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‘How to create a neuroscience pipeline’

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Biologist Erik Herzog, of Arts & Sciences, talks about efforts to get young people, from grade school on up, interested in neuroscience careers. He shares university efforts toward that end on “Hold That Thought.”

Barmash edits book on the Exodus

Pamela Barmash, associate professor of Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew in Arts & Sciences, is co-editor of a new interdisciplinary book of scholarly essays on “Exodus in the Jewish Experience: Echoes and Reverberations” (Lexington Books).

Medicine’s Curiel publishes gene therapy book

David Curiel, MD, PhD, professor of radiation oncology at the School of Medicine, has just published the second edition of “Adenoviral Vectors for Gene Therapy.” The book explains gene-delivery vehicles based on the adenovirus, an emerging tool in treating disease.

‘The many lives of Michelangelo’

William Wallace, an art historian in Arts & Sciences and author of “Michelangelo: The Artist, the Man, and his Times,” discusses how documents — including an extremely rare one in University Libraries’ Special Collections — provide a window into Michelangelo’s life and art for “Hold That Thought.”

Opening doors (and accounts) at tax times

Michal Grinstein-Weiss and Jane Oliphant, of the Brown School’s Center for Social Development, write a blog on the New America site about the importance of savings and the opportunities that tax refunds present.

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‘Sorry, you can’t speed read’

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Psychologists Rebecca Treiman and Jeffrey Zacks, of Arts & Sciences, write an op-ed in The New York Times about efforts to improve reading speed (and warning there are no easy shortcuts if you want to retain what you read).

‘Unlawful assembly as social control’

John Inazu, of the School of Law, writes in the UCLA Law Review about the offense of unlawful assembly and argues that the modern approach can give law enforcement too much discretion, encroaching on people’s First Amendment rights.

‘Working together to promote opportunity’

Jason Purnell, of the Brown School, co-wrote an editorial in The Journal of the American Medical Association about the relationship between income and life expectancy and improving population health.

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‘SJR 39 will hurt Missourians and Missouri companies’

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Washington University leaders joined with several Missouri business leaders in an op-ed in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch criticizing a proposed constitutional amendment being debated at the state Capitol. The measure would allow people and businesses to not serve same-sex weddings if they have religious objections. Business leaders argue the measure would harm the state’s economy.

‘Understanding Brendan Dassey’s sentence’

Peter Joy, of the School of Law, writes about the sentence of Brendan Dassey, the teenager whose criminal case was featured along with that of Steven Avery in the “Making a Murderer” documentary series on Netflix. Joy explains the “Strickland standard” and how it applies to this case.

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