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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

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Caution urged in interpreting COVID-19 antibody tests

Blood tests for antibodies against the COVID-19 virus are becoming more available, but no test is perfectly reliable, so results must be carefully interpreted, School of Medicine experts say.

Raising minimum wage ‘not a good idea’ amid crisis

If minimum-wage increases are ahead for some states, a study led by researchers in Olin Business School suggests some positive and negative effects for U.S. workers in the two years after implementation.

University announces 2020 College Prep scholars

The university has admitted 50 rising high school sophomores to the College Prep Program, a multiyear initiative that prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college. Due to COVID-19, summer programming will move online.

Scientific legacy sheds light on cell identity

A School of Medicine study reveals key details of how zebrafish regrow a severed tail fin. The research also demonstrates how a late scientist’s legacy continues contributing to the field of regenerative medicine.

WashU Expert on Trump, Twitter and free speech

Constitutional law expert Greg Magarian said President Donald Trump appears to have no understanding of free speech after the president threatened to shut down Twitter. The social media giant has flagged some of the president’s tweets and offered links to more information.

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Campus Announcements

Affordable mental health care for employees and their children

In addition to the physical effects of COVID-19, threats to mental health should not be discounted. To support the university community during these stressful times, the WashUDirect Psychiatry service offers convenient, affordable mental health care for employees and their children.

WashU in the News

Front-line doctors face a mental health crisis amid coronavirus

ABC News

The rural/urban divide; safe summer activities


Disruptive protests can be effective, expert says

Los Angeles Times

Coronavirus has changed the way we work, but it probably won’t kill office culture

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘Black in the time of quarantine’

Olivia J. Williams, a rising junior in Arts & Sciences, writes an essay published in The Common Reader, the university’s online literary journal, about the experience of being part of a black family during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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William Acree, associate professor of Spanish in Arts & Sciences and associate director of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, has won a Best Book Award from the 19th Century Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

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Research Wire

Arpita Bose, assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, received a more than $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to better understand the molecular underpinnings of the process in which photoautotrophic microbes convert electricity and carbon dioxide into sustainable biofuels.

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