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Friday, Dec. 4, 2020

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New tech can get oxygen, fuel from Mars’ salty water

A new electrolysis system that makes use of briny water could provide astronauts on Mars with life-supporting oxygen and fuel for the ride home, according to the McKelvey School of Engineering’s Vijay Ramani, whose team developed the system.

Construction progresses on neuroscience building

The School of Medicine’s eastern border will look strikingly different in 2023, when the 11-story neuroscience research building is complete. At this point, more than 106 drilled concrete piers have been poured, and the interior columns and floor in the basement’s western half are complete.

In fire-prone West, plants, pollinators need each other

A new study from the northern Rockies explores the role of fire in the finely tuned dance between plants and their pollinators. The research from biologists including Jonathan Myers in Arts & Sciences is published in the Journal of Ecology.

University to offer genetic counseling master’s program

The School of Medicine is offering a new master’s program in genetic counseling, a field that has been growing in importance as genetic testing becomes more common. The first round of applications for the program is due Dec. 15. Classes will begin in fall 2021.

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Campus Announcements

Update on spring international travel

Washington University’s International Travel Oversight Committee recently updated international travel policies, which will extend through the upcoming spring 2021 semester.

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WashU in the News

Can you repeat that? Hearing trouble more obvious with masks

The Associated Press

The U.S. fight against climate change has to start at its center: the Midwest


COVID-19 cases in U.S. could reach 20 million by January, WashU researchers report

St. Louis Public Radio

Do-good investing is gaining ground fast. Trump’s Labor Department wants to slow it down

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Campus Voices

‘When class conflict met queer romance’

Eileen G’Sell, senior lecturer in writing in Arts & Sciences, writes on the Hyperallergic website a review of the film “Ammonite,” which explores the life and work of 19th-century British paleontologist Mary Anning.

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“All the Flowers Kneeling,” the debut collection by Paul Tran, a senior poetry fellow in the Writing Program in Arts & Sciences, will be published by Penguin Books as part of the Penguin Poets Series. Tran’s work has appeared in The New Yorker and Poetry magazine, among many others.

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