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Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

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Improvements to off-campus safety, security take effect

Updates to university safety and security programs will take effect as soon as today. They’re based on recommendations from the Public Safety Working Group, convened last fall following a spike in crime in neighborhoods near the Danforth Campus.

Why isn’t there a vaccine for staph?

A study from the School of Medicine may help explain why previous attempts to develop a staph vaccine have failed, while also suggesting a new approach to vaccine design that focuses on activating an untapped set of immune cells.

New division marries AI, social science

The interdisciplinary Division of Computational and Data Sciences, one of a few such programs in the country, focuses on turning the computational lens on social sciences problems. Students come from either a computer science or social science background.

SuperTIGER on its second prowl above Antarctica

A balloon-borne scientific instrument designed to study the origin of cosmic rays is taking its second turn high above the continent of Antarctica 3½ weeks after its launch.

Scientists supercharge protein production

Scientists at the School of Medicine have found a way to increase protein production up to a thousandfold, a discovery that could aid production of proteins used in the medical, food, agriculture, chemical and other industries.

WashU Expert: Soleimani killing likely unlawful

Among the questions following the Jan. 3 death of Qassem Soleimani of Iran is: Was the strike legal? The answer seems to be no, said Leila Sadat, director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute.

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Campus Announcements

Faculty award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted for the annual Faculty Achievement Awards, known as the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award and the Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award. The deadline is Feb. 14.

LEAP info session Thursday

Innovators interested in the Leadership and Entrepreneurial Acceleration Program (LEAP), sponsored by the Skandalaris Center, are invited to an informational session from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, in Mallinckrodt Center.

WashU in the News

Night nannies: the affluent family’s solution to a baby’s first months

The Atlantic

Are toxins in coal ash posing risks to nearby communities?

PBS NewsHour

Study: Air pollution greatly affects St. Louis’ poorer areas

The Associated Press | U.S. News & World Report

Math314 tries to help students do more than memorize math equations

St. Louis Public Radio

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Two students at the School of Medicine, Derek Platt and Erica Barnell, have been named top young entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine. Platt studies Zika virus; Barnell is co-founder of a clinical-stage diagnostic company working on early detection of colorectal cancer.

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Research Wire

With a five-year $2.55 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Quing Zhu, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, will work with a team of physicians at the School of Medicine to add an imaging method to the current standard of care for women at high risk for ovarian cancer.

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