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FAC Celebrates 30th Anniversary

FAC students doing fieldworkThe Forensic Anthropology Center (FAC) at UT continues to be the global leader in forensic anthropological research and training as we celebrate our 30th anniversary.

We have increased and expanded the scope of research aimed directly at assisting the police and medical examiners in locating and identifying missing persons, as well as estimating the time since death. Recent research activities include developing new bone measurements to increase the reliability of metric sex, stature and ancestry estimations, and investigating how bacteria (microbes), both in the soil and on the human body, can be used to estimate time since death.

In addition, we just initiated our first living subjects research project whereby some pre-registered donors in our Body Donation program are participating in a biometrics project. This project will assist in the development of improved tools to better identify individuals from their irises, faces, and fingerprints. Finally, we continue to expand our training programs for our students and law enforcement agencies around the world.

We are immeasurably grateful to the individuals and their families who donate their bodies to the FAC for such important scientific research and training. To learn more about our Body Donation program, visit our website.

In addition to this milestone, FAC Director Dawnie Steadman has been named a Betty Lynn Hendrickson Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. This two-year honorific title recognizes the great contributions that Dawnie makes to the department, college, and university in research, teaching, and service. The award is richly deserved. Congratulations Dawnie!