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Steadman joins ranks of profession’s elite

Dawnie Steadman, assistant professor of anthropology, recently earned certification as a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. The certification is the highest accreditation available in the field of forensic anthro-pology. Less than 75 people have obtained the certification since the program began in 1977, and Steadman is one of only 60 people nationwide who currently hold the credential.

Forensic anthropology is the application of the principles of skeletal biology and archaeology to the identification of skeletal, fragmentary, decomposed and incomplete human remains. Steadman’s work can estimate the age, sex, ancestry, stature and unique features of the skeleton to render an identification. Forensic anthropologists such as Steadman frequently work with law enforcement, forensic pathologists and medical examiners to locate, recover and identify skeletal remains and determine the timing and circumstances of death.

In 2001, Steadman was a member of a federal disaster team responding to the World Trade Center site to help identify victims of the Sept. 11 attack. She has also helped identify long-buried remains in war-torn countries and has testified in court to help resolve murder cases.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08