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Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018

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Year in review: Washington University wins some, loses one

It has been another year of achievement at Washington University. Seniors Camille Borders and Jasmine Brown were named Rhodes Scholars, while researchers discovered the tomb of a Maya ruler and explored the link between sleep and Alzheimer’s. The Record shares these and more of 2017’s most-read stories.

Study prompts new ideas on cancers’ origins

The School of Medicine’s Jason Mills, MD, PhD, led a study revealing that although many cancer therapies target rapidly dividing stem cells, mature cells also seem to play a key role in initiating cancer, at least in forming precancerous lesions.

For a healthier 2018, find purpose in life

If your resolution is to be healthier, happier and more fit in the new year, focus first on finding a real purpose in life. People with a higher sense of purpose tend to engage in healthier lifestyle choices, new Arts & Sciences research finds.

The incredible, edible, brain development tool for babies

Feeding eggs to infants could provide them with key nutrients for better brains. A Brown School study finds infants who were introduced to eggs beginning at 6 months showed significantly higher blood concentrations of key nutrients.

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11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3

‘Trends in Opioid Abuse’ seminar

1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6

Women’s basketball vs. Chicago

8:45 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9

iTeach Faculty Symposium

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Campus Announcements

Reminder: Chancellor search sessions on Med Campus

The committee leading the search for the university’s next chancellor will hold listening sessions on the Medical Campus at 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10, in Connor Auditorium in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center.

WashU in the News

How battles over sex, gender and sexual orientation ‘fractured American politics’

NPR (Fresh Air)

After a chaotic start, Congress has made a conservative mark

The New York Times

Kidney disease can lead to diabetes, not just the other way around

U.S. News & World Report | HealthDay

New St. Louis police chief, a WashU alum, says he’ll work to rebuild trust, stem violence

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WashU scientists use bacteria to make fuel that could someday replace gasoline

St. Louis Public Radio

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Stephen L. Johnson, professor of genetics, 56

Stephen Johnson photoStephen L. Johnson, a leader in the field of zebrafish genomics and a professor of genetics at the School of Medicine, died at his home Dec. 15 after a long struggle with rheumatoid arthritis. He was 56.

Campus Voices

Neurosurgeons launch podcast about the brain

School of Medicine neurosurgeons Albert H. Kim, MD, PhD, and Eric C. Leuthardt, MD, have started a podcast, “Brain Coffee,” to discuss how the brain works, its influence on emotions, behavior and more, and how much we still don’t understand about it.

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Cormac O’Halloran, a senior majoring in political science in Arts & Sciences, was named as one of the top Army Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets in the nation. He is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.

Read more Notables →

Research Wire

Chemist Jonathan Barnes, of Arts & Sciences, won the Cancer Research Foundation’s Young Investigator Award. The award will support a research project titled “A novel supramacromolecular approach to nontoxic combination anti-cancer therapeutics.”

Read more from the Research Wire →

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