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Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

Top Stories

Study: Passive investors facilitate activists’ ability to be aggressive

A new study led in part by Olin Business School’s Todd Gormley finds the increasing number of passive investors is encouraging activism targeted at board makeup changes, proxy settlements and the sale of all or part of a business.

Siteman Cancer Center to offer newest form of proton therapy

In 2020, Siteman Cancer Center will open its second proton therapy unit on the Medical Campus. The system will deliver extremely precise treatments of proton therapy, a type of radiation used to treat cancers in sensitive areas as well as in children.

Activist fights for her community, finds her voice

Brittany Ferrell, a social justice activist, nurse and Olin Fellow, emerged as a leader of the protest movement after Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson and co-founded Millennial Activists United. Her activism shifted her career plans to studying public health.

WashU Expert: Ending birthright citizenship ‘flatly wrong’

President Donald Trump’s plan to sign an executive order that would eliminate birthright citizenship for children born to noncitizens or unauthorized immigrants is “flatly wrong,” said immigration law expert Stephen Legomsky.

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7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31

Assembly Series: Victor LaValle

5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1

All Saints’ Day Mass

9 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2

U.S. gun violence conference

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Campus Announcements

Flags lowered to half-staff in memory of Pittsburgh synagogue victims

The U.S. and university flags over Brookings Hall are lowered to half-staff until sunset today as a mark of respect for those killed in the shooting Oct. 27 at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. In addition, a community gathering and tree planting to honor the victims will take place at noon today at the Francis Field gates, west of Simon Hall.

Washington People

Bob Criss

Bob Criss

During an 8-mile journey from the Columbia Bottom conservation area over the Chain of Rocks in a canoe, Bob Criss in Arts & Sciences talks about Lewis and Clark, navigation and the relevance of rivers today.

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WashU in the News

A sense of alarm as rural hospitals keep closing

The New York Times

Rhetoric in media and politics


Good dogs could help identify malaria carriers

Smithsonian Magazine

Aging can be hard for those in the trans community

The Washington Post

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Campus Voices

‘How good is the US economy, really?’

Ahead of the midterm elections, Steve Fazzari, chair of sociology in Arts & Sciences, explores the state of the economy and explains for a “Hold That Thought” episode why unemployment and growth figures don’t tell the full story. 

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Research Wire

Brecca Gaffney, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Program in Physical Therapy at the School of Medicine, received a L’Oreal USA 2018 For Women in Science Fellowship for research pursuing the link between chronic hip pain and the development of low back pain.

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