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Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020

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Novel Alzheimer’s protein form indicates disease stage

School of Medicine researchers have discovered that a form of tau protein found in the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord indicates what stage of Alzheimer’s disease a person is in.

Increase in Head Start funding ‘a national priority’

Increased funding for Head Start, the largest federally funded early childhood program in the U.S., is needed to support families during the COVID-19 recession and to ensure a more stable economic recovery, according to research involving Caitlyn Collins in Arts & Sciences.

Bateman, Diamond, Hultgren named to National Academy of Inventors

School of Medicine neurologist Randall J. Bateman (left), virologist and immunologist Michael S. Diamond and microbiologist Scott Hultgren have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors.

New catalyst resolves hydrogen fuel cell issues

A multidisciplinary team including researchers led by Vijay Ramani at the McKelvey School of Engineering has found a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that is less expensive and longer-lasting than platinum.

WashU Expert on board diversity and shareholders

Olin Business School’s Todd Gormley discusses his research on efforts to increase gender diversity on governance boards through shareholder pressure as well as the impact of a new policy proposed by Nasdaq.

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8–10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 11

COVID-19 and impact investing

8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

Innate immunity and COVID-19 symposium

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WashU in the News

Why ‘brownouts’ undermine career success and how to outsmart them


Scientists say they have come up with a potential way to make oxygen on Mars


Who is Dr. Rochelle Walensky? Meet Biden’s CDC director pick

International Business Times

How to earn trust in a coronavirus vaccine

WNYC (New York Public Radio)

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Campus Voices

WashU Athletics launches podcast

Washington University Athletics has launched a podcast, “Outside the Game,” to delve into pressing topics in college athletics. In the first episode, Anthony J. Azama, the John M. Schael Director of Athletics, visits with happiness expert Tim Bono in Arts & Sciences to discuss “positive mindset.” 

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Hedwig Lee, professor of sociology in Arts & Sciences, has been named co-director of the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity. Lee had served as one of the center’s associate directors since its beginning in 2019. 

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: As the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted many students and employees to remote learning and working this year, our use of technology has adapted as well. Throughout 2020, about how many Zoom meetings have taken place among the Danforth and Medical campus community?
A) 100,000 B) 300,000 C) 500,000 D) 1 million

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