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WSU professors help author national paper on changing grasslands

Since the first Homo sapiens emerged in Africa roughly 300,000 years ago, grasslands have sustained humanity and thousands of other species. But today, those grasslands are shifting beneath our feet. WSU professors Leland Russell and Greg Houseman are two of the authors of a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal – released by the Smithsonian Institution this week – about key changes to these grasslands. Read more at

 WSU's Alexandre Shvartsburg wins Presidential Early Career Award

The PECASE is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government to outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers and who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology.

Wichita getting national help amid high violent crime rate

A violent crime rate about twice the national average has prompted Wichita law enforcement officials to join a national program that aims to drive down crime.

How Martian microbes could survive in the salty puddles of the red planet

These findings may expand what scientists consider habitable when it comes to dry or cold worlds, Schneegurt said. It also could mean there is a greater risk than previously thought that Earth microbes can contaminate other worlds.

Dried Earth microbes could grow on Mars with just a little humidity

Dessicated Halomonas bacteria from Washington’s Hot Lake perked up and began growing again after absorbing humidity in a jar, astrobiologist Mark Schneegurt, of Wichita State University in Kansas, said June 21 at the ASM Microbe 2019 meeting. 

KPTS: One on One with Victor Hogstrom

Andrew Hippisley, dean, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, explains how he landed in Wichita from Scotland and discusses his belief of how learning, loving and living all go together.