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Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021

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GI tract may be vulnerable to COVID-19 infection

New School of Medicine research suggests that people with problems in the upper GI tract may be vulnerable to infection after swallowing the virus that causes COVID-19. The scientists studied tissue from patients with a common disorder called Barrett’s esophagus.

Lots of water in the world’s most explosive volcano

Michael Krawczynski, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, and graduate student Andrea Goltz investigate the deep inner workings of Shiveluch, a volcano on a remote peninsula in northeastern Russia.

Aerosol particles naturally form over the open sea

Research led by Jian Wang, professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering, uncovers a previously undocumented source of aerosol formation. The findings will help improve climate models.

WashU Expert weighs federal minimum wage increase

Radhakrishnan Gopalan, professor of finance at Olin Business School, said President Joe Biden’s plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour is too aggressive. His research shows raising the minimum wage now could slow job growth.

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Campus Announcements

Nominate student for Switzer award

The Women’s Society of Washington University seeks nominations for the Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award. The nomination deadline is Feb. 12. 

WashU in the News

People are stepping up to help the seniors in their lives navigate the vaccine sign-up process


What happens to the federal death penalty in a Biden administration?


Fluorescent microneedle patches detect biomarkers at much lower levels

New Atlas

Washington University graduate Rochelle Walensky takes over as new head of the CDC

Fox2 Now

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Campus Voices

‘Two extraordinary days for race and electoral democracy in America’

Michael Sherraden, the George Warren Brown Distinguished University Professor, writes an article for the Center for Social Development about the insurrection at the Capitol and what Georgia voters’ selections for the U.S. Senate mean for democracy and racial equity.

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Dedric Carter, vice chancellor for operations and technology transfer, has been appointed chair of the board of the Missouri Technology Corp., a public-private partnership created by the Missouri Legislature to promote entrepreneurship and foster the growth of high-tech companies.

Bruno Sinopoli, the Das Family Distinguished Professor and chair of the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering, has been named an IEEE Fellow of the Class of 2021, one of the organization’s most prestigious honors.

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Research Wire

Michael S. Kinch, associate vice chancellor and director of the Centers for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and Drug Discovery, and professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the School of Medicine, received a one-year $280,385 grant from Arnold Ventures for his research titled “CDEK: Clinical Data Experience Knowledge-base.”

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Who Knew WashU?

Who Knew WashU graphicQuestion: The Harvey Media Center in the Danforth University Center is home to various student media outlets. How many official student media groups, both print and electronic, does Washington University have?
A) 3 B) 7 C) 10 D) 13

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