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OLDEST LIFE ISN’T SO OLD: Alison Olcott Marshall and Craig Marshall, assistant professors of geology, were quoted in a CBS News story about research they published that debunks claims of what was previously thought to be evidence of the oldest evidence of life on Earth. What was originally thought to be 3.5 billion year old bacteria fossils are actually an assortment of minerals. "What we found were minerals that took the appearance of life," Alison Olcott Marshall said. "We went into this assuming these were microfossils -- as was pretty well accepted in the scientific community," she said, describing it as "a good lesson in trusting your data over what you'd been told you should find."

EDUCATING KANSAS DOCTORS: H. David Wilson, dean of the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, was quoted in the Pratt Tribune about efforts to expand the Wichita campus. The goal is to admit more students who would go on to become doctors serving the state. “Kansas needs more doctors, particularly rural Kansas,” Wilson said. “Kansas has 105 counties — 90 are underserved. We turn down some people that would be good doctors. We just don’t have room for them.”

LEARNING FROM KANSAS: Don Stull, professor of anthropology, did an interview with Harvest Public Media about his studies of Garden City, Kan. Stull has been doing research in the community and how it has changed since it became a major beef and poultry processing town in the early 1980s. The city grew rapidly and many social issues came along with the changes. “Communities are always concerned about growth, about job creation, as they should be. All jobs bring certain benefits to a community. They also bring certain costs. In terms of education, health care, social services structure, housing. And communities should enter into those decisions with open eyes,” Stull said.

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