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Friday, April 24, 2020

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Maker Task Force works to protect health-care workers

The COVID-19 WashU/BJC Maker Task Force has emerged as a hub for St. Louis-area makers to help health-care workers stay safe as they care for COVID-19 patients. The multidisciplinary group is developing everything from isolation gowns to ventilator replacement parts.

Conferences canceled, musicologists turn to Zoom

As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc with the academic conference schedule, the online colloquium “Music Scholarship at a Distance,” co-founded by Paula Harper of Arts & Sciences, has emerged as an important venue for musicologists to continue sharing their work.

Thank you, #WashU20

In this week’s edition of Thank You, #WashU20, we spotlight graduating students Kate Gerull, of the School of Medicine, Matt Steinhaus, of University College, and Eve Wallack, of the Sam Fox School. They have used their talents to improve their professional or local communities.

Lizards develop new ‘love language’

Free from the risk of predators and intent to attract potential mates, male lizards relocated to experimental islets in Greece produce a novel chemical calling card, according to research from biologists in Arts & Sciences.

Transitions ahead at the Africa Initiative

The university’s Africa Initiative will keep its momentum going as it seeks a new leader. Benjamin Akande, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs-Africa, has been named president of Champlain College in Vermont, effective July 1.

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Campus Announcements

Employee crisis response fund accepting applications

Employees facing financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic may apply for assistance from the WashU Crisis Response Fund starting Monday, April 27, through May 4. The fund already has supported many students needing financial help, and they can still apply through Wednesday, April 29.

Social Photo of the Week

WashU’s Got Talent: Hear from the WashU Sensasians

WashU in the News

New York and Boston pigeons don’t mix

The New York Times

Global education sector urged to face pandemic challenges together

China Daily

Civil rights-era laws against masks clash with federal coronavirus recommendations

The Hill

Asthma and allergy concerns during coronavirus

KMOX News Radio

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Trudi Riesenberg, former Assembly Series director, 93

Trudi Riesenberg photoHelen (Trudi) Spigel Riesenberg, PhD ’69, a former director of student activities and later director of the Assembly Series at Washington University, died March 30 at her home in Harpswell, Maine. She was 93.

Campus Voices

‘Preserving mental, physical health while isolating at home’

In the latest episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast, the School of Medicine’s Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, says those confining themselves at home can take steps to stay mentally and physically healthy, the most important of which involves being kind to oneself.

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The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences recently made 19 awards to faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the humanities and humanistic social sciences for its program of faculty seminars, reading groups and writing groups.

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