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Friday, Aug. 16, 2019

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Rethinking seizures and cardiac disease

Research from Arts & Sciences finds that mutations of a gene implicated in long QT syndrome in humans may trigger seizures because of their direct effects on certain neurons in the brain — independent from what the mutations do to heart function.

Gut makeup could make diarrhea less likely

Researchers at the School of Medicine have found the molecular signature of a healthy gut microbial community — the kind that can keep the intestinal bacteria C. difficile in check even following antibiotic treatment.

Which city is most polluted? No one knows

McKelvey School of Engineering scientist Randall Martin outlines the gap between what researchers know and don’t know about pollution. Researchers would prefer more robust monitoring of pollutants because such data indicates level of progress in environmental science.

Caught on camera

Researchers from the university’s Tyson Research Center and St. Louis College of Pharmacy set up 34 motion-activated cameras to capture images of wildlife in area parks and green spaces. The effort helps promote biodiversity and improve our coexistence with wildlife.

School of Law opens First Amendment Clinic

The School of Law has launched a First Amendment Clinic, aimed at allowing students to gain experience by providing legal assistance to organizations, students, journalists and citizens.

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9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16

VA and Community Partnership Summit

10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21

‘Check Your Blind Spots’ tour at Medical Campus

Thursday, Aug. 22 – Friday, Aug. 23

Wealth Asset Management Research Conference

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WashU in the News

Here’s how too much social media can harm girls

U.S. News & World Report

Why police violence needs to be treated as a public health issue


In defense of naked mole rats and what we can learn from them


Weed while pregnant: Far more common and concerning than many realize

USA Today

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Merton Bernstein, professor emeritus of law, 96

Merton Bernstein photoMerton C. Bernstein, the Walter D. Coles Professor of Law Emeritus, died at his home in Brewster, Mass., Aug. 3. He was 96. Bernstein, who joined the faculty in 1975, was an expert on Social Security, pension and health-care issues.

Campus Voices

‘Empress of the stage’

Paige McGinley, associate professor of performing arts in Arts & Sciences, writes about blues pioneer Bessie Smith for NPR’s “Turning the Tables: Eight Women Who Invented American Popular Music.”

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The university’s Office of the Vice Chancellor and General Counsel is this year’s recipient of the Gerald R. Ortbals Law Practice Award from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. The office and other honorees will be recognized during an awards luncheon today.

Doug Villhard, an Olin Business School alumnus and serial startup founder, has been named academic director for entrepreneurship at the business school. He takes over the role held by Cliff Holekamp, who stepped down in June.

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Research Wire

Ning Zhang, assistant professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, is developing a novel user privacy protection framework that will give internet users full privacy control over their data. The work is funded by a collaborative four-year, $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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