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Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

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Over 60% of public schools are close to tobacco retailers

Across 30 major U.S. cities, an average of 63% of public schools are located within 1,000 feet — about two city blocks — of a store selling tobacco and e-cigarette products, according to a comprehensive new study mapping tobacco retailers.

Doctors discuss COVID-19 testing plan

Medical doctors at Washington University discuss the plan for COVID-19 testing on campus and healthy behaviors all must practice, such as wearing face masks and washing hands, to keep everyone safe.

Major weight loss alone has metabolic benefits

Gastric bypass surgery is the most effective therapy to treat or reverse type 2 diabetes in severely obese patients. New research from the School of Medicine indicates that weight loss after surgery, rather than the surgery itself, drives metabolic improvements.

The ABCs of art and politics

Acclaimed artist and author D.B. Dowd, professor at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, discusses art, politics and his new book, “A is for Autocrat.”

Meet the hedge fund managers of avian world

Carlos Botero in Arts & Sciences finds that parasitic birds living in more variable and unpredictable habitats tend to hedge their bets by laying eggs in the nests of a greater variety and number of hosts. The study is published in Nature Communications.

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Campus Announcements

‘Ask the Doctors’ town hall tonight

What type of face mask is most effective? Will classrooms and other campus spaces be safe for faculty and students this fall? Get answers to your questions during a special “Ask the Doctors” virtual town hall for the Danforth Campus community at 6 p.m.

Student parking permits available today

Graduate and undergraduate students (sophomores or higher) may purchase a Danforth Campus parking permit for the 2020-21 academic year starting at 10 a.m. today. Visit the parking permit page to make a purchase.

Washington People

Rob Morgan on adapting Beyond Boundaries

Rob Morgan on adapting Beyond Boundaries

Rob Morgan, in Arts & Sciences, shares the story of how he steered the Beyond Boundaries Program — in its first cohort in 2019-2020 — to roll with the challenges of COVID-19. Embracing resiliency and creativity, Morgan and the program pivoted, creating a podcast to bridge the digital divide.

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WashU in the News

Bringing up a baby — during a pandemic

Science Friday

Vaccines given through the nose could protect against infection


White House staging and Trump aides’ roles at RNC may violate ethics laws, experts say

Los Angeles Times

Joe Biden’s acceptance speech caps off an unusually faith-filled Democratic National Convention

Religion News Service

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Natalie Sorenson, engineering student, 18

in memoriam graphicNatalie Sorenson, a first-year student at the McKelvey School of Engineering, died May 5. She died as a result of emotional challenges during lockdown for COVID-19. Natalie Sorenson was 18.

Campus Voices

‘A COVID-19 vaccine, amazingly, is close. Why am I so worried?’

Michael Kinch, associate vice chancellor and director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery, writes an opinion piece in Stat about the race toward a COVID-19 vaccine and concerns that medical professionals are raising.

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Bradley Jolliff in Arts & Sciences, director of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences, has been awarded the 2020 Eugene Shoemaker Distinguished Scientist Medal by NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute, recognizing his significant contributions to planetary science.

John Lynch, MD, professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, has been named president of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Meanwhile, Katherine Henderson, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, has been named the hospital’s chief medical officer.

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: The first woman to be appointed U.S. poet laureate served on the faculty at WashU. Who was she?
A) Maya Angelou
B) Louise Glück
C) Sara Teasdale
D) Mona Van Duyn

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