The 82nd Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists (2013)


Session 44. Forensic Anthropology, Human Rights and Bioarchaeology of the Individual: A Tribute to the Life and Work of Karen Ramey Burns. Invited Poster Symposium. Chair: Megan Moore

Saturday Morning, 301D Add to calendar

Modern Biological Anthropology owes much of its current focus and direction to the work and contribution of Dr. Karen Ramey Burns. She helped develop and mentored forensic teams around the world. Her reach extended all across the Americas to North Africa, Europe, and Melanesia.  She testified as an expert witness in trials at the local, state, and international levels. She helped to identify individuals from mass graves in Guatemala and Bosnia, among others. As a Fulbright Scholar, she spent a year as a faculty member of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotà, Colombia, where she was a founding member of the non-governmental forensic anthropology team EQUITAS. With DMORT, she worked with recovery and identification of national mass disasters of the World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina. She helped teach courses for the International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program of the US Department of Justice. She had her hand in the bioarchaeology of a Roman necropolis looking for evidence of an early documented genocide. Kar Burns investigated the bioarchaeology of the individual, namely the cases of Amelia Earhart and Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski. These contributions are the inspiration for this symposium, with friends/contributors speaking to each of the areas of biological anthropology that she helped to shape.

1 Add to calendar Dr. Karen Burns: Pioneer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Florida. Michael W. Warren.
2 Add to calendar The legacy of Dr. Karen Ramey Burns: a focus on the individual in forensic and bioarchaeological contexts. Jonathan D. Bethard, Megan K. Moore.
3 Add to calendar The human in what remains: Reflections of Dr. Karen Ramey Burns. Francisco J. Baires.
4 Add to calendar Human Rights in Colombia and the Creation of EQUITAS, an Independent Organization for the Support of Victims. Ana Carolina Guatame-Garcia.
5 Add to calendar Training and Empowerment in Forensic Anthropology on an International Level: How the Life’s Work of Dr. Karen Ramey Burns Has Inspired Training in Colombia. Elizabeth A. DiGangi.
6 Add to calendar What Happened to Wilma? Demonstrative Evidence in an FBI Cold Case. Alexis M. Smith, Caitlin Dardenne, Wayne Woodward, Brent Benson.
7 Add to calendar The Legacy of Dr. Karen Ramey Burns: A Focus on the Individual. Shelby A. Holtzman, William Haglund, Megan K. Moore.
8 Add to calendar Presenting evidence concerning human remains: Improving expert testimony. John M. McCullough, Caitlin N. Dardenne.
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