In Memoriam

Obituary: Maggie Ryan, 2016 graduate, 22

Maggie Ryan, 22, died in a car accident Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Wayne County, Ind., on her way home to Boston, just two days after earning degrees in anthropology and in women, gender and sexuality studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Ryan was deeply committed to helping the Washington University community, serving as a leader of both Dance Marathon and Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

How to stop dividing cancer cells in their tracks

Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis made a discovery that uncovers the molecular logic of how dividing cells are stopped in their tracks. The team zeroed in on a specific protein, whose job is to stop a cell from dividing or to slow the division.
A hand scratching a wrist.

Itching for no reason? Immune system may be at fault

People who suffer itching with no clear cause may have previously unrecognized immune system defects. In a small study of such patients, researchers from the Center for the Study of Itch at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis identified immune system irregularities that may prompt the urge to scratch.
Marijuana leaves

As more states legalize marijuana, adolescents’ problems with pot decline

A survey of more than 216,000 adolescents from all 50 states indicates the number of teens with marijuana-related problems is declining. Similarly, the rates of marijuana use by young people are falling despite the fact more U.S. states are legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use and the number of adults using the drug has increased. Researchers at the School of Medicine examine the data.
Members of the Washington University in St. Louis Class of 2016 joined family, friends and other members of the university family for Washington University's 155th Commencement Ceremony in the Brookings Quadrangle in St. Louis Friday, May 20, 2016. Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton led the ceremony, with US Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) serving as Commencement speaker, with honorary degrees being presented to Lewis, Euclid Williamson, Paula Kerger, Staffan Normark, MD, and Stephen Brauer. Student speakers were Christine Lung and Ashley Macrander.

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‘Find a way to get in the way,’ Lewis urges students

More than 2,900 graduates and 12,000 family and university members gathered in Brookings Quadrangle to celebrate the 155th Commencement ceremony May 20. “You must leave here and get in the way,” U.S. Rep. John Lewis told the graduates. “When you see something that is not fair, not right, not just, you must have the courage to stand up, to speak up and find a way to get in the way.”
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