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Friday, Jan. 17, 2020

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$29M for new phase of broad Alzheimer’s study

School of Medicine researchers have received $29 million from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health to continue a long-running, international Alzheimer’s study aimed at understanding how the disease develops and progresses.

Chimps more likely to share tools with complex tasks

New Arts & Sciences research finds that chimpanzees that use a multi-step process and complex tools to gather termites are more likely to share tools with novices. The study helps illuminate chimpanzees’ capacity for prosocial behavior.

Leahy named associate vice chancellor for finance

Angie L. Leahy, assistant director of tax at Washington University, has been named associate vice chancellor for finance and controller, announced Amy B. Kweskin, vice chancellor for finance. Leahy’s appointment took effect Jan. 1.

Plants model more efficient thermal cooling method

Mechanical engineer Patricia Weisensee combined properties similar to those seen in a lotus leaf with those found on rose petals to find a more efficient way for droplets to evaporate from a surface.

And then there was light

New research from Arts & Sciences provides insight into how proteins called phytochromes sense light and contribute to how plants grow. Biologists structurally defined the sequence of events that supports the transition between light- and dark-adapted states.

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Outdoor exercise in polluted air

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‘Life Outside of Violence’ program panel discussion

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Campus Announcements

Apply for Newman travel fund

Applications are now open for University Libraries’ Newman Exploration Travel Fund. Graduate and undergraduate students, along with Danforth Campus faculty and staff members, are invited to apply for a travel award of up to $10,000.

Social Photo of the Week

#WashUPets: meet Hank

WashU in the News

Washington University’s newly revamped MBA named program of the year

Poets & Quants

St. Louis prosecutor sues city and police union, citing racist conspiracy


For this Colombian scientist, lizards led to a life of science


Washington University hires new provost

St. Louis Business Journal

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Campus Voices

What to expect with Senate impeachment trial

Political scientist Steven Smith of Arts & Sciences wrote an analysis piece for The Washington Post about the rules by which the Senate might conduct President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

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Tammy Matuska, a clinical nurse coordinator in the Division of Hematology & Oncology at the School of Medicine, has been named a 2019 MPN Hero by CURE magazine, a national publication for cancer patients and their caregivers.

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Research Wire

Four researchers at the School of Medicine have received grants from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to support three separate projects that contribute to the Human Cell Atlas, a global effort to create a detailed map of all cells in the human body. They are: Benjamin Humphreys, MD, PhD, Yiing Lin, MD, PhD, Samantha A. Morris and Bo  Zhang.

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