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Friday, July 31, 2020

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University announces plans for fall semester

The university today announced its plans for the start of the next academic year, which begins in August and September. Details include offering hybrid instruction, reducing campus density and required public health measures such as face masks and physical distancing.

Alzheimer’s protein in blood indicates early brain changes

Researchers at the School of Medicine have shown that levels of a specific protein in the blood rise as amyloid plaques form in the brain. The discovery could pave the way toward a blood-based test to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms appear.

Lab-made virus mimics COVID-19 virus

To help efforts to find drugs and vaccines for COVID-19, researchers at the School of Medicine developed a hybrid virus that will enable more scientists to enter the fight against the pandemic. The researchers genetically modified a mild virus.

Higher purpose promotes happiness, survey finds

Having a personal higher purpose promotes well-being, more happiness and even lower stress from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings from a new survey by two Olin Business School researchers.

WashU Expert on skipping generational distinctions

A linguistic expert from Arts & Sciences said it’s time to nix the generational mindset in business. John Baugh participated in an elite 15-member committee that recently announced its findings on generational categorizing.

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WashU in the News

Early in pandemic, frantic doctors traded tips across oceans

The Associated Press

‘The mom shame is so real’: There’s no way to win in the pandemic

The Lily (The Washington Post)

Study unveils how the process of wound healing begins

Tech Explorist

Sensors for detecting COVID-19 viral particles seeping inside N95 masks and surging in patient rooms

HEC Media

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Genevieve Hitzeman, university benefactor, 89

in memoriam graphicGenevieve “Jane” Reuter Hitzeman, who with her late husband, Herbert F. Hitzeman Jr., was a longtime supporter of Washington University, died July 11 at Brookdale West County Senior Living in Ballwin, Mo. She was 89.

Campus Voices

‘Why Donald Trump’s order to end China Fulbright exchange is dangerous’

James V. Wertsch (left), director emeritus of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, and Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton write an op-ed in the South China Morning Post criticizing President Donald Trump’s order to end the Fulbright scholar exchange program with China. They say that, as COVID-19 has made clear, “global cooperation is needed to solve problems that threaten the future of humankind.”

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Jason Purnell, associate professor at the Brown School, has been named vice president of community health improvement at BJC HealthCare. He will remain on the Brown School faculty.

The Society for College and University Planning recently honored Washington University’s East End Transformation with its Excellence in Planning Honor for a district of campus component.

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Who Knew WashU?

Green wall in Kuehner CourtQuestion: One of the impressive new spaces that opened last fall is Kuehner Court in the Sam Fox School. How many different plant species make up the 30-foot green wall?
Answer: C) The green wall consists of 10 species and more than 5,000 total plants.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Micah Zeller, who works in University Libraries and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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