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Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021

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Staff, retirees stepped up as contact tracers

About 25 current and retired staff joined Habif Health and Wellness caregivers and outside staff to serve as case investigators and contact tracers. Their efforts helped keep COVID-19 largely in check at the university until Habif could enlist permanent trained trackers. 

Itching in eczema linked to environmental allergens

New School of Medicine research indicates that allergens in the environment often are to blame for acute itch in eczema patients, and that the itch signals are being carried to the brain along a previously unrecognized pathway that current drugs don’t target.

Put a flake on it: A new way to add electrical charge

Gaining control of the flow of electrical current through atomically thin materials is important to potential future applications in photovoltaics or computing. Physicists in Arts & Sciences have discovered one way to locally add electrical charge to a graphene device.

Grant aims to improve tests for tropical worm diseases

School of Medicine researchers have received a grant to develop better diagnostic tests for worm infections as part of an international effort in Liberia and elsewhere to eliminate two tropical infectious diseases: lymphatic filariasis and onchocerciasis.

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11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21

‘The Path to Racial Equity’

2:30–4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21

Women’s health technologies workshop

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Campus Announcements

Postdoc mentorship program launches

A new program has launched to support principal investigators and their postdoctoral researchers. The Postdoc Peer Mentorship Program is accepting applications for mentors and for those who would like a mentor on both the Danforth and Medical campuses. The deadline is Feb. 1. 

WashU in the News

COVID-19’s mental health toll on health-care workers


How baby bonds could help close the racial wealth gap


Kansas City needs a billionaire to get an NBA team or it’ll go to Las Vegas


Preserving the past, shaping the future


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Gene Hoefel, professor emeritus of art, 86

Gene Hoefel photoGene Hoefel, professor emeritus at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, died peacefully in his sleep at the Anthology of Clayton View assisted living facility on Dec. 28. He was 86. Hoefel joined the university faculty in 1974.

Campus Voices

Scholars respond to Capitol insurrection

Leaning on their expertise in history, ethics and religious studies, faculty from the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics reflect on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

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Five faculty members at the School of Medicine have been elected fellows of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. They are Ernie-Paul Barrette, MD, Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD, David Hunstad, MD, Stephen Liang, MD, and Hilary Reno, MD, PhD.

The Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences recently announced its 2021-22 cohort of faculty fellows. Faculty fellows spend a semester in residence at the center, giving them space and time to make great progress on their research and book projects.

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Research Wire

Physicists in Arts & Sciences, including Brian Rauch, are part of a team funded by NASA to develop the concept for the most sensitive survey of cosmic ultra-high energy neutrinos ever conducted. A scientific balloon designed to launch from Antarctica will detect the signals under a new program called Astrophysics Pioneers.

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