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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019

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New chancellor greets Class of 2023

The 1,736 members of the Class of 2023 arrived Aug. 17. Students hail from 19 countries and nearly every state, with 8% from St. Louis; 15% are Pell grant-eligible and 9% are the first in their families to attend college.

Genes linked to Alzheimer’s risk, resilience identified

A team led by School of Medicine researchers has identified a pair of genes that influence risk for Alzheimer’s disease. They alter levels of a protein that is believed to help the brain’s immune cells clear amyloid and tau proteins from the brain.

Thorp named editor-in-chief of Science

Holden Thorp, the Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor, has been named editor-in-chief of the Science family of journals. He will assume his new role Oct. 28 and will be on leave from the university.

The values behind the White Coat Ceremony

First-year medical student Rachel Butler shares about her class’s introduction to the School of Medicine and the power and positivity of the white coat. The White Coat Ceremony took place Aug. 16.

National narcissism rears its head in study of WWII

In a survey of adults from the countries that comprised the World War II alliances known as the Allies and the Axis, respondents overestimate their country’s importance to the war effort. A new Arts & Sciences study shows how.

WashU Expert warns about endangered species proposal

The Trump administration’s proposed overhaul of the landmark Endangered Species Act will “hasten the extinction of countless species,” said Jonathan Losos, director of the Living Earth Collaborative at Washington University and a biodiversity expert.

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

‘Check Your Blind Spots’ unconscious bias tour

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The View From Here

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WashU in the News

Your employer may be spying on you — and wasting its time

Scientific American

Deep-Earth diamonds may contain gassy relics from the early solar system

Nova (PBS)

Depressed patients see quality of life improve with implanted nerve stimulation device


Lorin Cuoco, arts and literature advocate, author and editor, dies at 64

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Keshav Sanghani, student in Arts & Sciences, 19

Keshav Sanghani photoKeshav Sanghani, a rising sophomore in Arts & Sciences, died June 30. He was 19. Sanghani, of Willowbrook, Ill., was an accomplished student who was interested in math, economics and languages.

Campus Voices

‘Why American cities remain segregated 50 years after the Fair Housing Act’

Henry S. Webber, executive vice chancellor and chief administrative officer, writes on the Oxford University Press blog that segregation remains a problem in St. Louis, Chicago and other urban areas and that middle-income neighborhoods in such cities have dwindled.

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Lingchei Letty Chen, of Arts & Sciences, has received a three-year, $195,000 grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Education to enhance on-campus Taiwan studies course offerings and related projects.

Meaghan C. Creed and Jordan G. McCall, both assistant professors in anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, have been named to the 2019 class of Rita Allen Foundation Scholars. The foundation chose 10 young leaders whose research in biomedical sciences holds promise for revealing new pathways to advance human health.

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Research Wire

Kimberly Parker, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, received $110,000 from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund for her proposal “Behavior of Enzymes at the Interfaces of Minerals and Non-Aqueous Liquids.”

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: What is the oldest residential college on the South 40?
A) Hitzeman, Hurd and Myers
B) Lee/Beaumont
C) Liggett/Koenig
D) Shanedling, Dauten and Rutledge

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