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Friday, April 20, 2018

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Bowen, Perlmutter elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Sociocultural anthropologist John R. Bowen, of Arts & Sciences, and David H. Perlmutter, MD, dean of the School of Medicine, join the likes of President Barack Obama, actor Tom Hanks and Supreme Court Justice Sonia M. Sotomayor as newly elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Brain scans may help diagnose neurological, psychiatric disorders

A new School of Medicine study shows that a kind of brain scan called functional connectivity MRI — which shows how brain regions interact — can reliably detect fundamental differences in how individual brains are wired.

Wysession appointed executive director of Teaching Center

Michael Wysession, professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, has been appointed executive director of the university’s Teaching Center, effective July 1.

Bugged out by climate change

Warmer summer and fall seasons and fewer winter freeze-thaw events have led to changes in the relative numbers of different types of bugs in the Arctic, said Amanda Koltz, a postdoctoral fellow in Arts & Sciences.

Brown School initiative takes on barriers to voting

The new Voter Access and Engagement initiative, part of the Center for Social Development’s focus on civic engagement and service, aims to strengthen democracy by increasing access and participation in the electoral process.

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Campus Announcements

Flags lowered in memory of Barbara Bush

The U.S. and university flags over Brookings Hall are lowered to half-staff in memory of Barbara Bush, wife of former President George H. W. Bush, until sunset Saturday, April 21. Bush died April 17 at age 92.

WashU in the News

How attorney-client privilege actually works

The Washington Post

We’re bad at evaluating risk; how doctors can help

The New York Times

Federal appeals court finds state’s drug price-gouging law unconstitutional


What kinds of improvements have been made in housing since the Fair Housing Act?

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

‘The cost of keeping children poor’

Income inequality expert Mark Rank, of the Brown School, wrote in an op-ed published in The New York Times about his research on the national economic cost of childhood poverty. “The bottom line is that reducing poverty is justified not only from a social justice perspective, but from a cost-benefit perspective as well,” Rank wrote.

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The School of Law’s national moot court team, including students Brandon Black (left) and Remi Balogun, finished as the national runner-up at the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC). The NAAC is the country’s largest and most competitive moot court competition.

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Research Wire

A team led by Damena Agonafer, of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, is developing a technique to cool 3-D stacked computer chips, thanks to a one-year, $100,000 grant from Cisco Systems Inc. The team aims to develop new thermal materials and structures to help manage the heat load without compromising performance.

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