Scholars respond to Capitol insurrection

Leaning on their expertise in history, ethics and religious studies, faculty from the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics reflect on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

Podcast explores COVID-19 vaccine, treatment developments

In the latest episode of the podcast “Show Me the Science,” William G. Powderly, MD, the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health, says that although COVID-19 vaccine development has been rapid, the search for therapies for patients infected with the novel coronavirus has been less successful.

Music brings ‘Sounds of Cheer’

Earlier this year, the Department of Music in Arts & Sciences created a series of digital postcards to share musical performances amid the pandemic. Now, it is sharing a festive gift with the campus community — students and faculty performing holiday favorites.

Biden should halt sales of certain U.S. tech to China, Vittert says

Fox News

Liberty Vittert, at Olin Business School, writes in an opinion piece on Fox News that  technological identification facilitated by the U.S. is “a dangerous tool that tyrannical governments can use against their own people,” such as the Uighur Muslims in northwest China.

WashU Athletics launches podcast

Washington University Athletics has launched a podcast, “Outside the Game,” to delve into pressing topics in college athletics. 

In the first episode, Anthony J. Azama, the John M. Schael Director of Athletics, visits with Tim Bono, lecturer in psychological and brain sciences and assistant dean in Arts & Sciences, to discuss “positive mindset.” 

‘The Twilight’s Last Gleaming’

In the fall issue of The Common Reader, the university’s online journal, seven WashU faculty members share essays on topics ranging from race and COVID-19 to police brutality and America as the house of pain.

‘Making sense of the racial divergence of AIDS and COVID-19’

The COVID-19 infection rate among Black and Latinx people and white people remains disproportionate. Looking back at the AIDS epidemic, René Esparza in Arts & Sciences finds a striking similarity in the country’s historical treatment of viruses that disproportionally affect minority communities. 

‘Health care workers are experiencing more than COVID-19 burnout’


Psychiatrist Jessica Gold, at the School of Medicine, co-writes an op-ed published on CNN’s website about the strain health-care workers are under as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. “We, collectively, say that we are ‘tired’ because we have no other, easy words to describe how we are.”

Remaining hopeful this Thanksgiving

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin reflects in a blog post on the difficulties of this past year and shares a message of hope and gratitude as we head into Thanksgiving.

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