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Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

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It’s safe to use skin creams before radiation therapy

A new study demonstrates that patients can safely use skin creams before undergoing radiation therapy. This contradicts common advice from radiation oncologists, according to researchers at the School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania.

Electricity in Martian dust storms helps to form perchlorates

Storms help form an important chemical that is highly significant in the search for life on Mars. A team led by Alian Wang of Arts & Sciences created a simulation in the lab that sheds new light on what’s being kicked up by those massive Martian dust devils.

Potts named associate vice chancellor for finance, controller

Barbara L. Potts has been named associate vice chancellor for finance and controller at Washington University, announced Amy B. Kweskin, vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer. Her appointment was effective Oct. 2.

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10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25

Farmers’ market on the Medical Campus

2–4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25

Tree Planting Day

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Washington People

 Michelle Venturella

Michelle Venturella

Softball player-turned-coach Michelle Venturella achieved Olympic gold in 2000. Today, she provides her athletes with encouragement to succeed on and off the field.

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WashU in the News

Drugmakers may have to disclose prices of medicine in television ads

The Washington Post

Sears’ bankruptcy was no surprise, as retailer has struggled for decades

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Teaching kids science not just a ‘series of facts’

St. Louis Public Radio

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Richard Yang, professor emeritus, 93

in memoriam graphicRichard Yang, professor emeritus of East Asian languages and cultures in Arts & Sciences, died Oct. 12 in Taiwan. He was 93. The university recently established the Stanley Spector and Richard Yang Undergraduate Student Awards, which support travel for students to deepen their understanding of East Asian languages and cultures.

Campus Voices

‘Antifascist writers on the run’

Literature scholar Tabea Linhard, a faculty fellow in the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences, discusses her book project examining the formation of Mexico City’s international antifascist community after the Spanish Civil War.

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Rong Zhang, a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Medicine who studies how viruses cause disease, has been named a 2018 Wunderkind by the national biomedical publication STAT News. The award honors young scientists and doctors who are blazing new trails in research and public health.

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Research Wire

Douglas Chalker, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, won a $495,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in support of a project titled “Establishing a genomics education alliance: steps toward sustainability.”

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: During World War II, which of the following activities was suspended on campus?
A) Spring formals B) Student Senate
C) Thurtene Carnival D) All of the above

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