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Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

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‘Jumping genes’ help stabilize DNA folding patterns

School of Medicine research indicates that “jumping genes” — bits of DNA that can move from one spot in the genome to another — stabilize the 3D folding patterns of the DNA molecule inside the cell’s nucleus.

Keeping lead out of drinking water systems

Researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering found that the hazards of switching disinfectants in water systems — increased lead levels — can be mitigated if the change is done correctly.

What a meteorite is teaching us about space history

Presolar grains are sometimes found in primitive meteorites. But a noble gas analysis from physicists in Arts & Sciences reveals evidence of presolar grains in part of a meteorite where they are not expected.

2020-21 tuition, room, board, fees announced

Undergraduate tuition at Washington University will be $56,300 for the 2020-21 academic year — a $2,050 (3.8%) increase over the 2019-20 academic tuition, announced Amy B. Kweskin, vice chancellor for finance.

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1–2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3

Global health work-in-progress group meets

5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4

‘Metropolis’ film screening

7:30 a.m. – Noon Wednesday, Feb. 5

Olin Business School health-care symposium

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Campus Announcements

Update on novel coronavirus

University administrators are tracking developments with the novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, China, and provide an update to the WashU community. There are no confirmed cases at the university.

Nominate student for Switzer award

The Women’s Society of Washington University seeks nominations for the Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award. The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Social Photo of the Week

A snowy scene on campus

WashU in the News

Reasons St. Louis is a great place to start your career

The Motley Fool

Why ‘American Dirt’ is stirring up a lot of controversy

The Baltimore Sun | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Marking Auschwitz’s 75th anniversary


Can helping older adults find their ‘next act’ pay off for colleges?

Education Dive

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Campus Voices

‘Trump’s impeachment trial is no witch hunt’

Historian Christine Johnson in Arts & Sciences writes a perspective piece in The Washington Post exploring the history of witchcraft persecutions in Europe and the light they shed on the modern criminal justice system’s failures.

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Nancy Berg, professor of Hebrew language and literature in Arts & Sciences, has won a National Jewish Book Award for best anthology for the 2018 book “What We Talk About When We Talk About Hebrew (and What It Means to Amer­i­cans).”

James Fitzpatrick, professor of neuroscience and of cell biology and physiology at the School of Medicine, has been elected biological sciences director of the Microscopy Society of America. He will serve a three-year term on the society’s governing council beginning this year.

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Research Wire

Lawrence H. Snyder, MD, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the School of Medicine and of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences, received a five-year $2.55 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research titled “Interhemispheric communication underlying bimanual and eye-hand coordination.”

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