. Jim Emison turned to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm, last year for help in finding Elbert Williams’ body. The

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WDBJ 7: Lexington woman has personal ties to the Body Farm

Roanoke, Virginia-based television station WDBJ 7 recently featured a story about a woman who has ties to UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center, also known as the Body Farm. The woman’s mother donated her body to help further the center’s research. Read and watch the story here.

Gizmodo: The Science Behind Dogs That Detect Dead Bodies

Gizmodo recently highlighted two studies conducted at UT’s Forensic Anthropology Center–also known as the Body Farm–that discuss the chemical vapors and compounds produced by the body during decomposition. Read the story here.

High schoolers get crash course in forensics

Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel and WBIR-TV featured an internship for Knox County high school students in forensic anthropology. Fifteen juniors and seniors wrapped up a two-week internship at the Forensic Anthropology Center  November 21. They learned how to identify human bones, DNA, and other forensic skills. This is the program’s first year, and professors say

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WBIR: UT “Body Farm” founder critical of MH17 victim recovery

WBIR-TV

WBIR-TV interviewed Bill Bass, founder of the Forensic Anthropology Center at UT, about the recovery and identification of the remains of the victims of crashed Malaysia Flight 17. Bass said time is working against the forensic experts. For more, visit WBIR-TV’s website.

WUOT: Mass Grave Project As Part Of Human Rights Initiative

WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper interviewed anthropology graduate student Katie Corcoran and Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Devin White about a project they are working on at the Forensic Anthropology Center. The project studies how mass graves change over time to assist to detection. To listen to the story, visit WUOT’s website.

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.