WUSTL Reader offers access to thought-provoking ideas

Washington University in St. Louis has launched the WUSTL Reader, a free mobile app that collects in a single place all the compelling stories and content that set WUSTL apart. (Credit: Courtesy: Office of Public Affairs)

“Our community now has easier access to everything we’re putting out,” said Ebba Segerberg, PhD, communications director for Arts & Sciences, who developed the initial concept for the app. “We now have a simple way to browse all of our major stories and publications without having to go to different websites.”

A team of communications and information technology professionals from across the university planned and created the app, in partnership with RareWire, a firm that has developed apps for publications such as The Atlantic, Ebony magazine, GlobalPost.com and Johns Hopkins Magazine.

“Many different individuals contributed their time and talent to determine not just the features and functions of the app but to create a model for working together,” said Jill Friedman, vice chancellor for public affairs and project sponsor. “This initiative illustrates the spirit of collaboration for which Washington University is known. It is also just one example of how we are serving our broader community in new and innovative ways.”

The team included: Segerberg; Patricia Anagnos, of the Brown School; Ran Jing and Beth Miller, of the School of Engineering & Applied Science; Jessica Berrick and Rob Schmidt, of Information Services & Technology; Kimberly Singer, of the Institute for Public Health; Chris Amelung, Tracy Collins, Holly Edmiston, Colleen Lyerla, Ellen Rostand and Michael Spear, of Public Affairs and Medical Public Affairs; and Amanda Zuckerman, who graduated from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts this year.

Additional members included Kelly Marksbury, of Alumni & Development; Paula Crews, of Olin Business School; and Katina Truman, of University College in Arts & Sciences.

For questions about the app, email reader@wustl.edu.

Check out an overview of the WUSTL Reader.