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Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019

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2018 in review: On campus and around the globe

The Record looks back at some of the most-read and most-shared stories of 2018. Highlights include good news (a new chancellor), bad news (even light drinking increases risk of death) and curious news (“collective narcissism” is real and Virginians have it).

Science-based tips for a better, happier new year

There is no secret to happiness, but there is a science to it, said Tim Bono, a psychology lecturer in Arts & Sciences who teaches courses on happiness.

Medication for severe acne alters skin microbiome

A new study from the School of Medicine shows that the common acne medication isotretinoin alters the microbiome of the skin. The study raises the possibility of developing microbiome-based acne treatments.

History, healing and the lessons of Ferguson

The Black Rep will present the world premiere of the drama “Canfield Drive” in Edison Theatre tonight. The play runs through Jan. 27 and explores how two powerful journalists from different perspectives grapple with the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Poplack named Evens Endowed Chair in Women’s Health

Breast cancer imaging specialist Steven Poplack, MD (second from left), professor of radiology, has been named the Ronald and Hanna Evens Endowed Chair in Women’s Health at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Campus Announcements

Hoyt closed to vehicles starting Friday

Beginning Friday, Jan. 11, Hoyt Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic for improvements to the north entry to the east end of campus. Vehicle access to campus from Forest Park Parkway will remain open at Throop Drive.

Medical dean’s installation Jan. 18

David H. Perlmutter, MD, dean since 2015, will be installed as the inaugural George and Carol Bauer Dean of the School of Medicine at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Eric P. Newman Education Center on the Medical Campus. RSVP by Friday, Jan. 11, to attend.  

WashU in the News

Engineered plants without photorespiration ‘glitch’ could help feed millions in coming decades


The personality trait that makes people feel comfortable around you

The Atlantic

Ambulance equipment contaminated with drug-resistant superbug


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Milica Banjanin, professor emerita, 79

Milica Banjanin photoMilica Banjanin, professor emerita of comparative literature in Arts & Sciences, died Dec. 9. She was 79. She began teaching at the university as a Russian instructor in 1963. A memorial will take place Feb. 17 at the Whittemore House.

Campus Voices

‘Shell is tying executive pay to carbon emissions. Here’s why it could create real impact’

Three Olin Business School professors co-wrote an op-ed published on CNN’s website analyzing Royal Dutch Shell’s decision to connect executives’ pay to carbon emissions targets — and what that might mean for other companies and for the planet.

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Tuberculosis expert Jennifer Philips, MD, PhD (right), associate professor of medicine, has been named co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine.

The School of Engineering & Applied Science’s communications and marketing team recently won five awards in the Pride of CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) V competition.

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Research Wire

Eugene Oltz and Marco Colonna, MD, both at the School of Medicine, received a $3.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study how immune cells balance the need for a robust defense against infection against the risk of tissue damage.

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