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Monday, Jan. 27, 2020

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High-protein diets boost plaque, mouse study shows

High-protein diets may help people lose weight and build muscle, but a School of Medicine study in mice suggests they also lead to more plaque in the arteries.

Leaders use shortcut to assess who trusts them

A new study that included a pair of researchers from Olin Business School, Kurt Dirks and Andrew Knight, explored what underlies an accurate sense of trust in a business organization.

‘I Made This’ series debuts with student songwriter

In the debut of The Record’s new series, “I Made This,” senior J.T. Bridges shares the story behind his song “Discord,” which he recorded at the Harvey Media Center with the help of student group High Note Music Industry Collective.

Tuning optical resonators gives researchers control

Using a nanoparticle as a “tuning device,” researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering devised a way to control electromagnetically induced transparency — a feature of light that allows it to pass through opaque media.

Board of Trustees grants faculty promotions

At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, several faculty members were appointed or promoted with tenure. Most became effective Jan. 1.

WashU Expert on applications’ vulnerabilities

Joe Scherrer, director of the university’s Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative, says the cyberattack on Jeff Bezos is nothing unusual, and such attacks are becoming more common. But there are things you can do to stay safe.

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Campus Announcements

Update on novel coronavirus

Cheri LeBlanc, MD, executive director of the Habif Health and Wellness Center, provides an update to the university community about the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China. While there are no confirmed cases at the university, LeBlanc wants the community to be informed about the virus.

Campus blood drive tomorrow

A university blood drive will be held Tuesday, Jan. 28. Donors can give blood from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Athletic Complex on the Danforth Campus and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Olin Gym on the Medical Campus.

WashU in the News

This is what’s happening in your brain when your mind wanders


Impeachment trial: A foregone conclusion belies big stakes

The Christian Science Monitor

The new drugs of 2019

Chemical & Engineering News

New provost at Washington U. in St. Louis

The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Richard ‘Red’ Watson, professor emeritus, 88

in memoriam graphicRichard A. “Red” Watson, professor emeritus of philosophy in Arts & Sciences, died Sept. 18, 2019, in Wellesley, Mass. He was 88. Watson was a Descartes specialist, a novelist and a highly skilled spelunker.

Campus Voices

‘American Dirt’ gets Mexico very wrong

Mexican culture scholar Ignacio Sánchez Prado, of Arts & Sciences, writes an op-ed in The Washington Post criticizing the new novel “American Dirt” by Jeanine Cummins. He calls the book “a reminder of the deep ignorance regarding Mexico and Mexicans in U.S. culture.”

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Photographer Jennifer Colten, senior lecturer in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and Paul Tran, a senior poetry fellow in the Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, have won 2019 Artist Fellowships from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis.

Timothy Miller, MD, PhD, the David Clayson Professor of Neurology at the School of Medicine, and a group of his colleagues have received the inaugural Healey Center International Prize for innovation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) research from the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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