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Friday, Aug. 9, 2019

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Blood test accurately IDs Alzheimer’s pre-symptoms

School of Medicine researchers report they can measure levels of the Alzheimer’s protein amyloid beta in the blood and predict whether the protein has accumulated in the brain. The findings are a key step toward a blood test to diagnose people before symptoms arise.

‘Sobering’ study released on police violence

Police violence is a leading cause of death for young men in the United States, finds a new study from Arts & Sciences. Over the life course, about 1 in every 1,000 black men can expect to be killed by police.

A new beginning for Bear Beginnings

When the Class of 2023 arrives Aug. 17, students will experience a nine-day Bear Beginnings orientation program that is more inclusive, more fun and more days of programming. Traditions such as Convocation will continue, but new programs also are included.

Synthetic biology enables protein origami

Fuzhong Zhang, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and members of his lab have developed a bottom-up approach to build 2D nanostructures, essentially starting from scratch.

WashU Expert remembers Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison, who died Aug. 5, was among the most powerful, popular and influential writers of her generation. Rhaisa Williams, of Arts & Sciences, remembers her “magnificent wield of imagination.”

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WashU in the News

The one thing you should never do if you want to be empathetic


Five years after Ferguson, racial tension might be more intense

The Associated Press

Battle brews to dump Jim Crow-era voting rules in Deep South


Can team sports reduce depression in tweens?

Cincinnati Public Radio

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Campus Voices

‘Protect our human rights, not gun rights’

In the wake of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Leila Sadat, the James Carr Professor of International Criminal Law, and Madaline George, a research fellow at the School of Law, wrote an op-ed published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decrying “25 years of legislative failure” to act on gun control.

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Eileen G’Sell, senior lecturer in writing and in the Prison Education Project, both in Arts & Sciences, was a finalist in the 2019 Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation grant program for visual art journalists.

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Research Wire

Rajan Chakrabarty, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, received a $410,856 National Science Foundation grant for his research group’s work on Fire Influence on Regional to Global Environments and Air Quality, a large-scale investigation into the properties and consequences of emissions from large fires.

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