‘Why the US needs better crime reporting statistics’

The Conversation

Statistician Liberty Vittert, visiting assistant professor in Arts & Sciences, writes a piece in The Conversation about crime reporting data, how Chicago and St. Louis compare, and how the way crimes are counted today “can easily confuse and mislead” people.

‘Ancient theater gets its groove back’

Classics scholar Timothy Moore, in Arts & Sciences, discusses the importance of music in ancient Greek and Roman theater productions, an element often lost in modern-day readings of classic plays, on the Center for the Humanities website. He is working on a book and a website to help give such works their full context.

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‘Materials through the ages’

Hold That Thought

Physicist Kenneth Kelton, of Arts & Sciences, discusses for “Hold That Thought” how materials and technology, from metals and glass to plastics and semconductors, have advanced throughout history.

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‘Artificial intelligence can transform the economy’

Washington Post

Xiang Hui, of Olin Business School, co-writes an op-ed in The Washington Post about the future and promise of artificial intelligence and the need to ensure it benefits the masses.

McDonnell Scholars blog ahead of Beijing symposium

Washington University in St. Louis and its 34 partner universities that comprise the McDonnell International Scholars Academy are gearing up for the 7th International Symposium Oct. 11-14 in Beijing. The event is co-hosted by McDonnell partner Tsinghua University.

The symposium combines keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops and student Three Minute Thesis competitions. It aims to foster collaborative ways to address the globe’s biggest challenges. Hundreds of administrators, faculty, students and staff will attend; among them, dozens of current McDonnell Scholars are gearing up for the event.

Several scholars have blogged about what they hope to do, see and learn during the symposium. Read more on the university’s global site and stay tuned for regular updates from Beijing.


‘The black man who survived education’

St. Louis American

Luther Tyus, a graduate research assistant at the Brown School, writes a piece in The St. Louis American about the low expectations many black boys confront in school. His piece is part of a yearlong series, “Homegrown Black Males,” a joint project of the American and the Brown School, co-led by Sean Joe.

Dowd publishes ‘Stick Figures’

D.B. Dowd, of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, recently published the book “Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice,” suggesting that drawing can be a tool for learning, even for those who aren’t artistically inclined. His is one of many tomes featured on The Source’s Bookshelf.

‘St. Louis: 2068’

Michael Allen, lecturer in Arts & Sciences, writes an article on the CityLab website envisioning a future historian talking to St. Louis city leaders about a past that haunts them and the city’s prospects for viability.

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