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Friday, Sept. 11, 2020

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COVID-19 course explores virus’s impact on society

More than 1,200 students enrolled in “The Pandemic: Science and Society,” an online two-credit course featuring experts from across disciplines and across the country. The entire university may benefit from the lessons learned.

Food insecurity and schools during the pandemic

As schools across the country begin to welcome students back in person or for virtual learning, equity must be at the forefront of decisions pertaining to school emergency food services, finds a new study from the Brown School.

Study provides insight on building a better flu vaccine

Researchers led by the School of Medicine have developed an approach to assess whether a vaccine activates the kind of immune cells needed for long-lasting immunity against new influenza strains.

‘Uncontrollable Blackness’

In his book, “Uncontrollable Blackness: African American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York,” historian Douglas Flowe in Arts & Sciences investigates the meanings of crime, violence and masculinity in the lives of those facing economic isolation, segregation and overt racial attack.

How regulations meant to increase poor, minority lending ultimately backfire

New Olin Business School research has exposed a significant increase in poor customer service, fraud and mis-selling by retail banks in low- to moderate-income areas targeted by the Community Reinvestment Act, especially those with a high minority population.

Genetic mutations may be linked to infertility

School of Medicine scientists have identified a gene that plays an important role in fertility across multiple species. The findings could have implications for understanding human infertility and early menopause.

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Campus Announcements

Flags planted in honor of victims of 9/11

In honor of the 19th anniversary of 9/11, members of the Washington University College Republicans will plant 2,977 flags — one for each victim of the deadly attacks — on Mudd Field on the Danforth Campus. The university also will lower the American flag over Brookings Hall and ring the bells of Graham Chapel.

Enter global town hall photo contest

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy will hold a virtual global town hall Oct. 8. In preparation, it is hosting a photo contest, seeking images of how people are adapting and thriving and what gives them hope. WashU faculty, staff and students can submit entries by Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Social Photo of the Week

#WashUtogether, ready for fall

WashU in the News

The underdog coronavirus vaccines that the world will need if front runners stumble


Vaccine-makers promise safety amid shaky public confidence in COVID developments


Augmented reality could be the geology classroom’s killer app

Ars Technica

Gena Gunn McClendon on fighting voter suppression

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Campus Voices

‘Finding hope through our WashU community’

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin reflects on his blog about this unprecedented season of life while remaining hopeful and grateful because of the strength of the Washington University community.

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The Society for Economic Botany awarded Gayle J. Fritz in Arts & Sciences its 2020 Mary W. Klinger Book Award for “Feeding Cahokia.” The book emphasizes the importance of native crops that were domesticated by America’s first farmers long before corn became a staple food in what is now the U.S. Midwest.

Robert W. Gereau IV, the Dr. Seymour and Rose T. Brown Professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Anesthesiology at the School of Medicine, has received the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Research Wire

Jeffrey M. Zacks, associate chair and professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences and professor of radiology at the School of Medicine, received a four-year $250,000 grant from the James S. McDonnell Foundation to study event cognition “in the wild.”

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