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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Give fifteen Knox County high school students a hip bone and they can tell you if the person it belongs to was male, female, young, middle-aged, or old.
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’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.
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 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.
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.
WBIR-TV anchor Abby Ham conducts an in-depth interview with Professor Emeritus of Forensic Anthropology Bill Bass, best known for founding the Forensic Anthropology Center (also known as the “Body Farm”). Bass has written seven books and performed numerous breakthroughs in forensic anthropology
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.
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.”