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Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

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Genetic roots of common brain malformation traced

Researchers at the School of Medicine have shown that Chiari 1 malformation can be caused by variations in two genes linked to brain development and that children with large heads are at increased risk of developing the condition.

Orange is the new ‘block’

New Arts & Sciences research reveals the core structure of the light-harvesting antenna of cyanobacteria. Orange carotenoid protein plays a key role, according to Haijun Liu, research scientist in chemistry. The study yields insights relevant to future energy applications.

Trustees grant faculty appointments, promotions

At the university’s Board of Trustees meeting in December, several faculty members were appointed or promoted with tenure or granted tenure, with many taking effect that day. Review the list.

WashU Expert on compromise in split Senate

While there are no formal rules about how the Senate should function in the event of an even split, there is a template, says Arts & Sciences’ Steven Smith, an expert on congressional politics.

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Campus Announcements

Center for Teaching and Learning launches

The Teaching Center and the Learning Center have joined together as one academic unit known as the Center for Teaching and Learning. Cutting-edge research into the best practices of both teaching and learning methods will be combined to support and provide training to faculty and students alike.

WashU in the News

Doctors test popular anti-depressant to see if it fights off COVID-19


The power of words in crisis: Who hits mark, and who misses?

The Associated Press

Should people be compensated for getting a COVID-19 vaccine?

National Public Radio

COVID-19 nasal vaccine designed at Washington University on fast track for human trials


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Princess Imoukhuede (left) has been named director of diversity initiatives for the McKelvey School of Engineering. In addition, Jessica Wagenseil has been appointed vice dean for faculty advancement at the school, and she will serve as associate chair of the McKelvey Faculty Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Steven Don, MD, associate professor of radiology and of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, has received the 2020 Pioneer Award from the Society for Pediatric Radiology for his innovative work in the development of digital radiography and digital imaging.

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Research Wire

Lerone A. Martin, associate professor of religion and politics — along with colleagues at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania — has received a $1 million grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to advance public understanding of the history, politics and cultures of African American religions.

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Who Knew WashU?

Graham Chapel in 1918Question: When a flu pandemic broke out in 1918, it spread around the world over the course of two years. The university offered its buildings to the Red Cross to help keep St. Louis safe during the pandemic. What was Graham Chapel used for?
Answer: B) The Red Cross used Graham Chapel as a mask-making shop, according to an article in Student Life. More than 100 workers produced thousands of masks, which were dispatched both in the United States and overseas.
Congrats to this week’s winner, Kris Forneris, who works in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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