Science is big news in Spokane! This picture of molecular anthropologist Dr. Brian Kemp made a splash above the fold on the front page of today's Spokesman Review. Using molecular techniques he devised as a graduate student at UC Davis, he has established the age of native peoples in the Western Hemisphere to exceed 15,000 years. Check out the Discover Magazine story, or the original report in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. The story in Spokane's paper was to feature how prominent Washington State University is becoming on the national research scene. He actually did the work as a post-doc at Vanderbilt. It seems as though he is setting up a new lab at Wazzu.
If Seattle's papers would stop trying to pick apart the University of Washington for animal research policy, human subject trials and medical mistakes and focus on the positives of having a world class university in the backyard, maybe it would be easier to fund higher education in this state.
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