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Friday, Feb. 5, 2021

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How the immune system keeps tabs on the brain

School of Medicine scientists have figured out how the immune system keeps tabs on the brain. Immune cells are stationed in the meninges, where they sample fluid as it washes out of the brain. If the cells detect trouble, they are prepared to initiate an immune response.

2021-22 tuition, room, board, fees announced

Undergraduate tuition at Washington University will be $57,750 for the 2021-22 academic year — a $1,450 (2.6%) increase over the 2020-21 academic tuition, announced Amy B. Kweskin, vice chancellor for finance and chief financial officer.

Biologist awarded $2M to study intracellular scaffolds

Plant and animal cells rely on the versatile microtubule cytoskeleton. Researchers in Arts & Sciences received new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to uncover the inner workings of these structures.

Lodge named inaugural Blasingame professor

Jennifer K. Lodge, the university’s vice chancellor for research and a leading expert in fungus that can cause a potentially fatal brain infection, has been named the inaugural David T. Blasingame Professor.

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Campus Announcements

Research proposals to address COVID-19 challenges sought

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy and Social Policy Institute seek proposals from WashU researchers and their international partners to identify and address the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology and big data. Proposals are due Feb. 26.

Social Photo of the Week

#WashUPets: meet Vicky

WashU in the News

Democrats want to pass a $15 minimum wage through reconciliation. It’s unclear if they can


TikTokers are eating burnt oranges to regain taste and smell lost to COVID-19, but it probably won’t work


The Kingdom of Aksum: Africa’s trading empire

BBC News

Cunningham on how to avoid unintended consequences while challenging white supremacy

Sirius XM Radio

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Dorothy Elliott, former assistant director of Ervin Scholars Program, 84

Dorothy Elliott with an alumDorothy Elliott, founding assistant director of the John B. Ervin Scholars Program, died Jan. 24 at her home in St. Louis. She was 84. Affectionately known as Mrs. E., Elliott was a sounding board, champion and second mother to generations of Ervin scholars.

Campus Voices

‘Improving health messaging in fight to slow COVID-19’

The latest episode of the School of Medicine’s “Show Me the Science” podcast examines how to convince people to take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly as many are targeted with misinformation. 

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Mary McKay (left), the Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School, has been elected as incoming president of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, and Renee Cunningham-Williams, associate professor at the Brown School, was inducted as an academy fellow.

Kenneth R. Boschert, DVM, associate director of the Division of Comparative Medicine at the School of Medicine, has received the Charles A. Griffin Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. The award recognizes those in veterinary medicine who have demonstrated ethical scientific or technological advancements in humane experimentation or improved animal care practices.

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