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CMU students gain experience during funeral home probe

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Amid probe, CMU students gain experience

Geologist Bill Hood is helping test human remain samples for families in the Sunset Mesa investigation to determine if the samples are in fact bone. Dr. Hood has been associated with Colorado Mesa University for 22 years. Hood and his student lab assistant, Brianna Trump, expect to test more than 100 samples submitted through the FBI investigation.

Usually Bill Hood uses the lab at Colorado Mesa University for analyzing rocks. The drawers of samples for projects on Mancos shale and analyzing selenium levels give visitors a clue as to what the geologist works on with students in Wubben Hall Room 152.

But the X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, used for detecting the elements in a sample material, is getting used for a slightly different purpose these days.

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