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Friday, May 17, 2019

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A time for new beginnings

The university will award degrees to 3,162 undergraduate, graduate and professional students at Commencement, which begins at 8:30 a.m. in Brookings Quadrangle. Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will give the Commencement address.

Bloomberg announces climate summit

Michael Bloomberg announced the formation and convening of the Midwestern Collegiate Climate Summit, to be held in early 2020, to focus on mitigating the effects of climate change. Washington University will serve as its anchor.

Doctors address refugees’ mental health needs

Nearly 1 million Rohingya who fled violence in Myanmar live in overcrowded refugee camps in Bangladesh. Many are deeply traumatized, and their future remains uncertain. The School of Medicine’s Rupa Patel and Anne Glowinski are trying to help.

A tale of two skeeters

A native mosquito in Missouri has fewer parasites when it shares its water with an interloper, according to new research from biologists at Tyson Research Center, the university’s environmental field station.

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Campus Announcements

Student green ambassadors sought

WashU Green Ambassadors (WUGAs) play a critical role in teaching first-year students about sustainability through activities during orientation week and beyond. Students interested in joining the next WUGA cohort should apply by May 31. 

WashU in the News

Why nobody wants to be a senator anymore


New liver transplant rules begin amid fight over fairness

The Associated Press

AI translation boosted eBay sales more than 10 percent

The Verge

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Campus Voices

‘Evangelicals take on artificial intelligence’

S. Joshua Swamidass, MD, PhD, at the School of Medicine and the McKelvey School of Engineering, writes an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal (and shared on the WashU Perspectives page) about faith communities wrestling with the implications of artificial intelligence.

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Barbara A. Schaal, dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences and the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor of Biology, received the 2019 National Science Board Public Service Award. The award honors exemplary service in promoting public understanding of science and engineering.

Rory Mather has been awarded the 2019 Harrison D. Stalker Award from the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences. The award is given annually to a graduating biology major whose undergraduate career combines outstanding scientific scholarship with significant contributions in the arts and humanities.

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Who Knew WashU?

George Marshall photoQuestion: In what year did U.S. Army Gen. George Marshall, author of what became known as the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild European countries after World War II, deliver the Commencement address at Washington University?
Answer: B) Marshall spoke on June 6, 1951, discussing the rebuilding of Western Europe and the challenges of the Cold War. Marshall encouraged graduates and their families to seek facts and to look for good examples of leaders.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Sherry Lohmann, who works in the Program in Physical Therapy and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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