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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 at a Day of Discovery & Dialogue Feb. 24-25 on the Medical and Danforth campuses, picking 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.

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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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Equal inheritance growing less common, study finds

Anyone counting on a certain share of an inheritance should be aware that in recent years, parents have become increasingly likely to divide their estates unequally, suggests a new study co-authored by economist Robert Pollak of Washington University in St. Louis.

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The jaws of a nutcracker? Not this human ancestor

Anthropologists from Washington University in St. Louis are among an international research team that found Australopithecus sediba did not have the jaw and tooth structure necessary to exist on a steady diet of hard foods. The findings are contrary to a 2012 study that gained international attention.

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Shen to talk about cybersecurity in U.S.-China relations

Dingli Shen, professor of international relations at Fudan University and vice dean of Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, will present the Cabot Corporation-Xinsheng Zhang Lecture on “Cybersecurity in U.S.-China Relations,” Monday, Feb. 8, in the Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall.

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Record Missouri flood manmade calamity

Why was the New Year’s flood in Missouri so bad? Most news reports blamed it on the heavy rain, but Robert Criss, PhD, professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis says analysis of the flood data shows much of the damage was due to recent modifications to the river.

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