What is wrong with pharma?

The general public has a sense that something is amiss with the pharmaceutical industry, but few might consider it in a state of collapse. Washington University’s Michael Kinch tries to convince otherwise in “A Prescription for Change,” his history and review of the industry. 

The neediest case … or the prettiest face?

On Giving Tuesday, holiday donation campaigns launch into high gear. But how do people decide where to donate their money? They know that they should give to the neediest cases, but new research from Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin Business School shows often, the donation decision comes down to something called a “charity beauty premium.”

The wizardry of Harry Potter’s bank

Witches and wizards in the world created by J.K. Rowling have only one choice when it comes to banking. Gringotts Wizarding Bank is a monopoly for those living in the Potterverse. Zachary Feinstein, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis, explored the outcome of dividing up Gringotts Wizarding Bank using the latest financial mathematics research.