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Friday, Aug. 28, 2020

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University develops COVID-19 saliva test

The School of Medicine has developed a saliva-based test for COVID-19 that is faster and easier than the swab tests currently in use. Developed in collaboration with the biotechnology company Fluidigm, the test could help simplify and expand the availability of COVID-19 diagnostic testing.

Reimagining public health in aftermath of COVID-19

COVID-19 caught public health systems in the U.S. unprepared to detect, track and contain the virus. The pandemic has exposed a multitude of deficiencies that require a wholesale reinvention of the field of public health, said four leading experts in a recent essay.

Which groups should get vaccinated first?

In this age of coronavirus, with vaccine experimentation moving at historic pace to the clinical trials phase, the ideal inoculation policy would emphasize age more than work-exposure risk, according to a study involving economists from Arts & Sciences.

Henriksen lands CAREER grant to chase electron effects

The behavior of electrons determines the fundamental properties of any material, such as its ability to conduct electricity. Erik Henriksen in Arts & Sciences takes advantage of strange-but-true qualities of graphene to search for correlated motion of electrons.

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Campus Announcements

Forsyth road work set for Sept. 1-2

The city of Clayton will be resurfacing Forsyth Boulevard between Wrighton Way and Big Bend on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 1 and 2. Access to Danforth Campus lots and garages will be affected, and the campus circulator and West Campus shuttles won’t operate during the work.

Social Photo of the Week

WashU’s Got Talent: #WashU19 alum Zac Rose performs

WashU in the News

The Pentagon’s latest cyborg insect: locust bomb sniffers


In St. Louis, Dred Scott’s great-great-granddaughter honors his legacy

NBC (Today)

The pandemic is influencing women’s perinatal or postpartum depression and anxiety

St. Louis Magazine

COVID-19 vaccine trials at SLU and WashU recruit St. Louis area residents

HEC Media

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Robert L. Williams II, founding director of Black Studies program, 90

Robert Williams IIRobert L. Williams II, professor emeritus of psychological and brain sciences and founding director of the university’s Black Studies program (now the Department of African & African-American Studies) in Arts & Sciences, died Aug. 12. He was 90.

Campus Voices

Why the humanities are integral to the university’s Climate Change Program

Beth Martin, interim director of the university’s Climate Change Program, writes in Missouri Humanities Magazine about how the humanities can help answer big questions of those who work in climate change, such as ‘How are we understanding each other?’ and ‘What are our individual and collective responsibilities?’

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Raman Malhotra, MD, associate professor of neurology at the School of Medicine, has been elected president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, a professional society dedicated to sleep medicine. He will serve as president-elect this year and take over as president in 2021.

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Research Wire

The McKelvey School of Engineering’s Rajan Chakrabarty and Jian Wang received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for aerosol research. Chakrabarty will work to improve existing measurement methodologies and algorithms for estimating aerosol light absorption and associated atmospheric warming. Wang aims to further our understanding of the impacts of aerosols on convective clouds.

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Who Knew WashU?

Mona Van Duyn photoQuestion: The first woman to be appointed U.S. poet laureate served on the faculty at WashU. Who was she?
Answer: D) Mona Van Duyn. A former instructor and a Visiting Hurst Professor of English in Arts & Sciences, Van Duyn served as poet laureate from 1992-93.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Amanda Willenborg, who works in the Department of Pediatrics and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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