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Monday, Nov. 19, 2018

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Brain, muscle cells found lurking in kidney organoids grown in lab

School of Medicine scientists identified rogue cells — brain and muscle cells — lurking in kidney organoids. But the researchers also demonstrated they could prevent most wayward cells from forming.

Reed wins National Book Award for Poetry

Justin Phillip Reed, a recent graduate of the MFA Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, has won the 2018 National Book Award for Poetry. The award is considered among the world’s most prestigious literary prizes.

New maps hint at how electric fish got their big brains

Researchers in Arts & Sciences have mapped the regions of the brain in mormyrid fish in extremely high detail. The study, published in Current Biology, may help illuminate longstanding questions in neuroanatomy.

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Campus Announcements

2FA required for students Nov. 28

Washington University reminds students that to ensure student and employee security and privacy, students, faculty and staff must use two-factor authentication (2FA) when accessing campus services and systems from off campus. Voluntary WashU 2FA enrollment is open for students and will be required beginning Nov. 28.

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The View From Here

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WashU in the News

Oceans are being sucked into Earth’s interior through world’s deepest trenches


Overlooked no more: Pandita Ramabai, Indian scholar, feminist and educator

The New York Times

Doctors still advise against marijuana for pregnant and breastfeeding women


Wearable sensors measuring air quality linked to smartphone app


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Campus Voices

‘From a Trickle to a Torrent’

Geoff Childs, professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, co-authored the book “From a Trickle to a Torrent” with doctoral student Namgyal Choedup, examining what happens to a community when the majority of its young people leave home to pursue an education.

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The Women’s Bakery, which provides access to education and employment for women in East Africa through the building of bakeries, won the university’s 2018 Global Impact Award last month. CEO Markey Culver (right) is an Olin Business School alumna.

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Research Wire

Alison Cahill, MD, and Yong Wang, both at the School of Medicine, received a five-year, $3.25 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Applying diffusion basis spectrum imaging to characterize human placenta immuno-response during normal term and preterm pregnancies.”

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