Mary McKernan McKay named Brown School dean

Mary McKernan McKay, the McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies and director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, has been appointed dean of the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.

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Community forum to focus on gun suicide

In the United States, there are more than 32,000 deaths per year from gun violence. More than 60 percent of those are from suicides. These issues and more will be discussed during “Guns, Suicide and Safety: A Community Forum,” at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, in Hillman Hall’s Clark-Fox Forum.

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Renewing the conversation: Day of Discovery & Dialogue

Washington University will invite its entire community to gather to explore issues of diversity and inclusion Feb. 24-25 on the Medical and Danforth campuses. The event picks up a conversation that began last February inspired in large part by events that transpired in Ferguson and the larger St. Louis region in 2014.

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Rewarding road warriors

Frequent flyer programs are very important in the ultra-competitive airline industry. But which ones deliver the best benefits for travelers? A Washington University faculty member was recently among a panel of experts who helped analyze the nation’s best deals.

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Americans recognize ‘past presidents’ who never were

Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Hubert Humphrey and some guy named “Thomas Moore” are among the names that many Americans mistakenly identify as belonging to a past president of the United States, finds a news study by memory researchers at Washington University in St. Louis.

Akeda Hosten

Black Anthology: Rock and roles

Akeda Hosten, a senior in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University, talks about why the annual Black Anthology matters and how songwriting is a little bit like engineering. The Black Anthology production “woke” is Feb. 12-13 at Edison Theatre on the Danforth Campus.

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Washington University students support next generation of brain scientists

Members of Synapse, Washington University’s neuroscience club, are helping local high school students prepare for the annual St. Louis Area Brain Bee, Saturday, Feb. 13, at McDonnell Hall. “The Brain Bee is a competition but it’s not about being competitive. It’s about getting more people excited about this fast-growing field,” says junior Smruti Rath.

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