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Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018

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$3 million to help expand Wolfram syndrome research

School of Medicine researchers have received a five-year, $3 million grant to study Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes neurologic problems, diabetes and other serious conditions. The grant will help continue a Wolfram clinic.

Don’t always credit/blame innovator behavior

A new study by a group of researchers, including Daniel Elfenbein of Olin Business School, used a computational model to interpret decision-making, learning and experiences that end in an entrepreneur’s success or failure.

Groundbreaking held for James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall

University leaders joined members of the McKelvey family, along with faculty, staff and friends, for a groundbreaking ceremony kicking off construction of James M. McKelvey, Sr. Hall. 

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Post-election analysis

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Holobaugh Honors ceremony

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Campus Announcements

Volunteers needed for December ceremony

The Commencement Office is seeking volunteers for the December Degree Candidate Recognition Ceremony. The ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 in the Athletic Complex Field House.

WashU in the News

First-of-its-kind surgery allows child with polio-like illness to walk again

CBS News

Gene study reveals secrets of parasitic worms, possible treatments


Alumna Carolyne Roehm’s autobiography-meets-art book published


Inbreeding may have caused skeletal abnormalities in early humans


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David L. Kirk, professor emeritus of biology, 84

David Kirk photoDavid L. Kirk, professor emeritus of biology in Arts & Sciences and Institute for School Partnership faculty fellow, died Nov. 1 in St. Louis after a long illness. He was 84. Kirk spent a lifetime teaching and researching developmental biology and, in retirement, worked to improve the way evolution is taught in K-12 schools.

Campus Voices

‘Honoring the latest lives callously stolen by hate’

Marie Griffith, director of the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, writes in the online journal Religion & Politics about the killings in Louisville, Ky., and in Pittsburgh. “Honoring the latest thirteen lives callously stolen by hate, and so many who came before them, requires audible, visible action, even among those made uncomfortable by public protest,” she said.

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Christine Pham, MD, professor of medicine and of pathology and immunology at the School of Medicine, has been named director of the Division of Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine. She is working to develop nanomedicine approaches for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.

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Research Wire

Richard D. Vierstra, the George and Charmaine Mallinckrodt Professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a $304,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a project titled “Phytochromes: Structural perspectives on photoactivation and signaling.”

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: Irma Rombauer, who attended Washington University for a time, wrote and published which best-selling cookbook?
A) “Fannie Farmer Cookbook”
B) “The Joy of Cooking”
C) “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”
D) “Kitchen Confidential”

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