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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018

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Divided City initiative earns Mellon Foundation support

Over the past four years, The Divided City, an urban humanities initiative, has supported dozens of projects exploring the effects of spatial segregation. This fall, the university will launch a second phase thanks to a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Study seeks former opioid users who avoided addiction

To learn why some opioid users may be protected from addiction and what role genetics may play, School of Medicine researchers are launching a study of people who have used opioids recreationally but not become dependent on the drugs.

Spirit animal: one student’s quest to be the Bear

Being the Washington University Bear mascot is hard work. Three new bears are making their debut this season, including exchange student Priyanka Deodhar. The mascot will perform at the Bears football game at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, on Francis Field.

Gordon receives Luminary Award

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of the School of Medicine, has been honored with the Luminary Award for his work advancing precision medicine. Gordon is recognized for founding the field of gut microbiome research.

Making sense, pictures of medical data

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but what if you don’t want a whole essay? Computer engineer Alvitta Ottley is building visualizations to clarify and condense health risk data for patients.

Arts & Sciences introduces new faculty

Arts & Sciences welcomed more than 30 new faculty members this fall semester, with expertise ranging from ancient music to black holes to political methodology. Learn more about new faculty in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

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Campus Announcements

Staff kickball tournament planned Oct. 16

The Danforth Staff Council invites university staff members to take part in an inaugural kickball tournament Oct. 16 on Mudd Field, during students’ fall break, following the council’s fall town hall meeting. Sign up by Oct. 5.

WashU in the News

Facebook accused of allowing bias against women in job ads

The New York Times

Have big brands found a conscience or a marketing ploy?

The Guardian

Drawing is the best way to learn, even if you’re no Leonardo da Vinci


Aerosol science and engineering achievements in St. Louis


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Campus Voices

Faculty book exploring faith, humility published

Jonathan Kvanvig, professor of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, recently published the book “Faith and Humility” (Oxford University Press), articulating the relationship between the nature and value of faith and humility.

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The Biophysical Society recently named a Washington University bioengineer, Rohit Pappu, as one of its 2019 Society Fellows. The designation honors the society’s distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, contributed to the expansion of biophysics and supported the society throughout their careers.

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Research Wire

James L. Gibson, of the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences, is co-recipient of a $150,000 Russell Sage Foundation grant for research examining how judicial decisions contribute to inequalities in such areas as school funding, collective bargaining and state restrictions on citizens’ ability to vote.

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: Barry Commoner, who was a university biologist and leader in the environmental movement, helped conduct the St. Louis Baby Tooth Survey, begun in 1958. How many teeth were collected in that effort?
A) 10,000 B) 50,000 C) 100,000 D) 300,000

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