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Friday, June 26, 2020

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Folding@home’s fight against COVID-19 enlists big tech, gamers, pro soccer

The crowdsourced supercomputing project Folding@home, based at the School of Medicine, shifted focus months ago to coronavirus research. Now, units at Washington University and elsewhere, individuals and companies have joined the effort.

Wingfield installed as Hemenway Professor

Adia Harvey Wingfield (right), a leading sociology expert in gender equity and racial inequality, has been installed as the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences.

Dust storms drive Martian chlorine cycle

New research from planetary scientists in Arts & Sciences shows that Martian dust storms drive the cycle of chlorine from surface to atmosphere and may shed light on the potential for finding life on Mars.

WashU Expert on coronavirus failures, policy

All of the issues surrounding COVID-19, from a lack of testing to ventilator shortages, trace back to a single legal stream, said Rachel Sachs, an expert on drug policy and health law. They all are related by law and policy.

WashU Expert on visa suspensions, unemployment

President Donald Trump issued a proclamation to suspend most visas through year’s end, saying it would protect jobs for unemployed Americans. But the industries most affected have relatively low unemployment, said business expert John Horn.

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Campus Announcements

Racial equity engagement sessions planned

The university community is invited to participate in a series of engagement sessions this summer focused on racial equity, and the steps we will take as a university to address systemic racism and the toll it has on our Black community in particular.

Athletics announces partnership with Nike, BSN Sports

Washington University Athletics has reached its first apparel deal in department history, signing an agreement with Nike and BSN Sports.

WashU in the News

This is pop culture’s moment of reckoning on matters of race


Could coronavirus cancel college sports?


In business, as in life, the greatest risk is doing nothing


COVID-19 specimen bank propels coronavirus research in St. Louis

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

‘The perils of lockdown living’

Sayed Qashou, a university fellow in comparative literature in Arts & Sciences, published a satirical piece about daily life during a pandemic in The New York Review of Books.

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Three members of the Washington University community have been selected by Focus St. Louis for the 45th Leadership St. Louis class. They are Betsy Abente, Rebecca Brown and Marilyn Wilson.

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Research Wire

David Patterson Silver Wolf, at the Brown School, is part of a two-year, $1 million grant that will create a data warehouse to improve outcomes and reduce costs for mental health and substance use treatment services in underserved rural areas of New York state.

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Who Knew WashU?

black students in Brookings HallQuestion: In what year was what’s now called the Department of African and African-American Studies in Arts & Sciences established?
Answer: B) 1969, in response to protests by what was then called the Association of Black Collegians. The organization called for formation of a Black studies program, among other things.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Connie Fahey, who works at Olin Business School and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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