WUSTL in the News – March 5, 2014

Science Magazine
Low-protein diet may extend lifespan
A controversial new theory about the foods that can extend life is taking shape. “If these two studies are really correct, what people in general are trying to do” to get and stay thin “might be completely wrong in terms of maintaining health and even longevity,” says Shin-ichiro Imai, a molecular biologist at Washington University in St. Louis who studies aging.

Link to article: http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/03/low-protein-diet-may-extend-lifespan

Al Jazeera America
Yugoslavia’s children, grown up in St. Louis
Sandra Tasic was a teenager when she emigrated from Croatia, to start a new life in St. Louis. While studying at Washington University, she encountered several custodial workers who also spoke the Serbo-Croat language, likely part of the wave of refugees from Bosnia that came to the city after her own arrival. “When they recognized that we spoke the same language, there was this immediate recognition,” she said.
Link to article: http://america.aljazeera.com/features/2014/2/yugoslavia-s-childrengrownupinstlouis.html#featureArticle-chapter–5

Trouble in paradise: Hawaiians vs. Big Agriculture

“The claim that we need GM crops to feed the world is silly, but we keep hearing it over and over again. We certainly make enough food in the world; we make too much food, and we make it badly,” says Glenn Davis Stone, a professor of anthropology and environmental studies at Washington University. The reason people still go hungry across the world has little to do with production, he says, and a lot to do with what World Health Organization calls “maldistribution and inequality.”
Link to article: http://www.salon.com/2014/03/05/trouble_in_paradise_hawaiians_vs_big_agriculture_partner/

The coming battery boom will need better software, sensors & data
Before we get drowned in cheap batteries, we’ll need better software to monitor and manage them, both optimizing their batteries use and keeping them safe. Washington University in St. Louis has a team focused on building modelling software to create a predictive battery management system, which could optimize battery cell use and charging.
Link to article: http://gigaom.com/2014/03/05/the-coming-battery-boom-will-need-better-software-sensors-data/

Dance Teacher
David Dorfman
WUSTL business school alum David Dorfman, now chair of the Connecticut College dance department, will lead a State Department–sponsored and Brooklyn Academy of Music–produced DanceMotion USA tour to Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. He and his company will hold workshops, outreach events and performances.
Link to article: http://www.dance-teacher.com/2014/03/david-dorfman/

Washington Square News
Youth should not be discouraged from international volunteering
In a survey by WUSTL’s Brown School, more than 95 percent of the interviewees said that international volunteering increased their appreciation of other cultures, challenged their previous beliefs and exposed them to new ideas and ways of seeing the world.
Link to article: http://www.nyunews.com/2014/03/05/lee-7/

St. Louis Business Journal
Venture For America moving forward with St. Louis expansion
Venture for America, a nonprofit that places recent college graduates at startups, was in St. Louis to speak with potential startup owners interested in hiring a VFA fellow. VFA has already tapped Washington University’s rich pool of entrepreneurial talent. Of the program’s first two classes, five fellows have come out of the university.
Link to article: http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/BizNext/2014/03/venture-for-america-moving-forward.html

Fox 2 (St. Louis)
3D printer could help prevent heart attack
WUSTL researchers believe they have come up with a way to help millions of people survive a heart attack, all thanks to a new kind of computer printer. “I think it is a major breakthrough,” said Igor Efimov, a biomedical engineer leading the research team at the Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
Link to article: http://fox2now.com/2014/03/04/3d-printer-could-help-prevent-heart-attack/

Related news release: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26554.aspx

KSDK News 5 (St. Louis)
Washington University freshman leads anti-smoking campaign
A Washington University freshman from Chesterfield helped spread awareness for Missouri’s anti-smoking efforts at the National Press Club.
Link to article: http://www.ksdk.com/story/news/2014/03/04/washington-university-freshman-daniel-giuffra-anti-smoking/6032123/

Related news release: https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26501.aspx

St. Louis Public Radio
Commentary: Community College Innovation Builds Skilled Biotech Workforce
The seeds for the St. Louis biotech boom began as early as 1998 when St. Louis leaders recognized a perfect confluence of key ingredients for growth in plant and life sciences: the geographic location in the nation’s cropland; an abundance of scientific research institutions, including Washington University.
Link to article: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-community-college-innovation-builds-skilled-biotech-workforce

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