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Friday, Nov. 30, 2018

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Alcohol dependence, psychiatric disorders share genetic links

An international team of researchers, including a School of Medicine team, identified a gene as a key risk factor for alcohol dependence. The researchers also linked genetic factors associated with alcohol dependence to other psychiatric disorders.

New timeline sheds light on early human history

Drastic climate changes shaped the timeline for rich deposits of early human ancestor fossils found in a network of South African caves known as the “Cradle of Humankind,” suggests a study co-authored by paleoanthropologists in Arts & Sciences.

WashU experts’ take on national climate report

University experts from all corners of academia long have been studying climate change in the contexts of their own fields. Here, they offer perspectives on the National Climate Assessment released last week.

Researchers find innovative ways to combat world’s deadliest bacteria

Among researchers studying the deadly disease tuberculosis, three of the most innovative are at the School of Medicine. Shabaana Abdul Khader, Jennifer Philips and Christina Stallings each hold several patents on new ways to prevent or treat TB.

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Campus Announcements

Free vehicle inspections next week

The Washington University Police Department and Parking & Transportation Services, in partnership with Woodard’s Automotive, again are offering free vehicle inspections to university students, faculty and staff from Dec. 4-7.

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Social Photo of the Week

Check out Instagram highlights of Justin Baldoni’s visit to WashU

WashU in the News

Probiotics found to be ineffective for easing symptoms of kids’ stomach bugs


Creating synthetic silk from microbes

Scientific American

Gmail stopped ‘Smart Compose’ from suggesting pronouns to avoid sexism


Another Final Four for No. 1-ranked Washington U. women’s soccer

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘Five reasons a writer should move to St. Louis’

Sylvia Sukop, senior fellow in creative nonfiction in Arts & Sciences, writes a piece in Literary Hub about the university’s MFA writing program and how St. Louis is a good place for writers, for reasons from culture to cost of living.

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The Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences ranks second in the nation in a new study of faculty research productivity published by the American Political Science Association. The department’s strong showing was led by James L. Gibson.

Matthew J. Matava, MD, has been selected for the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame’s Enshrinement in St. Louis. A professor of orthopedic surgery and of physical therapy at the School of Medicine, he is one of 16 people selected for enshrinement in 2018.

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