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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

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Research ID’s new role of major Alzheimer’s gene

A study led by the School of Medicine shows the presence of the protein ApoE4 exacerbates the brain damage related to the Alzheimer’s-associated protein tau. Without ApoE, tau tangles did little harm to brain cells.

Conference to focus on early brain development, social outcomes

The university is hosting a conference Tuesday, Sept. 26, aimed at exploring the intersection of neuroscience and society. The daylong conference, “The Developing Brain: New Directions in Science, Policy and Law,” kicks off a universitywide initiative.

Parents establish university’s first endowed coaching position

A new endowed head coaching position for the men’s soccer team has been established with a generous gift from Petro and Mary Estakhri. Their son, Paymon, played on the team as an undergraduate.

Jazz at Holmes resumes tonight

Legendary saxophonist Freddie Washington will launch the fall Jazz at Holmes series tonight in Holmes Lounge. The series will feature 10 performances, including the university’s director of jazz performance, William Lenihan (pictured).

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8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21

Poet Srikanth Reddy lecture

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22

Olin Library open house: T.S. Eliot materials

10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22

Online dispute resolution lecture

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WashU in the News

9 of 10 doctors unprepared to prescribe marijuana

U.S. News & World Report

Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson, alleging anticompetitive practices to maintain a drug monopoly

The Washington Post

Metabolomics data under scrutiny

The Scientist

Whose streets? Officials adopting protest words and tone

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘St. Louis protests show the sickness and the cure’

Jason Purnell, of the Brown School, writes an op-ed published on the CNN website about a judge’s decision finding a police officer not guilty in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith; Purnell’s involvement in the peaceful protests that followed; and the larger underlying issues. His op-ed also is featured on WashU Perspectives.

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Angela Bauman, director of admissions operations for Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program, and Nadia Ghasedi, associate university librarian for University Libraries, were selected for the fall 2017 class of FOCUS St. Louis’ Emerging Leaders program.

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Who Knew WashU?

Vilray Blair's painted operating room wallsQuestion: The late Vilray P. Blair, MD, the first division chief of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the School of Medicine, had distinctive taste in decorating. What covered the walls of Blair’s operating room?
Answer: B) Blair sought a way to comfort children coming in for operations, so he commissioned local artist Gisella Loeffler to paint the walls of his operating room. She spent months painting everything from jungle scenes to a ceiling of mermaids to Santa Claus. 
Congrats to this week’s winner, Quint Smith, of the Office of the Chief Information Officer, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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