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Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

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Physicists awarded $3.3M for XL-Calibur telescope

University researchers will develop and deploy a new telescope designed to measure the polarization of X-rays arriving from distant neutron stars, black holes and other exotic celestial objects. The NASA-funded effort builds on promising results from a previous mission.

In youths’ transfusions, fresh and older blood effective

An international study co-led by the School of Medicine found no benefit in using fresh red blood cells, stored for up to seven days, in blood transfusions for critically ill children, compared with using older red blood cells.

Local student surprised with WashU Pledge scholarship

On Dec. 12, 707 high school seniors opened their inboxes to learn they had been accepted early decision to Washington University. Watch this video to see one student get the news about acceptance and a scholarship straight from some university leaders and the WashU Bear.

Zipfel named Dacey Distinguished Professor

Gregory J. Zipfel, MD (right), the recently named head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the School of Medicine and neurosurgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, is also now the inaugural Ralph G. Dacey Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery.

WashU Expert: U.S. faces ‘future drought’ in helium

Chemist Sophia Hayes of Arts & Sciences testified in a briefing on Capitol Hill this week that steep price increases and “supply shocks” threaten basic research in academic settings. Shortages also will lead to broader health and industry applications, she warned.

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Campus Announcements

Major upgrade of Central West End station to begin

The School of Medicine and BJC HealthCare, in partnership with Bi-State Development, will begin construction Monday, Dec. 16, on a major upgrade to the Central West End MetroLink station.

Happy holidays from The Record

Today’s issue marks the last Record of the calendar year. Publication will resume in January. For the latest news, visit The Source. The Record staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

WashU in the News

How corporate diversity initiatives ignore people of color


Church unearthed in Ethiopia rewrites the history of Christianity in Africa

Smithsonian Magazine

10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy signs with favorite basketball team

CBS News

WashU’s Swamidass builds bridge between science and creation myths in new book

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

‘There’s a lot to like about the Senate privacy bill, if it’s not watered down’

The School of Law’s Neil Richards co-writes an op-ed in The Hill about the online privacy legislation pending in the U.S. Senate, saying that it’s a good step if the substance doesn’t change significantly before passage.

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Jhan Salazar, a graduate student in biology in Arts & Sciences, was recognized by the Colombian organization Color de Colombia as the “Afro-Colombian of the Year” in the youth category. He took part in a nationally televised ceremony Dec. 2 in Colombia.

Del Schwinke, a longtime adjunct instructor in University College, received the Advertising Club of Greater St. Louis’ Lifetime Achievement Award this month. Schwinke served as co-coordinator of University College’s Communications and Journalism program from 2009-2018.

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Research Wire

The Russell Sage Foundation has awarded Calvin Lai, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, $127,015 for a randomized controlled trial aimed at addressing the gap between the aims and outcomes of implicit bias training in police departments.

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Who Knew WashU?

Ethan A.H. Shepley photoQuestion: When Andrew D. Martin became chancellor this year, he also became the second alumnus to lead Washington University in its 166-year history. Who was the first?
Answer: C) Ethan A.H. Shepley, who was appointed chancellor in 1954 and served until 1961. A St. Louis native, he earned his law degree from Washington University in 1922.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Jessica Droege, who works in the Department of Political Science in Arts & Sciences and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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