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Friday, July 20, 2018

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Chancellor’s update re: July 7 incident

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton shares a message with the university community about the City of Clayton’s commitment to change after an incident involving incoming first-year African-American students and Clayton police. “These students came to Washington University to change the world, and they already have.”

Non-opioid drug relieves pain in mice, targets immune cells

School of Medicine researchers found that inhibiting a receptor on immune cells called macrophages may help relieve pain in some patients, particularly those with chronic neuropathic pain.

Researchers engineer bacteria that create fertilizer out of thin air

A university team has created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day — and uses nitrogen at night to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis. The development could lead to plants that do the same.

Gephardt Institute receives gift to enhance Civic Scholars Program

Mickey and Debbie Stern have made a $1 million commitment to the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. The gift will support the Civic Scholars Program, which prepares undergraduates to be civic leaders.

Gene therapy method developed to target damaged kidney cells

New research led by the School of Medicine has shown, in mice, that genetic material can be delivered to damaged cells in the kidneys, a step toward developing gene therapy to treat chronic kidney disease.

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Campus Announcements

Interdisciplinary research project funding available

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research seeks proposals for seed grant and planning grant funding for interdisciplinary research projects. Those pursuing seed grants should express interest by Oct. 12.

The View From Here

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WashU in the News

Jet lag: Activating neurons in the brain might be key to shifting internal clock, new research shows


Opinion: The news on drug prices? Nothing good.

The New York Times

The future of food goes way beyond lab-grown meat


How do you rebrand Papa John’s when the problem is Papa John?

CNN Money

From a student apartment to the chancellor’s house, WashU’s new leader comes home

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘Southern Baptists, gender hierarchy and the road to Trump’

Marie Griffith, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, writes in the journal Religion & Politics about Southern Baptists’ views on gender roles and the denomination’s political influence.

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Megan T. Baldridge, MD, PhD, at the School of Medicine, has been named a 2018 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. She will receive a four-year grant to explore the conditions that influence the evolution of different strains of norovirus.

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Research Wire

An international research collaboration including university engineers has discovered a protein sequence mechanism that triggers phase separation deep within a single cell. The findings, published in Cell, could provide insights into age-related diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and some cancers.

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