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Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020

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Results of Alzheimer’s drug trial announced

An international clinical trial evaluating whether two investigational drugs can slow memory loss and cognitive decline in people in the early stages of a rare, inherited form of Alzheimer’s yielded disappointing results, an initial analysis shows.

Youth suicidal thoughts correlate to family dynamics

Research from Washington University shows a nontrivial rate of children as young as 9 and 10 years old are thinking about suicide. How their families interact — or don’t — may play a role.

No clear path for Golden Rice to reach consumers

Heralded for its potential to save millions, Golden Rice was approved as safe by regulators in the Philippines. But a new study from Arts & Sciences finds that most families affected by Vitamin A deficiency can’t grow Golden Rice, nor will many commercial farmers.

WashU Expert on threat of coronavirus to supply chain

The coronavirus outbreak’s impact on the global supply chains promises to be two times worse than when the SARS virus emerged in 2002 in China, warned Panos Kouvelis at Olin Business School.

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Campus Announcements

Reminder: apply for Newman Exploration Travel Fund

Applications are open for University Libraries’ Newman Exploration Travel Fund. Students, along with Danforth Campus faculty and staff, can apply for a travel grant. The deadline is Feb. 28.

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WashU in the News

Newly identified gene may help fight dementia risk in Parkinson’s, mice study shows

BBC Science Focus

Stanley Cohen, WashU Nobelist, dies at 97; made breakthrough on cell growth

The New York Times

What a lifetime of playing football can do to the brain


Trump falsely claims Pelosi did something ‘very illegal’ by ripping up his State of the Union speech

NBC News

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Rick Larsen, athletic trainer, 65

Rick Larsen photoRick Larsen, Washington University’s head athletic trainer and former baseball coach, died Feb. 6 after a six-year battle with cancer. Larsen was 65. Visitation will take place from 4-8 p.m. today at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood, and a celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Graham Chapel.

Miles Meyer, adjunct instructor in University College, 69

in memoriam graphicMiles W. Meyer, an adjunct instructor in University College, died Feb. 7 in St. Louis. He was 69. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton and from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at St. Lucas United Church of Christ in Sunset Hills.


Shannon Laine, an adjunct instructor in the nonprofit management master’s program at University College, was selected as a 2020 St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” honoree. Laine, president and CEO of HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis, also is a graduate of the master’s program.

William F. Tate, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School, has been recognized by Education Week as one of the 10 most influential sociology scholars who study education in the United States.

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: The nation will celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the university’s namesake, on Monday, Feb. 17. After whom was the university originally named?
A) Wayman Crow
B) William Greenleaf Eliot
C) Joseph Gibson Hoyt
D) Abram Litton

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