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Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020

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Experimental COVID-19 vaccine promising in mice

Researchers at the School of Medicine have created a COVID-19 vaccine candidate from a replicating virus. This experimental vaccine has proven effective at preventing pneumonia in mice infected with the COVID-19 virus.

Aging memories may not be ‘worse,’ just ‘different’

A study from the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences adds nuance to the idea that an aging memory is a poor one and finds a potential correlation between the way people process the boundaries of events and episodic memory.

WashU Spaces: Seigle Hall L004

Hyflex courses. Synchronous learning. PTZ cameras. In the latest installation of WashU Spaces, Tom Furby, at the Center for Teaching and Learning, shows off the educational technology that will support students whether they are in the classroom or around the globe.

Clinical trial focuses on overactive immune response

School of Medicine researchers are investigating whether a drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat rare diseases of an overactive immune system could help critically ill patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Building the power plant of the future

The federal Office of Fossil Energy has granted researchers at the McKelvey School of Engineering nearly $7 million to refine a new power plant that’s suitable for fossil fuels and renewables — and will emit almost no carbon.

Zeroing out their own zap

African fish called mormyrids communicate using pulses of electricity. New research from biologists in Arts & Sciences shows that a time-shifted signal in the brain helps the fish to ignore their own pulse.

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4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20

‘Of Brains and Chips’ lecture

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WashU in the News

Struggling to focus? How to improve your attention span when ‘the world is sick’


Without college football, many other sports will be on the chopping block


The 1918 flu faded in our collective memory: We might ‘forget’ the coronavirus, too

Scientific American

WashU student leads an effort making masks for children

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

Can boosting the immune system work against COVID-19?

This episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast details research findings that patients with COVID-19 often develop weakened rather than hyperactive immunity in response to the coronavirus.

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Washington University recently was selected to receive an Environmental Protection Agency 2020 Pollution Prevention Award. The EPA recognized the university for its installation of low-flow shower heads in residential housing; new energy and lighting retrofits; and improved training and internal policies to minimize chemical spills and leaks.

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Research Wire

Caitlyn Collins (left) and Adia Harvey Wingfield, both of the Department of Sociology in Arts & Sciences, each recently wrote an editorial published in Science. Collins discussed gender equity in scientific research amid COVID-19, while Wingfield wrote about the impact of racial disparities in health care.

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