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Friday, Aug. 14, 2020

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Four steps to a healthy WashU community

This fall, each and every member of the Washington University community who will be on campus will be required to follow four steps — public health measures that must be completed by students, faculty and staff individually, but will have an impact globally.

Wrighton named inaugural Wertsch Professor

Chancellor Emeritus Mark S. Wrighton has been named the James and Mary Wertsch Distinguished University Professor. The professorship recognizes Wrighton’s accomplishments as both a university leader and a scholar in the field of chemistry.

Immunotherapy-resistant cancers eliminated in mouse study

In a mouse study, School of Medicine researchers have found that an antibody that targets the protein TREM2 empowers tumor-destroying immune cells and improves the effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy.

A method for noninvasive diagnosis of brain cancer

Researchers at Washington University are developing a method to diagnose brain tumors using ultrasonic energy — and no incisions. Lead researcher Hong Chen has received $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to pursue further study.

WashU Expert: Pandemic lessons from 2-1-1

There have been more than 3.5 million requests for assistance to 2-1-1 help lines around the United States since the coronavirus pandemic hit this spring. The impact was immediate and dramatic, said the Brown School’s Matthew Kreuter.

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Campus Announcements

2,000 volunteers needed to evaluate rapid COVID-19 saliva test

Washington University is seeking 2,000 university employees or students to volunteer next week for a study to evaluate the feasibility of large-scale, rapid COVID-19 saliva testing.

WashU in the News

Regular bricks can be transformed into energy storage devices


WashU researchers genetically engineer coronavirus lookalike

St. Louis Public Radio

Two Washington U. doctors lead national effort to study new COVID-19 treatment

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘McConnell’s “liability shield” is a weapon aimed at COVID-19 victims’

The School of Law’s Daniel Epps co-writes an op-ed published in Washington Monthly criticizing legislation proposed in Congress that would restrict lawsuits against businesses and employers from people who are exposed to COVID-19. “The bill’s complex procedural requirements make any hope of accountability impossible,” they write.

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Lila Solnica-Krezel, at the School of Medicine, has been elected president of the International Zebrafish Society. She is a world leader in using zebrafish as a model organism to study the earliest stages of vertebrate development.

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Research Wire

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $3.3 million grant to Lori Setton, at the McKelvey School of Engineering, and Simon Tang, at the School of Medicine. Their research team will work to better understand what might be behind the pain in intervertebral disc degeneration, a common cause of age-related back pain.

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Who Knew WashU?

Danforth University CenteQuestion: When was the Danforth University Center (DUC), now a central gathering place on campus, formally dedicated?
Answer: D) The DUC, named for Chancellor Emeritus William H. Danforth and his late wife, Elizabeth (“Ibby”) Gray Danforth, was dedicated in April 2009.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Tim Bono, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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