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Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

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Research to focus on brain inflammation in Parkinson’s

Researchers at the School of Medicine have received a $3.2 million grant to study the role of brain inflammation in Parkinson’s disease. The project focuses on whether inflammation aids the spread of Parkinson’s damage throughout the brain.

High school chemistry with a real-world focus

Michael Wysession and Bryn Lutes, both in Arts & Sciences, helped write a national chemistry curriculum that is loaded with real-world examples — like ocean acidification — and is already being rolled out by some school districts in California.

Juba receives NSF award for artificial intelligence research

Brendan Juba at the McKelvey School of Engineering will take a close look at relationships and generalization in artificial intelligence with a National Science Foundation CAREER award.

Crisis response fund assists students, employees this fall

The university’s crisis response fund will continue to support employees affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Applications for assistance open Monday, Oct. 12, and will remain open through Oct. 30. The fund already has distributed support this fall to student applicants.

WashU Expert on plexiglass, airflow and debates

As long as debaters are at least 4 1/2 feet apart, with airflow directed back at them, the risk of infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimal, McKelvey School of Engineering researchers said. But distance and masking remain best practices.

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Campus Announcements

College Prep Program accepting nominations

Washington University’s College Prep Program is accepting nominations for the next cohort of its innovative college readiness initiative. The nomination deadline is Oct. 30.

Social Photo of the Week

#WashUpets: meet Lola

WashU in the News

Amid historic race, voters of color wrestle with Harris’ personal and political identities

PBS NewsHour

William Danforth, who led Washington University, dies at 94

The New York Times

Boosting your baby’s bugs

U.S. News & World Report

Former Washington University researcher part of trio awarded Nobel Prize in Medicine


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Sherri Stichling, Brown School staff member, 60

Sherri Stichling photoSherri Stichling, payroll and accounts specialist at the Brown School, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 30. She was 60. Stichling recently was recognized for 40 years of service, having started working at the university in the spring of 1980.

Campus Voices

‘Racial Violence, Legacies and Reckoning’

Ashley Jackson, a PhD student at the Brown School, wrote on the University Libraries blog recently about her online interactive research project, “Mapping Historical Police Violence in St. Louis,” which used ACLU of Missouri content housed at Olin Library’s Julian Edison Special Collections.

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The Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine has named pediatricians Vikas Dharnidharka, MD (left), and Margaret Lozovatsky, MD, to the newly created roles of vice chair of clinical investigation and vice chair of clinical informatics, respectively.

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Research Wire

A team of McKelvey School of Engineering aerosol scientists led by Randall Martin, along with Pratim Biswas, plans to work with colleagues at other institutions to establish a global network of networks that will collect real-time air quality data and develop ways to solve air pollution with a five-year $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

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Who Knew WashU?

Biden and Palin photoQuestion: 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 viewers?
C) The 2008 vice presidential debate between Joe Biden and Sarah Palin had the most viewers, with about 69.9 million. It was also the first time that WashU hosted a vice presidential debate.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Rebecca Lin, a student at the School of Medicine, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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