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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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Students tackle anthropology of COVID-19

Undergraduates in the class “Anthropology of Infectious Diseases” in Arts & Sciences presented their findings during a remote symposium last month. It was the last gathering for students in a course that became far more consequential than anyone could have predicted.

Obesity prevented in mice after gene disabling

Disabling a gene in specific mouse cells, School of Medicine researchers have prevented mice from becoming obese, even after the animals had been fed a high-fat diet. Researchers blocked the activity of a gene in macrophages, key inflammatory cells.

Annual Sam Fox School fashion show goes virtual

Each year since 1929, Washington University students have organized a fully choreographed fashion design show. On Saturday, May 9, the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts will present the 91st Annual Fashion Design Show on Youtube and Instagram TV.

Leadership change in store at energy center

Himadri Pakrasi, founding director of the International Center for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (InCEES) at the university, will conclude his tenure as director, effective July 1. David Fike, who has been associate director, will serve as interim InCEES director.

Ask the WashU Doctors: tips for staying healthy

In the latest “Ask the WashU Doctors,” Steven Lawrence, MD, and Cheri LeBlanc, MD, share advice about how to maintain your and your family’s health, from visiting the emergency room for non-COVID medical care to scheduling wellness exams.

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Campus Announcements

ASAP artist grants available

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts have announced a new effort to support creative workers in the St. Louis area who are facing significant financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

WashU in the News

Here’s how Italians ‘quaranteamed’ 700 years ago


Based on catastrophic sports losses so far, losing college and pro football could devastate the economy


The challenges of pivoting to online classes

U.S. News & World Report

From emergency ventilators to intubation hoods, local makers find new purpose during COVID-19

St. Louis Magazine

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Campus Voices

‘White supremacists’ dangerous new conspiracy theory’

Flora Cassen, associate professor in Arts & Sciences, writes an opinion piece published in Haaretz, saying that as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world, the dark web has filled with conspiracy theories accusing Jews of triggering it.

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The Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship recently announced winners of two major competitions and awarded more than $70,000 to startups founded by WashU students and alumni.

University Libraries has selected the winners of the 2020 Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. The competition offers prizes to both undergraduate and graduate students who write short essays about their personal book collections.

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