INSIDE BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY
Steadman joins ranks of profession’s elite
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.