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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020

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Rice earns Nobel for discoveries at School of Medicine

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded Oct. 5 to three scientists for groundbreaking research that led to the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. One of them, virologist Charles M. Rice, conducted his seminal work while on the faculty at the School of Medicine.

University contributed $2.7 billion to local economy

Washington University made a big impact on the St. Louis economy in fiscal year 2019, spending $2.7 billion in the region. The university also continued to draw talent and research dollars to the region, provide exceptional patient care and support local schools and community organizations. 

Developmental disabilities focus of $11.3M in grants

School of Medicine researchers have received renewed National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center. The center’s researchers study genetic and environmental factors that contribute to developmental disabilities.

Hengen to study sleep and brain function

Biologist Keith Hengen in Arts & Sciences received a three-year $1.8 million grant to study the role of sleep and waking behavior in shaping the brain’s neural dynamics. His research will help scientists understand how sleep contributes to healthy cognition.

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7:30–9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7

Vice presidential debate virtual watch party

8:30–10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

McDonnell Academy global town hall

Noon Thursday, Oct. 8

Reflections: Remember & Recommit

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Campus Announcements

Take part in people’s ecochallenge during October

The Office of Sustainability invites members of the university community to take part in the people’s ecochallenge today through Oct. 28. Join the WashU team and take individual actions in areas such as waste, energy, health and justice.

Washington People

Aaron Keen

Aaron Keen

No one could have foreseen a fall without football when Aaron Keen was named head coach last January. But the 1994 WashU graduate is tackling the challenge of his first season head on, with resiliency and a positive mental attitude learned under his friend and mentor, Larry Kindbom.

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WashU in the News

A senior’s lifetime experiences help generate resilience to pandemic trauma


Some colleges and universities look to re-up their commitment to Black studies


Liberals weigh jurisdiction stripping to rein in Supreme Court

Bloomberg Businessweek

Two JAMA studies shed new light on drug use during pregnancy

The Post and Courier

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Campus Voices

Podcast explains making of a fast, accurate COVID-19 saliva test

This episode of the School of Medicine’s “Show Me the Science” podcast focuses on a saliva test developed by medical school scientists to detect the virus that causes COVID-19.

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John Whitaker, a master’s candidate in landscape architecture and advanced architectural design at the Sam Fox School, has won an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Whitaker took top honors in the general design category of the ASLA’s annual Student Awards competition.

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Research Wire

Matthew Bersi, assistant professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, received a three-year $750,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the role of the cadherin-11 protein in the mechanical injury of blood vessels after a heart attack and how cells respond to promote disease.

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: In past election cycles, Washington University has regularly served as the host for a debate. Which of these debates held on campus had the most TV viewers?
A) The 1992 presidential debate between George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Ross Perot
B) The 2004 presidential debate between George W. Bush and John Kerry
C) The 2008 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin
D) The 2016 presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

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