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Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018

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Field Notes: Azores, Portugal

Students in an undergraduate class in Arts & Sciences traveled to the remote Portuguese Azores archipelago to study field geology techniques in a rugged landscape shaped by volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates.

Health disparities key focus of medical school orientation

For this year’s 124 incoming medical students, a crash course in health disparities began during their four-day orientation. The students learned firsthand and from top experts, including the Brown School’s Jason Purnell.

University represented at University Alliance of the Silk Road meeting

This summer, Washington University representatives took part in an executive council meeting of the University Alliance of the Silk Road, held in China at Xi’an Jiaotong University, a member of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.

What students did on their summer vacations

Washington University students spent the summer of 2018 conducting groundbreaking research, serving their communities and working in their fields.

WashU Expert: NAFTA in a jiffy?

A new trade deal to replace NAFTA will require completion by the end of the week, with or without Canada — so it’s too early to consider this a good or bad deal, no matter what President Donald Trump calls it, university trade expert John Horn said.

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Campus Announcements

Emergency communication system to be tested Sept. 6

The university will test its emergency communication system at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6. The test will take place unless there is the potential for severe weather or another emergency is occurring at that time.

Flags lowered in memory of McCain

The U.S. and university flags over Brookings Hall are lowered to half-staff in memory of U.S. Sen. John McCain until sunset Sunday, Sept. 2. McCain died Aug. 25 at age 81.

Washington People

Robyn Klein

Robyn Klein

Robyn Klein, MD, PhD, has never bought into the idea that girls and women don’t do science. Klein, vice provost and associate dean for graduate education for the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, is a well-respected expert in neuroimmunology, and she works hard to promote diversity in science.

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WashU in the News

Alzheimer’s disease could be diagnosed with eye test


Ice Cube’s Big3 shoots for basketball-hungry TV viewers on Fox

Los Angeles Times

Xenon isotopes tell the story of volatiles in Earth’s mantle

Physics Today

Addressing bias in AI software

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

‘Football injuries in young athletes’

Matthew Matava, of the School of Medicine, writes a piece about the risk of injuries among children and teens who play football compared with other sports on the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website.

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The Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences recently received an Innovation Award from the Campus Safety, Health, and Environmental Management Association and Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in recognition of its outstanding program that improves research safety on campus.

Katherine Marcal, a doctoral student in social work at the Brown School, has been awarded a two-year, $60,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project titled “Promoting Child Behavioral Health in Homeless Services: A Community-Based System Dynamics Approach.”

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