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Without plants, there is no life

Botanists have organized to try to stem the frightening loss of plant species across the globe. How well are they doing? They recently met in St. Louis to exchange stories from the botanical front lines.
1992 presidential debate stage. Ross Perot, Bill Clinton and George HW Bush stand behind podiums on a red carpeted stage.

WashU debate history

The university has a long history of hosting presidential (and vice presidential) debates, and on Oct. 9, 2016, we are scheduled to host yet another. Here, we take a look back at how WashU became a go-to debate site and some interesting things that happened along the way.


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Education for all

Eric Duffy, AB ’10, created the learning platform Pathgather to help people around the world take advantage of online education and gain the skills that employees are looking for. Now the young startup counts some of the nation’s biggest companies as its customers.

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The ups and downs of ‘The Beauty Bean’

Long before People StyleWatch named her “The DIY Beauty Queen,” Alexis Wolfer had the DIY mentality as she set out to create “The Beauty Bean,” an online women’s magazine that would change the way women talk about beauty, health and wellness.

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St. Louis Walk of Fame Quiz

Embedded in the sidewalks along the Delmar Boulevard Loop are bright brass stars honoring 140 great St. Louisans. This who’s who of St. Louis has among its honorees more than 30 people affiliated with Washington University: professors, alumni, former chancellors and co-founders among them. Test your knowledge of university luminaries in this quiz.

Deborah Gorman, co-founder of vegan ice cream company Sorbabes, was inspired to choose her career path after traveling abroad to Italy while a student at Washington University. (Photo: Rob Brown)

A taste of Italy from the Hamptons

After studying abroad in Italy, Deborah Gorman, BFA ’02, decided to become a chef and created the tasty, all-natural vegan sorbet, which is inspired by Italian gelato.

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