Ahead of Thanksgiving, Bono talks about happiness, gratitude


During this season of giving thanks, Tim Bono, of Arts & Sciences, takes part in the “Aisha and Debbie Dish” podcast on the KMOX/CBS St. Louis website about the science of happiness and how gratitude can improve your health.

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‘Idea of 100 percent renewable energy isn’t feasible’

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Engineer Richard Axelbaum writes a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch arguing that the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s resolution calling for the city to use only renewable energy by 2035 won’t work because wind and solar power are unreliable.

Podcast seeks to build a sense of community

A new monthly podcast aims to bring together the divergent interests and experiences of WashU graduate students. Alan Zhang, a 2013 Arts & Sciences alum and now a master’s student in Olin Business School and president of the Graduate Professional Council (GPC), created “Gradcast,” along with a group of GPC leaders. The first episode, “The Monster’s Dilemma,” explores the concept of good and evil from a variety of disciplines.

‘Are we born optimistic?’

Psychologist Lori Markson, of Arts & Sciences, discusses research on how optimism works in babies and young children, and in turn what that means for adults’ expectations, in a “Big Think” video.

Remembering Robert Guillaume

Robert Wykes, professor emeritus of music in Arts & Sciences, shares memories on WashU Perspectives about when actor Robert Guillaume studied voice and musical theory at the university. Guillaume died last month.

On ‘alternative academic’ careers in the humanities

Ena Selimovic, a PhD candidate in comparative literature in Arts & Sciences, writes on the Center for the Humanities site about career possibilities, both inside and outside of academia, for those with humanities degrees.

Legomsky publishes novel exploring immortality

Stephen Legomsky, of the School of Law, has published his first novel, “The Picobe Dilemma,” a science-fiction work that explores a neurosurgeon’s attempts to access and store human memories and experiences to preserve the essence of one’s life, even after death, and the questions his effort raises.

G’Sell’s poem published

Writer Eileen G’Sell, lecturer in Arts & Sciences, had a poem, “Melody, Speed, And A Man Worth Manning,” published in Alive magazine last month.

‘The Vegas Golden Knights and first-mover advantages’


Patrick Rishe, director of Olin’s Sports Business Program, writes in Forbes that the NHL expansion team Vegas Golden Knights are enjoying early success, and the team may hold a first-mover advantage even when an NFL team comes to town in a few years.

‘Monuments to unbelief’

Leigh Eric Schmidt, of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, writes an article on the Aeon website about statues, museums and other ways that secularists have pushed against religion in the public sphere.

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