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Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

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A message from Chancellor Wrighton about Charlottesville

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton shares sympathy and support for the University of Virginia, its extended family and the city of Charlottesville, and condemns the hate, bigotry and prejudice that swelled into violence there.

Anxious? Cellular roots of anxiety identified

Research from the School of Medicine sheds light on what might be happening in an anxious brain. A study identified neurons that become active when an animal faces the possibility of an unpleasant event.

Crank the AC, cut in-car pollution

After conducting a new research approach using actual commutes, a group of university engineers discovered a simple shift in driving habits can help reduce exposure to pollutants while on the road.

Shedding light on pediatric bone marrow failure syndrome

Using the gene editing technology CRISPR, scientists at the School of Medicine have shed light on a rare, sometimes fatal syndrome that causes children to lose the ability to manufacture vital blood cells.

Listening in

Taproot, a new podcast, takes listeners behind the curtain to reveal what it’s really like to do the work so opaquely described in journal articles. Elizabeth Haswell, of Arts & Sciences, is the co-host.

WashU Expert: Opioid emergency needs science-based solutions

President Donald Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency is an important first step, said David Patterson Silver Wolf, an expert on opioid addiction at the Brown School. But he warns that science-informed solutions are needed.

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Campus Announcements

Solar eclipse watch party on campus

University College in Arts & Sciences is hosting a solar eclipse watch party and ice cream social next week. RSVP to receive viewing glasses and then gather with others in the university community starting at noon Monday, Aug. 21, on Mudd Field.

The View From Here

Through the Washington University lens View Gallery →

Washington People

Laura Cobb

Laura Cobb

Laura Cobb was struck by a drunken driver during her senior year at Washington University in 2008. She was seriously injured and today has aphasia, which severely limits her ability to speak. But she battled back and graduated in May. She now works as a research technician on campus.

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WashU in the News

Female tech CEO on sexist Google memo: It’s time to push back and say ‘no’


Most influential business women: Victoria Fraser

St. Louis Business Journal

Sam Fox students install ‘Spectroplexus’ at airport


John Hardesty honored at Washington University

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Stanley Sawyer, professor emeritus in Arts & Sciences, 77

in memoriam graphicStanley Arthur Sawyer, professor emeritus of mathematics in Arts & Sciences, died Aug. 2. He was 77. He was widely known for the development of a computer program to analyze DNA and identify indications of mutation and evolution. 

Campus Voices

‘How Trump’s children are tarnishing his presidency’

Presidential historian Peter Kastor, of Arts & Sciences, writes a commentary in Fortune about what the appropriate role is for the children of presidents, in light of President Donald Trump’s family members serving in formal roles in his administration.

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Tamara Hershey, professor of radiology and of psychiatry, has been named chief of the Neuroimaging Laboratory at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at the School of Medicine.

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: A solar eclipse will take place Aug. 21, and the St. Louis region, including the WashU campus, should be a great place to observe it. The university has a long tradition of monitoring eclipses. Which professor led an eclipse-viewing expedition to California in 1889? 
A) Winfield Scott Chaplin B) George Leighton
C) Henry S. Pritchett D) George Herbert Walker

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