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Monday, Sept. 10, 2018

Top Stories

‘Blink’ and you won’t miss amyloids

Tiny protein structures called amyloids are key to understanding certain devastating age-related diseases, but they can’t be seen using conventional microscopic methods. University engineers developed a new technique that allows researchers to better spot the proteins.

Natural sugar defends against metabolic syndrome, in mice

New School of Medicine research, in mice, indicates that a natural sugar called trehalose blocks glucose from the liver and activates a gene that boosts insulin sensitivity, reducing the chance of developing diabetes.

Ancient livestock dung heaps are now African wildlife hotspots

Some of the African savannah’s most fertile and biologically diverse wildlife hotspots owe their vitality to heaps of dung deposited there over thousands of years by the livestock of wandering herders, suggests new Arts & Sciences research in the journal Nature.

Faster than we thought: sulfurization of organic material

Processes that were thought to take tens of thousands of years can happen in hours, according to new Arts & Sciences research. That may change our understanding of the carbon cycle, and maybe the history of Earth’s climate.

Tran wins Poetry Foundation award

Paul Tran, a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in The Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, is one of five young poets awarded a $25,800 prize from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.

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Campus Announcements

Noonlight safety app available for free to university community

As classes resume, Washington University community members should remember that they can download the mobile personal safety app Noonlight (formerly known as SafeTrek) for free.

The View From Here

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WashU in the News

‘Black hairy tongue’ is an actual medical condition, and it looks as weird as it sounds

The Washington Post

Study finds new clues in understanding relapse in breast cancer


Benefits of probiotics might not be so clear-cut

Smithsonian magazine

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Campus Voices

‘A simple plan for saving the Supreme Court’

Dan Epps, of the School of Law, writes a piece in Vox about making changes to the Supreme Court to protect public confidence in the high court and the rule of law. The article is among many by our faculty experts shared on the WashU Perspectives page.

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Adia Harvey Wingfield, professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences, was awarded the American Sociological Association’s 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology Award at the ASA’s 113th meeting last month in Philadelphia.

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Research Wire

Erik Henriksen, assistant professor of physics in Arts & Sciences, was awarded a $406,431 National Science Foundation grant for his project “Pursuit of Quantum Spin Liquids in Exfoliated Anti-Ferromagnetic Insulators.”

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