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Friday, Sept. 25, 2020

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University begins work to examine public safety

Washington University has begun a process to examine public safety and policing on the Danforth Campus and in nearby neighborhoods. As an important first step, a committee comprising students, faculty, staff and alumni has been formed to lead this critical work.

Medical students begin amid pandemic, new curriculum

This fall, 105 aspiring physicians are beginning medical school amid a global pandemic. Their entrance also marks the debut of the Gateway Curriculum, the first overhaul of the School of Medicine’s program of studies in more than two decades.

Replacing Justice Ginsburg

Legal experts at Washington University weigh in on where President Donald Trump’s top picks to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court would fall ideologically as well as why the nomination system needs to change.

Consumers weigh in on funding climate action

A new study involving an Arts & Sciences researcher finds consumers across the United States and in some European countries are ready to start paying for climate action now.

Student health ambassadors promote safe practices

The university’s Student Health Ambassador program is a new peer-to-peer initiative designed to protect students from the spread of COVID-19. Students are dispatched to remind their peers to wear masks and to confirm they completed their daily health screenings.

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4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25

‘Border South’ film Q&A

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Social Photo of the Week

Fall in love with campus all over again

WashU in the News

Roberts will struggle to hold center as court’s makeup shifts

Bloomberg Law

FDA poised to announce tougher standards for COVID-19 vaccine that make one unlikely by Election Day

The Washington Post

These Confederate statues were removed; but where did they go?

NBC News

New model puts math to work to make sports venues safer in coronavirus era

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘Rushing a COVID-19 vaccine risks leaving behind the people most at risk’

Matifadza Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, instructor at the School of Medicine, writes an opinion piece in Newsweek about the effectiveness of hurrying a COVID-19 vaccine amid the health disparities and racism in American health care.

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The Washington University Danforth Staff Council has added 13 new members and elected its executive officers for the academic year. The chair is Alan Beck, of the Brown School, and the co-chair is Kelly Wiese Niemeyer, of the Office of Public Affairs.

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Research Wire

The Center of Regenerative Medicine at the School of Medicine has received a five-year $1.2 million training grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to create an interdisciplinary program to train postdoctoral fellows in regenerative medicine.

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Who Knew WashU?

study cubbies in Graham ChapelQuestion: The university has made a number of changes in response to COVID-19 to keep faculty, staff and students safe this year. How many individual cubbies have been installed on the Danforth Campus?
Answer: D) Some 1,200 cubbies are sprinkled in three new walled tents and in 15 different buildings on campus, Graham Chapel among them, providing safe spaces for attending Zoom classes, studying or eating.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Andrew Carver, who works in Information Technology and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

Learn more about safe study spaces at WashU  →

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