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Friday, Sept. 4, 2020

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‘Class of COVID’: How faculty are preparing for the fall

This summer, hundreds of faculty imagined their courses anew with help from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Instructors studied best online pedagogy practices, created better assessments and learned technology tools.

COVID-19’s outsized effect on developmentally disabled

As students of all ages start a new school year, a segment of the population in desperate need of in-person supports often is overlooked in decision-making, warns a group of experts led by John N. Constantino, MD, at the School of Medicine.

Some may have mistimed optimal virus mitigation

A recent study from the Brown School provides the first explicit analysis of the timing, determinants and impacts of mitigation interventions for all states and Washington, D.C., during the pandemic’s first weeks.

Cochlear implants should be recommended more often

A committee of hearing experts has released a new set of recommendations emphasizing that cochlear implants should be offered to adults who have moderate to severe or worse hearing loss much more often than is current practice.

University partners with Indian Institute of Science

Washington University remains committed to strengthening global ties despite COVID-19. Last week, the university adopted a new partnership with the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru, India, a premier research university.

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Campus Announcements

Big Ideas COVID-19 competition open

The Healthcare Innovation Lab and the School of Medicine’s Institute for Informatics are holding a Big Ideas competition aimed at innovations in informatics and health-care delivery focused on COVID-19. The deadline is Sept. 30.

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#WashUpets is back

WashU in the News

Past vaccine disasters show why rushing a coronavirus vaccine now would be ‘colossally stupid’


What might be causing a false positive pregnancy test


The Earth may have been wet from the very start

Big Think

Why St. Louis scientists have their eyes on Mars

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

Chancellor discusses when university weighs in on public policy

Chancellor Andrew D. Martin writes on his blog about the process by which administrative leaders decide when the university will — or won’t — offer comments on matters of public policy. He said decisions are based on the mission of education, research and patient care as well as the WashU community’s interests.

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Saher Alam, an adjunct instructor in creative writing at University College, has received the Marion Horstmann Online Teaching Innovation Grant. The grant funds the development of outstanding online teaching and learning strategies.

Jonathan Barnes in Arts & Sciences was selected as one of 15 Young Investigators by the American Chemical Society’s Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering. The selection recognizes Barnes’ excellence in polymer research and marks him as an emerging leader in the field.

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Research Wire

Katharine Flores, professor of mechanical engineering and materials science at the McKelvey School of Engineering, has received a three-year $379,392 grant from the National Science Foundation to use artificial intelligence-based algorithms to identify which metal alloys are best to form metallic glasses.

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