Philips named co-director of infectious diseases division

Jennifer Philips
Tuberculosis expert Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine, has been named co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

Obituary: J. Evan Sadler, director of hematology, 67

J. Evan Sadler photo
Pioneering hematologist J. Evan Sadler, MD, PhD, a world-renowned expert in the study and treatment of blood clotting disorders and director of the Division of Hematology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Thursday, Dec. 13, at his home in Clayton, Mo., following a brief illness. He was 67.

McDonnell Scholar wins Three Minute Thesis competition

Po-Cheng Lin
Graduate student and McDonnell International Scholars Academy scholar Po-Cheng Lin delivered the winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis competition, held at the McDonnell Academy’s 7th International Symposium in Beijing.

Thanks for the giving

I am proud of St. Louis and its many generous citizens. They are some of the most philanthropic-minded in the country, the city having been named the third most charitable city in the U.S. by Charity Navigator, and the stories of generosity are merry and many.

Washington University senior wins cookie contest

Gabbie Eyler won the People’s Choice Award in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Holiday Cookie Contest for her chocolate turtle cookies, a chocolate sugar cookie rolled in toasted pecans and drizzled with chocolate and caramel. It is the second straight year a senior has won a top prize in the annual contest. Eyler learned how to bake from her mother, Amy Eyler, associate professor of public health at the Brown School.

Faculty Achievement Award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for Washington University in St. Louis’ annual Faculty Achievement Awards, known as the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award and the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 15.

New genetic clues to early-onset form of dementia

An international team of researchers, led by the School of Medicine, has found that a lone mutation in a single gene that causes an inherited form of frontotemporal dementia makes it harder for neurons in the brain to communicate with one another, leading to neurodegeneration.

Wick’s math collaboration wins international support

Brett Wick, professor of mathematics, and three other mathematicians from the U.S., France and Australia, received a Discovery Project award for their collaborative international project “Harmonic analysis: function spaces and partial differential equations.”

Engineering project wins NASA prize

A collaboration between Washington University in St. Louis and Applied Particle Technology (APT), a company founded by university alumni, won the NASA Earth and Space Air Prize competition.