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Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

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Mind’s quality control center found in long-ignored brain area

The cerebellum, once thought to be limited to controlling movement, is involved in every aspect of higher brain function — including attention, thinking, planning and decision-making — according to a new study by School of Medicine researchers.

Study: urban, rural rates of childhood cancer survival the same

Childhood and adolescent cancer survival in the United States does not vary by rural/urban residence at the time of diagnosis, finds a new study from the Brown School.

Heavy metals control the ‘breath’ of wetlands

At the river’s edge, where water and soil meet, microbes churn out methane and other greenhouse gasses. Jeffrey G. Catalano, of Arts & Sciences, wades into local Missouri wetlands to determine the role of heavy metals in this process.

Parking highlights alternative transportation options

University parking and transportation officials are reminding the campus community about the variety of flexible alternative transportation and commuting programs available to faculty, staff and students.

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Campus Announcements

Effort underway to help students get to polls

The School of Law’s Public Service Advisory Board wants to help students get to the polls on Election Day Nov. 6. The board encourages students to complete a survey  to indicate either if they need a ride to their polling place or are willing to drive other voters.

Social Photo of the Week

A peek at the PAD’s ‘Rocky Horror Show’ this weekend

WashU in the News

Dementia and guns: when should doctors broach the topic?


Where do lottery profits go?

WBUR (NPR Boston)

Scientists double down on landing sites for sample-collecting Mars rover

Scientific American

Checking the health of LaBarque Creek

Nine Network

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Campus Voices

‘I am an angry woman. From workplace bias to sexist politics, we have a lot to be angry about.’

Arghavan Salles, MD, PhD, of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine, writes an op-ed in USA Today about sex discrimination in the workplace, including the field of medicine, and beyond — and how women are responding.

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Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters in Arts & Sciences, will receive the 2018 Tradition of Literary Excellence Award on Saturday, Oct. 27. The University City Municipal Commission on Arts & Letters created the award in 2014.

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Research Wire

Infectious disease specialist Gary Weil, MD, at the School of Medicine, has received a $2.1 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to lead a clinical trial in Ghana to evaluate a triple drug combination for treating onchocerchiasis, a parasitic worm disease also called river blindness.

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Who Knew WashU?

Beaux Arts Ball in 1960Question: During World War II, which of the following activities was suspended on campus?
Answer: D)  Spring formals, Student Senate and Thurtene Carnival all were suspended during the war, a time when many students left campus to serve the U.S. as soldiers, sailors and nurses.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Tina Orth, a clinical nurse coordinator at the School of Medicine, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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