News highlights for August 2, 2010

CisionPoint news monitoring provides this small sampling of the university's daily news coverage. Click headline to read full text via Cision or link directly to the online article where available. For questions or comments about this service, or to add or delete a name from the mailing list, please contact Gerry Everding.

Outlet: E Science News
How blocking the ‘Programmed Death 1’ protein may treat or prevent sepsis and severe infection
Publication Date: 08/02/2010

Extract: Scientists have made an important discovery that could lead to new drugs that reduce the severity of blood infections leading to sepsis. Research presented in the August 2010 issue of Journal of Leukocyte Biology shows how interfering with the function of the cell membrane protein called “Programmed Death 1” (PD-1) improves survival in a clinically relevant model of severe infection. “Clinical trials of anti-PD-1 are currently underway in patients with cancer and in patients with hepatitis C,” said Richard S. Hotchkiss, M.D., co-study author from the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine. Link to Article

Outlet: Tulsa World
Winners announced for poetry and fiction
Publication Date: 08/01/2010

Extract: Four women writers were named the winners of the 2010 Nimrod Literary Awards, sponsored by Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose. Shannon Robinson won first place for her story “Miscarriages,” which last won a prize for fiction at Washington University in St. Louis, where she is currently studying. Her work has appeared in such literary journals as Crab Creek Review, Gargoyle, Whiskey Island, Sycamore Review and Sou’wester. She is a contributing editor at River Styx literary magazine. Read Full Text

Outlet: Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Novel bee venom derivative forms a nanoparticle ‘smart bomb’ to target cancer cells
Publication Date: 08/02/2010

Extract: New research in the FASEB Journal shows that a peptide derived from bee venom can deliver liposomes bearing drugs or diagnostic dyes to specific cells or tissues. This research shows how modified melittin may revolutionize treatments for cancer and perhaps other conditions, such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, and serious infections, said Samuel A. Wickline, PhD, a researcher involved in the work at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Link to Article

Outlet: ESPNU
NCAA year in review

Extract: ESPN’s NCAA Year in Review mentioned several WUSTL sports teams, including the division III women’s volleyball matchup between fourth-ranked Washington University in St. Louis and number-one-ranked Juniata; the women’s soccer team’s 1-0 loss to Messiah; and the men’s basketball win over Hope College. “And I love those stories about redemption. How about Washington University of St. Louis winning it all in DIII basketball after losing in the final game last year? Link to Broadcast

Outlet: Saint Louis Beacon
Small is beautiful: How nanotechnology is improving diagnoses of life-threatening illnesses
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Extract: The removal of the lymph nodes is a routine diagnostic procedure to see whether cancer has spread. Doctors and patients have long hoped for a way to learn these results without invasive surgery. Now, new imaging technology being developed by Lihong Wang and colleagues at Washington University will identify the sentinel lymph node and guide the doctor in taking a needle biopsy. For most patients, that biopsy will reveal that the cancer has not spread and those underarm nodes can remain in place and keep working to drain the area. Link to Article

Outlet: St. Louis Magazine
Baby steps – A parent’s guide to tracking children’s development
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Extract: Junior high is a tough time for almost every kid. Pressure from peers, physical changes, and changing attitudes can make life seem like an everyday struggle.” These kids have a limited ability for abstract thought and often see the world in very concrete terms, which makes it difficult for them to anticipate future consequences,” says Dr. Sarah Garwood, an adolescent-medicine physician in pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine. “The biggest thing emotionally during this time is that kids will test boundaries and pull away from their parents. Their job is to become intellectual, functioning adults, but they still need their parents, so it’s a push-pull situation.” Link to Article

News in higher education

Outlet: The New York Times

Title/Program: Plagiarism Lines Blur for Students in Digital Age

Publication Date: August 1, 2010

Excerpt: Professors used to deal with plagiarism by admonishing students to give credit to others and to follow the style guide for citations, and pretty much left it at that. But college writing tutors and adminstrators now suggest that many students simply do not grasp that using words they did not write is a serious misdeed. It is a disconnect that is growing in the Internet age as concepts of intellectual property, copyright and originality are under assault in the unbridled exchange of online information.

Outlet: The New York Times

Title/Program: The Academic-Industrial Complex

Publication Date: July 31, 2010

Excerpt: The New York Times examines what some consider to be a cozy and lucrative club: presidents and other senior university officials who cross from academia into the business world to serve on corporate boards. While academics can often bring fresh perspectives, managerial experience and the imprimatur of a respected institution to a board, some analysts worry that academics are possibly imperiling or compromising the independence of their universities when they venture onto boards.

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