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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020

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Boosting immune system a potential treatment

New research from the School of Medicine suggests that the immune systems of seriously ill COVID-19 patients can’t do enough to protect them from the virus. The researchers propose that boosting the activity of immune cells may be a good treatment strategy.

New course explores COVID-19 pandemic

Arts & Sciences will offer undergraduates across all schools a new interdisciplinary course, “The Pandemic: Science and Society.” The intensive three-week course, which starts Aug. 17, will allow students to learn about the pandemic as it unfolds. Chancellor Andrew D. Martin will be among the speakers.

University, St. Louis County to conduct COVID-19 survey

The university’s Institute for Public Health, the St. Louis County Department of Public Health and other collaborators are conducting a survey of 5,000 St. Louis County residents and offering COVID-19 testing to gauge the prevalence of, and risk factors for, the illness.

Storing energy in red bricks

Red bricks — some of the world’s cheapest and most familiar building materials — can be converted into energy storage units that can be charged to hold electricity, like a battery, according to new research from chemists in Arts & Sciences.

Social work’s role for LGBTQ people in China

As China’s government seeks solutions to social problems related to an evolving society, professional social work is increasingly entering new areas and is poised to take on a larger role in assisting LGBTQ people, say two experts from the Brown School.

WashU Expert on journalism in Vietnam era and today

Richard Chapman of Arts & Sciences, executive producer of “Dateline-Saigon,” discusses the documentary, the dangers journalists faced during the early years of the Vietnam War, and lessons for contemporary reporters and readers.

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WashU in the News

Square co-founder: Innovations are coming faster in this environment


New research shows how sleep could ward off Alzheimer’s disease


The whole concept of ‘unlawful assembly’ is a mess

The Atlantic

Major college football programs could lose billions from canceled season

Fox Business

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Campus Voices

‘Losing touch’

Sapna Kudchadkar, an Arts & Sciences alumna and pediatric intensive-care doctor, shares a front-line perspective of the fight against COVID-19, as both a physician and a patient.

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Louis Damani Jones, an incoming Brown School student, has been appointed to the board of directors of Catholic Charities of St. Louis. A research assistant with the Center for Social Development, Jones works within the center’s Financial Capability and Asset Building Initiative.

A paper by Olin Business School’s Hillary Anger Elfenbein and Bill Bottom, along with then-doctoral candidate Daisung Jang, recently was awarded the International Association for Conflict Management Article of the Year for 2018.

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Research Wire

Leopoldo J. Cabassa, associate professor and co-director of the Center for Mental Health Services Research at the Brown School, has received a five-year $2.2 million training grant renewal from the National Institute of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: When was the Danforth University Center, now a central gathering place on campus, formally dedicated?
A) 1989 B) 1996 C) 2004 D) 2009

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