Welcome to the Source

These are extraordinary times, and this year the Washington University community has come together like never before. Here in The Source, we share the many ways we’re responding to the questions before us, from the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19; to pressing social issues in the St. Louis community and beyond; to the research, scholarship and creativity that drive us on campus every day. These are our stories.

No more needles?

No more needles?

The lab of Srikanth Singamaneni at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis developed a biosensing microneedle patch that can be applied to the skin, capture a biomarker and, thanks to its unprecedented sensitivity, allow clinicians to detect the biomarker’s presence.
Webber to speak on growth, equity in St. Louis

Webber to speak on growth, equity in St. Louis

Henry S. Webber, the university’s executive vice chancellor for civic affairs and strategic planning, will share what he has learned during a long-term study on the comparative performance of cities and regions. He will explain his findings on how St. Louis compares to peers and provide ideas for inclusive growth. The virtual event, presented by the Weidenbaum Center, will take place at noon Wednesday, Jan. 27.
Obamacare to get a rebuild

Obamacare to get a rebuild

Dr. Karen Joynt Maddox expects the new Biden/Kamala Harris administration to retool and reinforce Obamacare, rather than the previous administration’s failed attempts to repeal and replace. She offers areas ripe for both quick and gradual change: reinstating health discrimination protection, investing in insurance enrollment, creating the “public option,” and broadening competition in insurance markets.