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Friday, April 26, 2019

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Despite health warnings, Americans still sit too much

A new study led by the School of Medicine shows that most Americans spend a lot of time sitting, despite public health messages that prolonged sitting is unhealthy. Such inactivity increases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers.

‘We do research to help people’

In this installment of Class Acts, we focus on students who embrace innovation. Guangming Zhao thought he just wanted to do research when he came to work on his PhD at the McKelvey School of Engineering. Then he discovered his mission: helping people.

Device takes a licking and keeps on storing

Researchers in Arts & Sciences made an energy storage device that can withstand a hammer striking it repeatedly. The supercapacitor is also nonflammable, unlike lithium-ion batteries. The work is the cover story of the journal Sustainable Energy and Fuels.

School of Medicine names new chief information officer

Maria Russo, an expert in health-care-focused information technology, has been named chief information officer at the School of Medicine. Russo will begin in the new role May 1.

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WashU in the News

Growing spider silk on Mars


Graduate student poet featured in Lily Lines

The Washington Post

Competition for nutrients among seeds drives faster plant evolution

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Campus Voices

‘Three things you should know about Islam and Muslims’

Aria Nakissa, assistant professor of Islamic studies and of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, writes on the Center for the Humanities website about three common misconceptions people have about Islam and Muslims.

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University Libraries announced the winners of its annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. The competition encourages students to read for enjoyment and to develop personal libraries throughout their lives.

Christopher R. Carpenter, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the School of Medicine, has been elected to the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Board of Directors. The board establishes SAEM’s mission, purpose, values and direction.

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