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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Top Stories

University begins planning for fall semester

As the region, nation and world continue to navigate the evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university has begun mobilizing efforts in preparation for the fall semester, Chancellor Andrew D. Martin said.

A spring like no other

The spring semester was not supposed to end like this, with quiet labs and remote classrooms. But COVID-19 changed everything. Here’s a look at the many ways Washington University has responded in the first uncertain weeks of a new reality.

Emergency center responds to COVID-19

The Emergency Operations Center on the Medical Campus has successfully weathered crises before — but none like the coronavirus pandemic. Team members work behind the scenes to provide rapid, coordinated responses to the ongoing outbreak.

Diabetes reversed in mice with genetically edited cells

Researchers at the School of Medicine have transformed stem cells into insulin-producing cells. They used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to correct a defect that caused a form of diabetes and implanted the cells into mice to reverse diabetes in the animals.

Ask the WashU Doctors: protective mask facts

Many people are wearing cloth face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Steven Lawrence, MD, and Cheri LeBlanc, MD, share information about cloth and medical face shields, proper cleaning and other tips to help you stay safe.

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Campus Announcements

Danforth Campus staff town hall today

Staff from the Danforth Campus and Central Fiscal Unit (CFU) departments are invited to attend a virtual town hall meeting from 3-4 p.m. today. The event will focus on the university’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the impact on staff and operations on the Danforth Campus and within the CFU.

WashU in the News

Hurricanes are reshaping evolution across the Caribbean

The New York Times

As virus takes its toll, black leaders in St. Louis seek more equitable health measures

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WashU houses front-line workers who can’t return home


Washington University medical students design and produce 1,600 reusable face shields within a week


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Campus Voices

‘What a sugar cube can teach us as we develop a coronavirus vaccine’

Michael Kinch, associate vice chancellor and director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Business and Drug Discovery at the university, writes an op-ed published by CNN offering a cautionary tale about rushing to approve a vaccine for COVID-19.

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The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement has announced this year’s recipients of the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award. The annual honor recognizes community members who exemplify a character of service and engagement with the St. Louis region.

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Research Wire

Abhinav Jha, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and collaborators have combined their expertise to develop a framework to more precisely determine tumor boundaries in positron emission tomography (PET) scans, using physics and artificial intelligence. Results are published online in Physics in Medicine & Biology.

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