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Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018

Top Stories

University joins international climate coalition

Washington University is now a member of the University Climate Change Coalition, a network dedicated to accelerating climate change solutions. The university recently partnered with regional leaders to work toward a greener, cleaner St. Louis.

Focused delivery for brain cancers

University researcher Hong Chen reached across disciplines to work toward a more focused drug delivery system that could target tumors lodged in the brainstem, the body’s most precious system.

Experimental drug shows promise as multiple sclerosis treatment

An experimental drug reduces brain atrophy in people with progressive multiple sclerosis, raising hopes that it also can reduce disability. The School of Medicine is one of 28 clinical sites participating in the study.

A new Canvas replaces old Blackboard

Over the summer, more than 500 faculty members migrated their fall 2018 courses to Canvas. Blackboard remains available through spring 2019. Canvas will be the university’s lone Learning Management System starting in the 2019-20 academic year.

Marketing causes inequality, new book suggests

The dramatic rise of income inequality since 1970 has largely been caused by advances in marketing, said Gerrit De Geest, law professor and author of the forthcoming book “Rents: How Marketing Causes Inequality.”

Personal loss, passion for music inspired reading program winner

First-year student Nick Massenburg-Abraham knows about the Common Reading Program novel’s central theme of loss. His musical composition won the program contest’s grand prize. A discussion of the novel takes place at 5 p.m. today in Graham Chapel.

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Campus Announcements

Zhao memorial scheduled Sept. 22

A memorial service in honor of Zishan (Simoner) Zhao will take place at 11 a.m. Sept. 22 in Brown Hall Lounge. A reception will follow in Brown Hall. Zhao, a rising junior in Arts & Sciences, died June 2 in North Carolina.

Medical school starts mentoring program for LGBTQ+ students

The Office of Diversity Programs at the School of Medicine, in partnership with LGBTQ Med and OUTmed, is sponsoring a new program for LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+) identified medical students called OUTmentor.

WashU in the News

Humans have shaped the Serengeti’s ecosystems since the Stone Age

New Scientist

Adjaye to receive WashU International Humanities Prize


Olin among year’s most impressive new and renovated libraries

American Libraries magazine

Quick learners have better long-term retention

The Economic Times

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Campus Voices

‘Engineering the Future’: Nanoparticles

The latest episode of the “Engineering the Future” podcast focuses on what nanoparticles are and why we should care about them. Aaron Bobick, dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, launched the podcast earlier this year.

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Dedric Carter, vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer and professor of engineering practice, is one of 11 promising higher education business leaders selected as a 2018-19 National Association of College and University Business Officers Fellow.

Laurie Maffly-Kipp, the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, will be a 2019 visiting scholar at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University in Utah.

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