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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

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Thorp to conclude term as Washington University provost

Provost Holden Thorp will leave his position effective July 15, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin. Thorp, who has served as provost since 2013, plans to take a one-year sabbatical and then return to the university in a new role.

Heartburn drugs linked to fatal heart, other diseases

A study from researchers at the School of Medicine and Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System linked long-term use of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors to fatal cases of cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease and stomach cancer.

What makes Stevia so sweet?

New research by biologists in Arts & Sciences reveals the molecular machinery behind the high-intensity sweetness of the stevia plant. The results could be used to engineer new non-caloric products without the aftertaste that many experience now.

Immune cells determine how fast certain tumors grow

David H. Gutmann, MD, PhD, and colleagues studying brain tumors in mice discovered that tumors grow most rapidly if they can enlist the aid of immune cells. The findings suggest therapies targeting immune cells could potentially treat some brain tumors.

New consumer protection director to speak today

Kathy Kraninger, who was named director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau six months ago, will talk about the bureau’s new directions and initiatives in savings policy at 4 p.m. today in Hillman Hall’s Clark-Fox Forum.

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Campus Announcements

Summer volunteers needed for Burning Kumquat

The Burning Kumquat, a student-run organic garden on the South 40, seeks volunteers to help with upkeep (and harvest the produce) while many students are gone for the summer. To learn more, stop by the Burning Kumquat between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. any Wednesday in June. 

The View From Here

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WashU in the News

Sun Yat-sen’s connection to China and the U.S.


Constructing 3D maps of tumors could advance cancer treatments


The daily risk we take to be connected in a digital world

KMOX News Radio

As floodwaters remain high, many in St. Louis wonder if they’ll reach flood of ‘93 levels

St. Louis Public Radio

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Lloyd Brown Sr., professor emeritus in engineering, 94

in memoriam graphicLloyd “Bob” Brown Sr., a 30-year faculty member and professor emeritus in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, died May 25, 2019. He was 94.

Campus Voices

‘Race and education, 65 years after Brown’

The U.S. Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education 65 years ago, holding that racial segregation in public schools is unconstitutional. But Sheretta Butler-Barnes and Maya Williams, of the Brown School, write in a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that inequities still exist today. For example, African American and Latino students face reduced access to experienced teachers and gifted programs.

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Roman Garnett, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, will build new algorithms for a method known as active machine learning that will accelerate extracting knowledge from big data with a five-year, nearly $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.

Andrew Tuch, professor of law, presented “Reassessing Self-Dealing” at the 2019 Stanford/Yale/Harvard Junior Faculty Forum last week at Yale Law School. Tuch’s paper focuses on how best to regulate self-dealing or investor expropriation by corporate directors.

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