Date(s) - Saturday, June 27, 2015
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Williamson County Public Library
Janna Andronowski will return to talk about Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, what many people know as The Body Farm.
Dr. William M. Bass oversaw the development of the forensic anthropology program at UTK and is credited with the creation of the Forensic Anthropology Center within the Department of Anthropology.
It was the first of its kind to permit systematic study of human decomposition. The 1.3 acres is used to study the decomposition of human remains under a variety of circumstances and enables study of different factors such as climate and insects.
After 30 years of ongoing donors, the skeletal collections offer unique opportunities to study modern human skeletal variation, pathology and trauma. The Bass Donated Skeletal Collection consists of nearly 1000 individuals, making it the largest collection of contemporary human skeletons in the United States.
The FAC provides human identification services through the State Medical Examiner System for the District Attorney General’s Office, arson investigators, plus various state, local, and national law enforcement agencies and county medical examiners.
Janna received her B.A. and B.Sc. from Simon Fraser University, M.Sc. from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Ph.D. student in Biological Anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research interests are in skeletal biology, particularly from a microscopic perspective, and its applications in Bioarchaeology and Forensic Anthropology. She was formerly a research intern with the Forensic Anthropology Unit at the Office of Chief Medical Examiner in New York City (NYC-OCME), and a research assistant at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Forensic Research, and the Mary Rose Trust in Portsmouth, UK. She is currently an instructor in the Department of Anthropology, and involved with the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.