‘Be a force for science’

Barbara Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences, gives an interview in National Science Review about why science is a global public good and must be defended.

Two balloon-borne astrophysics missions ready to go

SuperTIGER may launch any day now, and X-Calibur will be flight-ready right after them,” said Henric Krawczynski, professor of physics in Arts & Sciences. While they wait for launch from Antarctica, the team is eating well, skiing and seal watching. Follow their blog to see how the missions featuring WashU technology fare.

‘Girls must learn to see themselves as scientists’

Olivia Murray, a junior majoring in biology-neuroscience in Arts & Sciences, discusses the importance of encouraging girls to envision careers in science, including highlighting role models, in a commentary in the Times of Northwest Indiana.

‘Five reasons a writer should move to St. Louis’

Sylvia Sukop, senior fellow in creative nonfiction in Arts & Sciences, writes a piece in Literary Hub about the university’s MFA writing program and how St. Louis is a good place for writers, for reasons from culture to cost of living.

‘A prize-winning passion for books’

Ena Selimovic, a doctoral candidate in comparative literature in Arts & Sciences, discusses her book collection in a Q&A on the Library of Congress blog. She won this year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest.

Making the humanities come to life

Lerone Martin, of the John C Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, discusses the importance of technology in the classroom and how it can make the humanities come to life and engage today’s students, in a Q&A on The Teaching Center’s website.

‘From a Trickle to a Torrent’

Geoff Childs, professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, co-authored the book “From a Trickle to a Torrent” with doctoral student Namgyal Choedup, examining what happens to a community when the majority of its young people leave home to pursue an education.

‘Listening for Opportunity’

As the biggest dust storm on Mars that humans have ever seen calms, NASA announced it will continue attempting to contact the Opportunity rover. Ray Arvidson, of Arts & Sciences, deputy principal investigator for the Mars rover mission, shares details of the space agency’s efforts.

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