‘Empress of the stage’

National Public Radio

Paige McGinley, associate professor of performing arts in Arts & Sciences, writes about blues pioneer Bessie Smith for NPR’s “Turning the Tables: Eight Women Who Invented American Popular Music.”

WashU as a place of distinction

In his latest blog post, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin writes about Washington University being a place of distinction — in the past as well as today. He further challenges the campus community to “embed distinction into the fabric of our future.”

‘Protect our human rights, not gun rights’

In the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, and Madaline George, a research fellow at the School of Law, wrote an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decrying “25 years of legislative failure” to act on gun control.

‘Yes, you are a superhero’

Jessica A. Hutchins, of the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, and Thi Nguyen, of the Graduate School, write an article published in Inside Higher Ed about developing your career by imagining the story you want to tell to potential employers.

The scientific legacy of the Apollo program

Together, the six Apollo landings laid the foundation for modern planetary science, writes Brad Jolliff, the Scott Rudolph Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences in Arts & Sciences, in Physics Today. Current research continues to provide a gateway to the solar system.

What it means to be ‘in St. Louis’

In his most recent blog, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin writes about the pride — and responsibility — Washington University has in being “in St. Louis.” He notes that the university “must keep showing up and making an impact — not just in times of crisis, but all the time.”

‘Why speed matters in AV simulations’

Chris Gill, professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, writes an article in Axios about progress toward self-driving cars and how today’s simulations need improvement when it comes to processing speed.

‘How I learned to stop researching and live in the moment’

Brooke Sadler, a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medicine and daughter of the late hematologist J. Evan Sadler, writes a poignant first-person article in the journal Neurology about how her family of scientists dealt with her father’s diagnosis last year of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. The School of Medicine professor died in December.

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