News highlights for August 6, 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.  

Fox 2 News at 5

Research has shown that if teens reach adolescence obese, chances are they will turn into obese adults. A new study at Washington University is all about early prevention while the child is 7 to 11 years old. And while they’re dealing with children, they’re also hoping to work with a parent too. Dr. Dorothy Van Buren from Washington University School of Medicine talks about the study. Washington University is actively looking for participants. Link to Article/Online Video

Wash U study highlights power of sequencing patient tumors in breast cancer clinical trial

Using patient samples from an ongoing clinical trial of hormone therapy in breast cancer, researchers from Washington University’s Genome Center have sequenced 50 tumor/normal pairs from breast cancer patients with the goal of identifying genomic signatures in the patients who respond to the therapy as well as in those who did not respond. Elaine Mardis, co-director of the Genome Center, presented early results of the sequencing study — as well as preliminary results from a separate study. Link to Article

US Embassy Bahrain: Manama
Bahraini student to study at WUSTL through undergraduate exchange program

Washington University will host one of six Bahraini students participating in the 2010 Near East and South Asia (NESA) Undergraduate Exchange Program. The NESA program provides full scholarships to outstanding students from Bahrain and other countries in the Near East and South Asia for one academic year of non-degree, undergraduate study in the United States. Link to Article

Ladue News
Preventing developmental delays

When a small child can’t hear, he doesn’t develop speech normally, and when he can’t see, learning suffers. That’s why early detection in both areas is key to giving children a leg up on later achievement. Washington University School of Medicine pediatric otolaryngologist Dr. Judith Lieu stresses the need for catching hearing problems as young as possible. “The biggest development in the last 10 years is mandated hearing screening in both Missouri and Illinois for children by one month of age,” she says. “When we identify hearing loss early, we can head off speech and language difficulty.” Link to Article Related news release

University of Arkansas Daily Headlines
Community design centers light rail book awarded NEA funding

The University of Arkansas Community Design Center, an outreach program of the School of Architecture, makes the case for light rail primarily in pictures in a book to be published this spring, Visioning Rail Transit in Northwest Arkansas: Lifestyles and Ecologies. The project launched in 2006 with three studios involving 40 School of Architecture students and four professors, including graduate students at the Washington University School of Architecture who participated in a design studio. Link to Article

The Patriot Ledger
Shocking: New playground is juiced; Static electricity delays opening of Marshfield’s new Kids at Play Park

…the devices to temporarily shut off. Robert Morley, an electrical engineer at Washington University, studied the phenomenon by having his two daughters take repeated trips down a slide. Through the data he gathered, Morley determined that the short trip can generate between 10,000 and 20,000 volts. And the drier the weather, the higher the voltage. “All playgrounds have static electricity,” said Bill Eckhardt, president of ChildScapes, “but this is a lot of plastic.” Eckhardt said the problem…Read Full Text
The legendary Ted Turner is headed to the Lou this fall

Ted Turner, a philanthropist, media mogul, environmentalist and the largest private landowner in the country, will be honored at this year’s Endangered Wolf Center gala beginning at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 1 at the St. Louis Zoo. Turner is being awarded for his dedication to saving a nearly extinct species of wolves and returning them to their natural habitats. Founded in 1971, the Wolf Center is located on 63 isolated wooded acres within Washington University’s Tyson Research Center about 20 miles southwest of St. Louis. Link to Article

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Science Insider

Scientists decry proposed ban on chimp research
In the latest twist in the protracted debate over the use of chimpanzees in biomedical research, U.S. senators on Aug. 3 introduced the Great Ape Protection Act, an identical bill to one that has been stuck in a House of Representatives committee for more than a year. The move comes on the heels of a letter sent by a who’s who of chimpanzee researchers to Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, that sharply criticizes the bill, warning that it “would put extreme and unreasonable restrictions on future chimpanzee research.” Link to Article

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