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Friday, Nov. 1, 2019

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Flu antibody protects against numerous strains

A human antibody that protects mice against a wide range of lethal flu viruses could be the key to a universal vaccine and better treatments for severe flu disease, according to a new study from the School of Medicine and colleagues elsewhere.

Which came first: brain size or drinking propensity?

Contrary to the belief that drinking can literally shrink one’s brain, a new study that includes researchers from Arts & Sciences suggests that a small brain might be a risk factor for heavier alcohol consumption.

Actor Goodman to headline Founders Day Nov. 2

Award-winning actor and St. Louis native John Goodman will be the keynote speaker for the university’s annual Founders Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 2. Distinguished alumni, faculty and supporters also are honored during the event.

WashU Expert: Let’s make standard time permanent

Erik Herzog in Arts & Sciences is an expert on circadian rhythms. He says the country should be on standard time permanently. The science is clear, he said: it’s better in terms of sleep, cardiac function, weight, cancer risk and alcohol and tobacco consumption.

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Campus Announcements

Reminder: United Way campaign underway

The university’s United Way campaign is underway. Watch a video of colleagues sharing why it’s important to give, and learn how to make a donation or volunteer in the community.

WashU in the News

How Chief Justice John Roberts would lead the Senate impeachment trial

Yahoo News

How Washington University built an entrepreneurial powerhouse

Poets & Quants

Expert: NCAA payment of athletes may mean some for all, but the most for the stars


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The team that worked on the Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity received the Distinguished Science Award from the Huntsville, Ala., chapter of the National Space Club. Raymond Arvidson in Arts & Sciences is the mission’s deputy principal investigator.

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Who Knew WashU?

east end concrete graphicQuestion: How much concrete did the new buildings constructed on the east end of the Danforth Campus require?
Answer: C) 52,000 cubic yards. (Or, to give the fact a St. Louis flavor, enough to equal 84 million Ted Drewes frozen-custard concretes.) The east end project added five new buildings, expanded the Kemper Art Museum and relocated hundreds of parking spaces underground.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Ernie Gonzales, who works in the Department of Neurology at the School of Medicine and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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