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Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

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A name change for Alumni and Development

Alumni & Development Programs at Washington University has changed its name to University Advancement to better reflect the department’s renewed purpose to advance the university’s mission. 

Gene ID’d as target for dementia in Parkinson’s

School of Medicine researchers have found that a genetic variant linked to dementia triggers the spread of clumps of proteins through the brain. The findings suggest that therapies that target the gene might reduce the risk of dementia for people with Parkinson’s.

Predicting chaos using aerosols and AI

Researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering observed the motion of aerosols to help develop a deep learning method that accurately simulates chaotic trajectories — from the spread of poisonous gas to the path of foraging animals.

WashU Expert: How to pick a science fair project

To the 80,000 parents — um, make that students — who will compete in the upcoming St. Louis Science Fair, Washington University senior Sam Martorana offers this advice: Follow your passion, not the rubric.

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11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15

MLA Lecture on humanities in transition

6–7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17

Story Stitchers performance and discussion

6–8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17

Panel discusses coronavirus outbreak

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WashU in the News

After ‘Parasite,’ are subtitles still a one-inch barrier for Americans?

The New York Times

The lost secrets of the Harlem Renaissance


Drugs fail to slow decline in inherited Alzheimer’s disease

The Associated Press

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Alec Becker, student in Arts & Sciences, 18

Alec Becker photoAlec Becker, a first-year student in Arts & Sciences, died by suicide Feb. 6 in his hometown of Dallas. He was 18. Becker only attended Washington University for the fall semester, but friends and faculty who had the opportunity to know Becker say he was thoughtful, warm and spirited.

Campus Voices

Chancellor shares message about coronavirus

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin shares a message with the university community about the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak: “I urge each member of our community to see one another’s humanity and to extend compassion and empathy to those most impacted.”

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The Mastercard Impact Fund recently awarded the university’s Social Policy Institute a three-year $1.5 million grant. Mastercard’s founding partnership of the SPI will further strengthen the institute’s ability to use research and data science to impact social policy and to promote inclusive growth in the St. Louis community and beyond.

A community development project led by Linda C. Samuels, at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and Christopher Trumble, at the University of Arizona, has won a national Architectural Education Award for Collaborative Practice.

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Who Knew WashU?

William Greenleaf Eliot photoQuestion: The nation will celebrate the birthday of George Washington, the university’s namesake, on Monday, Feb. 17. But after whom was the university originally named?
Answer: B) William Greenleaf Eliot, the first chair of the Board of Trustees and the third chancellor.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Beth Miller, who works at the McKelvey School of Engineering and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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