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Friday, June 23, 2017

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Makeup of vaginal microbiome linked to preterm birth

In a study of predominantly African-American women, School of Medicine researchers showed that a decrease in the diversity of women’s vaginal microbes between the first and second trimesters is associated with preterm birth.

Two medical students named Howard Hughes fellows

Two medical students at the School of Medicine have been selected to receive mentored training with top biomedical scientists through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Medical Research Fellows Program.

Shaking Schrödinger’s cat

Frequent measurement of a quantum system’s state can either speed or delay its collapse, effects called the quantum Zeno and quantum anti-Zeno effect. But so too can “quasimeasurements” that only poke the system.

Board of Trustees grants faculty appointments, promotions

At the university’s recent Board of Trustees meeting, some faculty members were appointed with tenure or promoted with tenure, effective July 1.

Brown School faculty work on parenting project in Haiti

Brown School faculty and researchers worked together on a project to improve parenting and child development in Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries. Mothers learned about topics from parenting skills to safe water.

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Campus Announcements

Campus blood drives next week

Universitywide blood drives will be held next week, on Wednesday, June 28, and Friday, June 30. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate.

WashU in the News

How Democrats lost their way on immigration

The Atlantic

Do probiotics really work?

Scientific American

The Supreme Court just protected your right to Facebook


Woofter to lead architecture programs at Washington University


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Campus Voices

‘Jesuits, Mormons and American religion in the world’

Laurie Maffly-Kipp, of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, discusses her research and offers her take on a new book, “American Jesuits and the World,” in a podcast for The Religious Studies Project.

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Ralph Dacey photoRalph G. Dacey Jr., MD, the Henry G. & Edith R. Schwartz Professor and head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the School of Medicine, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Neurological Surgeons. The award recognizes his decades of service to neurosurgical education.

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Who Knew WashU?

Battling Bear logoQuestion: What was the first nickname for Washington University athletic teams before students voted to change it to the Bears?
Answer: B) Pikers. In December 1925, the student body voted to make the university’s athletic teams the Bears. (This Battling Bear logo is from decades ago.) The previous nickname was a reference to the Pike that ran along Lindell Boulevard and served as the amusement section of the 1904 World’s Fair.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Jim Burmeister, longtime director of Commencement before retiring in 2013. He will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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