As part of the university’s successful Carnegie Community Engagement Classification application process, the Office of Research and Engagement has compiled a list of fifty of UT’s best community-campus partnerships. The university will be celebrating its status as an engaged institution throughout the year by featuring these individual examples in articles that highlight their unique contribution to the community.
The Forensic Anthropology Center
The Forensic Anthropology Center offers training to law enforcement, as well as assistance with identification of remains, at the world’s first natural outdoor lab developed for forensic studies. Center members also work on international recovery efforts and teach in the National Forensic Academy, an intensive, ten-week training program designed to meet the needs of law enforcement agencies in evidence identification, collection, and preservation. Furthermore, Center faculty and students have enriched the current forensic science curriculum in more than ninety high schools by running Forensic Files, a program that engages high school students interested in forensic science by providing lively presentations and hands-on forensic anthropology exercises.
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“We’re actually very socially adept people,” said Dawnie Steadman, Director of the Forensic Anthropology Center. “TV makes it seem like (forensic anthropologists) can do everything but it takes very specialized skills to work on these cases, so we work with broad networks all over the country and worldwide.”