Spirit animal: one student’s quest to be the Bear

Being the Washington University Bear mascot is hard work, especially on a Division III campus where sports take second place to studying. But three new bears will be making their debut this season, including exchange student Priyanka Deodhar. “Being a mascot is the most American thing I can think of,” said Deodhar, who arrived this semester from France. The mascot will perform at the Bears football game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.

The Divided City 2022 wins $1 million grant

Over the past four years, The Divided City, an urban humanities initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, has supported dozens of projects exploring the effects of spatial segregation. This fall, the university will launch a second phase, The Divided City 2022, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Leadership changes on horizon for alumni and development

On the heels of the highly successful conclusion of Washington University in St. Louis’ $3.3-billion Leading Together capital campaign, the university has announced administrative changes in the organizational leadership of its alumni and development team.
WashU researcher Karen DeMatteo with scat-sniffing research dog.

Sniffing out error in detection dog data

New research by Karen DeMatteo, a biologist in Arts & Sciences, finds three alternative explanations beyond errors in handler or dog training that can explain why dogs trained to identify scat for conservation purposes sometimes collect non-target scats.

‘The Curren(t)cy of Frankenstein’

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is a thrilling adventure but also a prescient guidebook to the moral and ethical dilemmas of 20th and 21st century medicine. On Sept. 28-30, Washington University in St. Louis’ School of Medicine and College of Arts & Sciences will present a three-day forum exploring Shelley’s novel through the lens of contemporary medical practice.
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