, The Ellis R. Kerley Forensic Sciences Foundation works on behalf and at the direction of the Board of Directors to develop and encourage the science of anthropology while enhancing educational opportunities in the targeted university system through scholarship awards and enrichment programs for students who demonstrate, through academic excellence and leadership in their communities, their capacity for and commitment to making a difference in the field of forensic anthropology.
The personal and educational development of anthropology scholars and the contributions they make to the forensic field, their communities, and educational institutions embodies the essence of the Foundation’s mission.
Forensic anthropology is "the scientific discipline that focuses on the life, death, and postlife history of a specific individual, as reflected primarily in their skeletal remains and the physical and forensic context in which they were emplaced" (Dirkmaat et al., 2008:47). The identification of skeletal, badly decomposed, or otherwise unidentified human remains is important for both legal and humanitarian reasons. Forensic anthropologists apply theory and methods derived from biological anthropology, archaeology, and cultural anthropology, as well as, develop their own theory and methods to analyze human remains in order to assist with the determination of cause and manner of death. Forensic anthropologists frequently work in conjunction with forensic pathologists, odontologists, and homicide investigators to identify a decedent, document and interpret skeletal trauma and disease, and evaluate the taphonomic changes to remains.
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Celebrating 20 years of support for forensic anthropology. Help us commemorate Dr. Kerley and his family's legacy within the discipline.
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