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Friday, Jan. 18, 2019

Top Stories

Racial differences in Alzheimer’s disease unveiled

A new study at the School of Medicine finds disparities between African-Americans and Caucasians in a key biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease — suggesting that some diagnostic tools may not work as well in African-Americans.

Chancellor-elect Martin announces staff members

Chancellor-elect Andrew D. Martin has announced three new members of his office staff: Rebecca Brown, Jill Clark and Nancy Lyons. Martin also has launched a new website.

Study: Foes of genetically modified foods know less than they think

The people who hold the most extreme views opposing genetically modified foods think they know most about GMO food science — but actually know the least, according to a paper by researchers including Sydney Scott at Olin Business School.

Board grants faculty appointments, promotions

At the university’s Board of Trustees meeting Dec. 7, three faculty members were appointed, promoted or granted tenure.

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Campus Announcements

Nominations open for Ethic of Service Award

The Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award recognizes members of the university community who exemplify service and contribution to the St. Louis region. Honorees include alumni, employees, retirees, students and volunteers. The nomination deadline is Feb. 1.

Faculty Achievement Award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the university’s annual Faculty Achievement Awards, known as the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award and the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award. The deadline to submit nominations is Feb. 15.

Social Photo of the Week

WashU’s winter wonderland

WashU in the News

Lack of paid family leave, support at work partly to blame for 30-year low in fertility rates: Experts

ABC News

Democrats examine drug prices, a first step in Congress’ path to cut prescription costs

USA Today

The dangers of drowsy driving

Consumer Reports

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Henry W. Berger, professor emeritus of history, 81

in memoriam graphicHenry W. Berger, professor emeritus of history in Arts & Sciences, died Dec. 10. He was 81. Berger joined the Washington University faculty in 1970, teaching classes on American history and foreign policy. He served as chair of Jewish and Near Eastern studies from 1984-89.

Campus Voices

‘Medicare for all is about trade-offs, not rights and privileges’

Peter Boumgarden, professor of practice at Olin Business School, and Andrew Schuette, an audiologist at the School of Medicine and a PMBA candidate at Olin, write an op-ed in Stat about the debate over the future of the nation’s health-care system and the need for all sides to consider other points of view.

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Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, of the School of Medicine, and Yoram Rudy, of the School of Engineering & Applied Science, have been selected as National Academy of Inventors fellows. They will be inducted in April during the academy’s annual meeting in Houston.

Alexis Elward, MD, was named St. Louis Children’s Hospital chief medical officer. The appointment became effective Jan. 1. A professor of pediatrics, she previously served as associate chief medical officer.

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Who Knew WashU?

Charles Lindbergh photoQuestion: Famous aviator Charles Lindbergh received an honorary degree in absentia from Washington University in which year? (He planned to attend the ceremony but had to cancel on short notice.)
Answer: B) 1928. Lindbergh intended to pick up the degree later but never did. In 1996, as School of Law faculty and staff were moving from Mudd Hall to Anheuser-Busch Hall, they uncovered his honorary degree.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Karen Redeker, who works in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the School of Medicine and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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