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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Top Stories

New imaging technique aims to help surgeons remove cancer

Researchers report they developed a technology to scan a tumor sample and produce images detailed enough to check whether a tumor was completely removed. Photoacoustic imaging takes less time than standard techniques.

Mutch named Gershman Chair in colon and rectal surgery

Matthew Mutch, MD, chief of the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the School of Medicine, has been named the Solon and Bettie Gershman Chair in Colon and Rectal Surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Architecture students build, launch flying machines

The dream of flight has powered some of the world’s most ambitious feats of design and engineering. Last week, first-year architecture students put their own experiments to the test, launching from atop Art Hill in Forest Park.

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Campus Announcements

Stay alert about potential for Commencement changes

Due to the threat of severe weather Friday, May 19, the university is reminding graduating students, families and campus volunteers about the severe weather plan. The university homepage,, the Commencement website and app, and other communication methods will be updated by 7 a.m. Friday if the ceremony must move indoors.

WashU in the News

Faculty member Steinbeck’s book on Art Ensemble of Chicago reviewed

NPR (Fresh Air)

Jumping genes play big role in what makes us human

Science News

WashU students to screen films at Cannes Film Festival

St. Louis Public Radio

Pay ratio will be hot political issue next year

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘Shame won’t solve the opioid crisis’

David A. Patterson Silver Wolf, of the Brown School, writes in an op-ed on the Stat website that blaming drug addicts won’t solve the opioid crisis or encourage people to get the treatment they need.

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The Chancellor’s Graduate Fellowship Program is welcoming 12 new fellows, who will begin their graduate studies this fall. The students will be continuing their education in either Arts & Sciences, the Brown School or the Sam Fox School.

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Who Knew WashU?

Burt Wheeler Day on Brookings QuadrangleQuestion: Which former dean had a day of celebration, complete with volleyball and a picnic, named in his honor?
Answer: D) Students organized “Burt Wheeler Day,” held May 11, 1971, in Brookings Quadrangle, to recognize his many contributions. The university community honored Wheeler, then dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. The day featured speeches, games, a picnic and a dinner.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Rebecca Cochran, a technologist in the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine.

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