Photo of Himadri Pakrasi's Lab

Researchers engineer bacteria that create fertilizer out of thin air

A team at Washington University in St. Louis has created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night, uses nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis. This development could lead to plants that do the same, eliminating the use of some — or possibly all — man-made fertilizer, which has a high environmental cost.

Salas wins Loeb Classical Library fellowship

Luis Salas, assistant professor of classics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been awarded a prestigious fellowship from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation at Harvard University.

WashU Expert: Trump’s Supreme Court and Roe v. Wade

The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court has renewed debate about the future of Roe v. Wade. Mary Ann Dzuback, chair of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies in Arts & Sciences, suspects that conservative justices will continue chipping away at reproductive choice, rather than mount a frontal assault on the decision. But she warns that by undermining Roe’s guarantee of reproductive choice, the court risks its own reputation and authority.

‘From Start to Finnish’ July 15

The Gateway Festival Orchestra will perform music of Jean Sibelius, Launy Grøndahl and Edvard Grieg at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 15, as part of its 2018 season of free summer concerts. Also on the program will be music from “Mamma Mia,” based on songs by the pop group ABBA. The concert series will continue July 22 and 29.
Sociology faculty: David Cunningham, Adia Harvey Wingfield, Jake Rosenfeld

Rallying point

In 2015, Washington University re-established the Department of Sociology in Arts & Sciences. Concentrating on the origins and impacts of inequality, faculty and students are investigating some of the nation’s most critical and urgent social challenges.
Alumni in "An Ordinary Muslim"

Out of the ordinary

Two WashU alumni starred in a new off-Broadway production examining the dynamics of a Muslim immigrant family in contemporary England.
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Quoted: Faculty Experts

Quotes faculty experts provided to various news outlets on a variety of topics including the Zika virus, gay olympians and nepotism in the Trump administration.
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