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Building better health care

For all the advances of modern medicine, health-care architecture has long been guided by custom and intuition rather than research and testing. That’s changing, thanks to an emerging field known as evidence-based design, said Xiaobo Quan, director of Washington University’s newly formed Center for Health Research & Design.
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Closing the STEM skills gap in St. Louis

St. Louis’ leading employers, school districts and Washington University’s Institute for School Partnership have united to form STEMpact, an organization dedicated to improving improve science, technology, engineering and math education when it matters most — elementary school.
A network of photonic units that can allow light to propagate in one direction while block the light flow in the opposite direction, like an all-optical analog of an electronic diode that allows current flow in one direction only. The photonic unit is composed of coupled photonic resonators with tailored loss/gain. (Credit: Micro/Nano Photonics Laboratory, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering, Washington University)

Breaking the laws of science

Lan Yang, the Edwin H. & Florence G. Skinner Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering in the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is the principal investigator of a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in which she will oversee the takedown of two venerable physical laws: time-reversal symmetry and reciprocity.
Steve Givens (left), Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and other university officially already hard at work Sept. 23, 2015, the day the CPD announced Washington University as a debate site for 2016.

Debate Insider: Steve Givens

What’s it like to put on a presidential debate? Let’s hear from Steve Givens, chair of the debate steering committee and the guy who, since 1992, has been behind-the-scenes in one way or another at every debate held on this campus.
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