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Friday, Jan. 24, 2020

Top Stories

Mutations in donors’ stem cells may cause problems

A School of Medicine study suggests that bone marrow — or blood stem cells — from healthy donors can harbor extremely rare mutations that can cause health problems for the cancer patients who receive them.

A ‘choose your own’ entrepreneurial adventure

A new fellowship for WashU undergraduates, offered by the Skandalaris Center, will directly connect students to the St. Louis startup scene. The program deepens the university’s commitment to educating the next generation of entrepreneurs.

A look at discrimination in the health-care industry

Based on 60 in-depth interviews with black doctors, nurses and technicians, a study from Arts & Sciences finds that where black workers are positioned in an organization shapes their impressions about workplace racial discrimination.

Toward a smarter way of recharging the aquifer

Researchers from the McKelvey School of Engineering have solved a mystery: How did arsenic show up in aquifer water that had been triple purified? The answer: dissolved organic compounds.

Border walls obstruct legal trade, ‘divert’ illegal trade

Political scientist David Carter of Arts & Sciences co-authored a study of more than 50 barriers erected around the world. The research found that legal trade plummets up to 31% as a result of constructing a wall between neighboring countries.

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Campus Announcements

Libraries’ Neureuther essay competition open

Undergraduate and graduate students who love collecting books can submit entries for University Libraries’ annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. The deadline is March 6, and winners can receive up to $1,000.

WashU in the News

American mothers need a break. But is the ‘momcation’ a solution to their problems or a symptom?

The Washington Post

Trump’s impeachment trial could render verdict on Senate and key players

USA Today

Planning for spring waters along the Missouri

Science Friday

St. Louis Wildlife Project captures the day-to-day of region’s wild animals

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

Chancellor explains ‘Endowment 101’ in latest blog post

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin explains what an endowment is and how it works in the first installment of a three-part series exploring the university’s endowment.

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R. Edward Hogan, MD, professor of neurology and head of the Adult Epilepsy Section at the School of Medicine, has been elected second vice president of the American Epilepsy Society. In 2022, he will become the organization’s president.

Travis Tucker, assistant director of leadership and LGBTQIA involvement in the Department of Campus Life, has been selected to receive the 2020 Outstanding Diversity Achievement Award‐Individual from the National Association for Campus Activities, a leading campus life organization.

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Who Knew WashU?

east end pavilions-glassQuestion: How many panes of glass, combined, are used on the Schnuck Pavilion and the Sumers Welcome Center on the Danforth Campus?
Answer: C) 340. The Schnuck Pavilion and Sumers Welcome Center are just two of five new buildings, part of the largest capital project in the university’s recent history.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Andrew Carron, who works in Facilities Planning and Management and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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