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Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020

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New insight into how brain neurons influence choices

By studying animals choosing between drink options, School of Medicine researchers found that the activity of certain neurons in the brain leads directly to choosing one option over another. The findings could improve our understanding of decision-making.

Researchers devise method to better measure lead

Researchers in the lab of Daniel Giammar at the McKelvey School of Engineering have devised a simple, quick and inexpensive way to quantify how much lead is trapped by a water filter.

Faculty adapt performing arts for a pandemic

Instructors in the Performing Arts Department in Arts & Sciences have embraced new technology in their courses to teach effectively amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty are also reminding students that constraints can foster greater creativity.

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Campus Announcements

Applications open for Global Impact Award

Applications are open for the Global Impact Award competition, which awards up to $50,000 to Washington University students, postdoctoral researchers and recent alumni whose ventures are scalable and sustainable with a broad impact. Applications for the 2020-21 award cycle close Nov. 30.

The View From Here

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WashU in the News

In voting cases, Chief Justice Roberts is alone but in control

The New York Times

How frigid lizards falling from trees revealed the reptiles’ growing cold tolerance

Science News

Washington U. seeking up to 500 St. Louis area residents for COVID-19 vaccine trial


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Toast of WU, one of three Toastmasters clubs at Washington University, attained Toastmasters International’s president’s distinguished level, the highest performance level achievable. In addition, some members achieved awards and served in Toastmasters leadership roles for the St. Louis district. 

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: Washington University’s Mail & Receiving Services is an important part of on-campus living and working. How many pieces of incoming U.S. Postal Service mail does Mail Services collect, process and distribute each year?
A) 5,000 B) 50,000 C) 500,000 D) 5 million

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