News highlights for August 9, 2010

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Girls hitting puberty at early age, study suggests

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that girls who hit puberty younger than 10 are much more common than they were in the past two decades. One important element missing from this study is information about the onset of menstruation, which could indicate whether puberty has actually started. “It’s going to take a lot of follow-up to say whether this is really puberty,” said Dr. Abby Hollander, associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “Within five years, we should be able to say whether the average girls get their periods is earlier.”

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The Wall Street Journal Online
WUSTL law dean will oversee BP spill-recovery fund

BP announced Monday that it has made an initial deposit of $3 billion into a $20 billion spill-recovery fund, and that the account would be administered by a newly established trust overseen by former U.S. District Judge John Martin and by Kent Syverud, dean of the Washington University School of Law. Link to Article

Chronicle of Higher Education
Professors: Hot at their own risk

Lemondrop, an online site for women that calls itself ‘sweet, tasty, and tart,’ put together its list of the best-looking male professors last year based on nominations from female students. ‘I wasn’t sure if this was a joke,’ says Bradley P. Stoner, an associate professor of anthropology and medicine at Washington University in St. Louis who appeared on Lemondrop’s list. ‘I’m not a good-looking person.’ The Lemondrop list, published in May 2009, also included Bret Gustafson, PhD, associate professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences. Link to Article

Beyond the Arch: St. Louis offers a multitude of architectural pleasures, starting with its Citygarden sculpture park

There’s much more to this proud riverfront city than the Arch. On Sept. 24, organizers are scheduled to announce the winners of an international design competition to invigorate the area around the Arch. “There’s a tremendous amount that’s gone on in the last 15 years,” said Chicago architect Cynthia Weese, former dean of the school of architecture at Washington University in St. Louis. While the city does not rank with Chicago or New York as an architectural mecca, she added there’s a tremendous amount to see.” Link to Article
Don’t delay pregnancy after miscarriage: study

You don’t need to delay a second pregnancy if you’ve had a miscarriage, Scottish researchers said Friday. Other doctors say it’s too early to change current practice. ‘We would need some additional data to really firmly direct patients,’ obstetrician Dr. Alison G. Cahill of Washington University in St. Louis told Reuters Health. ‘What I tell my patients is that there is some available data and that from that data the recommendation from the WHO is to wait 6 months,’ she said. ‘But when we take a step back, most women go on to have a successful pregnancy.’ Link to Article

Saint Louis Beacon
A plaza of hope, a place for quiet at BJC

The Ellen S. Clark Hope Plaza is a place of peace and quiet and a tribute to Ellen Clark, who passed away in March of this year. It can be found at the entrance to the BJC Institute of Health, which is part of the Washington University School of Medicine. The plaza covers a little more than two acres, with 100 large trees, 40,000 plantings, the fountain, the platform and fiber optic lights. The space that Steve Sobo, director of design and construction at the School of Medicine, calls a deep woods experience, was previously an urban jungle. Originally, Sobo says, the area was designed to be somewhat generic with a much smaller budget. Link to Article

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tour guides make universities ‘come alive’


Campus tours are becoming a key piece of the recruitment machinery, and it’s the students who lead these tours that make all the difference. It’s the personal stories they tell and the way they tell them. It’s their ability to relate to parents and their children. But more than anything, it’s their ability to turn prospective students into actual students. All of this while walking backward.

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