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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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White appointed president of DePauw University

Lori S. White, vice chancellor for student affairs at Washington University, has been appointed president of DePauw University, effective July 1. She will leave her current position May 31, according to Chancellor Andrew D. Martin.

WashU Counts: campus prepares for 2020 census

The 2020 U.S. census starts soon, and the Gephardt Institute wants to make sure every student at Washington University is counted. A new website explains how the census works and dispels some common myths. 

New center promotes healthy workplaces

The School of Medicine’s Healthy Work Center facilitates research to promote the health of working-age people by focusing on topics such as diet and exercise, cancer prevention and injury avoidance. It’s a rebooted version of the Occupational Safety and Health Research Lab.

Birds of a feather better not together

A new study of North American birds from biologists in Arts & Sciences reveals the importance of both total numbers and variation in species identities. The results have implications for maintaining a diverse portfolio of local species in the face of major environmental threats.

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Campus Announcements

Update on novel coronavirus

University administrators continue to monitor developments with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China. Stay up to date on the Emergency Management website.

Apply now for Civic Engagement Fund

The Gephardt Institute’s Civic Engagement Fund provides support for initiatives that cultivate community engagement. All members of the Washington University community are eligible to apply for funding, which can range from $500 to $5,000. Applicants must submit letters of intent for most projects by Friday, March 6.

WashU in the News

How daily life in the U.S. will change as the coronavirus outbreak enters a new phase

Los Angeles Times

Ultrasonic waves can make Siri share your secrets


The faces of a new union movement

The New Yorker

Decoding the vaginal microbiome

Scientific American

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Campus Voices

‘What my epilepsy diagnosis taught me about pursuing a career in science’

Luis FZ Batista, assistant professor at the School of Medicine, writes a first-person article published in Science about how being diagnosed with epilepsy has changed — but not derailed — his career.

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Jason Purnell, associate professor at the Brown School, has recently joined the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.

Students Libby Evan and Jina Hyun are representing the Sam Fox School in Varsity Art XXIV. The annual exhibition, hosted by Art St. Louis, features work by students from St. Louis college- and university-level art programs. A public reception will be held Friday, March 6.

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Research Wire

Five School of Medicine researchers have received Young Investigators Grants from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. The foundation is committed to alleviating the suffering caused by mental illness by supporting research that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research.

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