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Friday, June 30, 2017

Top Stories

Targeted excavating leads to lost city

Using modern, high-tech analysis tools, anthropologist Michael Frachetti, of Arts & Sciences, is leading groundbreaking research on an ancient city high in the Uzbekistan mountains.

$10 million DNA sequencing effort aims to shed light on lung diseases

The McDonnell Genome Institute has received $10 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to sequence the DNA of people from diverse ethnic backgrounds. The effort aims to identify the genetic roots of COPD and other lung disorders.

Detecting diluteness

Engineers at Washington University and Princeton University developed a new way to dive into the cell’s tiniest and most important components. What they found could lead to better understanding of diseases such as cancer and Huntington’s.

Pulling the tablecloth out from under essential metabolism

Most organisms share the biosynthetic pathways for making crucial nutrients because it is dangerous to tinker with them. But now a collaborative team of scientists has caught plants in the process of altering where and how cells make an essential amino acid.

New Danforth Campus thermostat setpoint policy rolls out

The Office of Sustainability is partnering with the Danforth Campus’ Facilities Planning & Management office to roll out a new thermostat setpoint policy, designed to take the chill out of campus office temperatures during the summer.

Interrogating the archive

Artist Kari Varner examines the resiliency of nature, the specificity of place and the limits of our own perceptions. Varner’s work is part of the annual MFA Thesis Exhibition, on view through Aug. 6 at the Kemper Art Museum.

From Ultra-Condensed Science: bacteria that eat electricity

Scientists have discovered microbes that eat electricity, and they’re very common. They’ve remained invisible so long because they don’t grow well in labs. Arts & Sciences’ Arpita Bose describes these fantastic bugs.

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Campus Announcements

Parking/transit reminders around Fourth of July

Parking and Transportation reminds the campus community to plan ahead before traveling to campus around the July 4 holiday. On Monday, July 3, the West Campus shuttle will be in service from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Campus Circulator will operate from 7:40 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fair St. Louis will be held in Forest Park July 2-4.

Social Photo of the Week

Sometimes our campus feels like Hogwarts

WashU in the News

Gorsuch asserts himself early as force on Supreme Court’s right

The Washington Post

The lab says it’s cancer; but sometimes the lab is wrong

The New York Times

What the White House’s decision to forgo Ramadan event means for religion and politics under Trump


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Campus Voices

Rishe discusses 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Patrick Rishe, director of Olin’s Sports Business Program, writes in Forbes about the upcoming 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and whether the games are likely to meet the International Olympic Committee’s stated goals of holding down costs and making use of existing buildings.

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Anthony French photoAnthony R. French, MD, PhD, an associate professor of pediatrics, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at the School of Medicine. French is also an associate professor of pathology and immunology and of biomedical engineering.

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Who Knew WashU?

bookstacks in Ridgley HallQuestion: When the John M. Olin Library opened in 1962, students formed a line to the library and passed all the books along to the new building. How many titles (in all formats) does Olin Library have today?
Answer: D) Olin has about 4 million titles, both physical books and digital volumes. Its collection includes books from the various specialized libraries, such as art and architecture, chemistry and law.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Sarah Rands, of the Program in Physical Therapy at the School of Medicine, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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