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Monday, Aug. 31, 2020

Top Stories

African Americans with autism experience delays in diagnosis

African American children affected by autism spectrum disorder typically face longer delays in diagnosis than white children. A study from School of Medicine researchers explores those obstacles and the high stakes of health disparities.

COVID-19 studies should continue without stopping breastfeeding, researchers say

It is not easy to conduct human milk research during a pandemic. Yet, despite the lack of quality evidence for transmission of viral RNA from breast milk, some leaders are altering public health and clinical practice guidance, according to E.A. Quinn in Arts & Sciences.

Study finds income, job rut for millions in U.S.

A big-data study of loan-to-value ratios in the wake of the 2007-08 recession carries a cautionary forecast for economic weather ahead: The higher that workers’ outstanding mortgages are relative to home value, the worse their future income growth and job mobility.

Using light’s properties to see inside a cell membrane

Using properties of light from fluorescent probes is at the heart of a new imaging technique developed at the McKelvey School of Engineering that allows for an unprecedented look inside cell membranes.

Study suggests Earth may have always been wet

A new study finds that Earth’s water may have come from materials that were present in the inner solar system at the time the planet formed. The research co-authored by physicist Lionel Vacher in Arts & Sciences is published in Science.

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Campus Announcements

Call for proposals: racial equity cluster hire

A call for proposals is now open for academic units interested in welcoming to their schools or departments one of the 12 new faculty members being hired to focus on research regarding racial justice and equity.

Kemper Art Museum accepting reservations

While the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum remains closed to the general public due to COVID-19, the museum will be open to Washington University students, faculty and staff by appointment beginning Sept. 14.

WashU in the News

I don’t know if my relationship will survive the pandemic

The New York Times

College football means big money; black athletes stand at the intersection of risk and profit

NBC News

Washington University spit test approved by FDA for virus

The Associated Press | U.S. News & World Report

Do you have family photos on your desk? They might be keeping you honest

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

Folding@home enlists computers to ID COVID-19 treatment targets

This episode of the “Show Me the Science” podcast highlights an effort led by Washington University scientists to use computing power from around the world to identify vulnerabilities in the coronavirus.

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Derek Hoeferlin, chair of landscape architecture and urban design at the Sam Fox School, has been named a University Design Research Fellow for Exhibit Columbus 2020-21. Exhibit Columbus explores issues of design and community through the unique legacy of Columbus, Ind. — a small city with a national reputation as a showcase for modern art and architecture.

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Research Wire

Researchers including Crickette Sanz in Arts & Sciences published the first direct comparison of tool skill acquisition between two populations of chimpanzees. The study was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

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