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Friday, June 12, 2020

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COVID-19 mouse model will speed search for drugs

Scientists at the School of Medicine have developed a mouse model of COVID-19 that is expected to speed up the search for drugs and vaccines for the potentially deadly disease.

Study: stay-at-home policies to be relaxed before peak

Relaxing stay-at-home social and business policies will be accompanied by increases in the infection rate, and the race for a vaccine will lose its value to Big Pharma. Those are the main findings of a study by economists in Arts & Sciences and elsewhere.

Method provides new look at amyloid proteins

A new technique developed in a McKelvey School of Engineering lab measures the orientation of single molecules. It is providing nanoscale details about the structures of amyloid proteins, which could give new insights into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Scientists generate stem cells that form human placenta

Scientists at the School of Medicine have developed a way to guide human stem cells into becoming important precursor cells that give rise to the placenta. The cells could help scientists understand miscarriage or preeclampsia.

How to build better highways in plants

Ram Dixit’s biology lab in Arts & Sciences has continued its research into the track system of plants. The team’s latest findings on the Arabidopsis Fragile Fiber 1 motor protein are published in The Plant Cell journal.

WashU Expert explains push to ‘defund police’

Some activists are calling on cities to defund their police departments. But what does that really mean? Robert Motley, manager of the university’s Race & Opportunity Lab, explained that it’s more of a reallocation of funds for public safety and health.

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10–11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 17

In St. Louis: ‘Story of Change’

4 p.m. Wednesday, June 17

A Conversation With Jim McKelvey

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Social Photo of the Week

A reflection from our virtual vigil

WashU in the News

If a company is serious about racial pay equity, what should it do?


The office elevator in COVID-19 times: Experts weigh in on safer ups and downs


The history of police brutality against black people in America


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Denise Saim, longtime engineering staff member, 64

in memoriam graphicDenise Saim, who had worked at the McKelvey School of Engineering since October 1993, died suddenly May 26 at her home of an apparent heart attack. She was 64. She worked in Undergraduate Engineering Student Services.

Campus Voices

On the front lines: Jay Piccirillo

Otolaryngologist Jay Piccirillo, MD, professor of otolaryngology at the School of Medicine, discusses the loss of smell and/or taste that is sometimes associated with the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Jennifer A. Wambach, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Newborn Medicine at the School of Medicine, has received the Robert B. Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society Pediatric Assembly.

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Research Wire

Xiang Tang, professor of mathematics and of physics in Arts & Sciences, has received a $252,305 grant from the National Science Foundation. The overall goal of the research is a clearer and more powerful understanding of the algebraic and functional analytic foundations of a method called the hypoelliptic Laplacian and its applications.

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Who Knew WashU?

“Cosmic Filaments” artworkQuestion: Which artist created “Cosmic Filaments,” an iridescent work commissioned for permanent display in the Kemper Art Museum lobby, which reopened last fall?
Answer: D) Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno created the work, a gravity-defying piece that alternately suggests bubbles, spider webs and other natural phenomena.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Gina Jerome, a staff scientist in neurology at the School of Medicine, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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