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Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

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‘Smart’ cartilage cells programmed to release drugs

School of Medicine scientists have engineered cartilage cells to release an anti-inflammatory drug in response to stresses such cells undergo when they are compressed during weight bearing and movement.

Digital transformation initiative launches

Under the leadership of Dean Feng Sheng Hu, Arts & Sciences will launch a large-scale hiring initiative aimed at bolstering capabilities in data analytics and digital technologies. Faculty searches aim to drive transformative change across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences.

Brain signals decoded to determine what a person sees

As a step toward helping those trapped within their own minds, School of Medicine scientists have used LED light to detect activity in the brain area responsible for visual processing, and then decoded brain signals to determine what a person sees.

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Campus Announcements

WashU ExpressCare offers same-day appointments

WashU ExpressCare is open to the public, 18 and older, for same-day care for minor health concerns seven days a week, including holidays. The clinic offers appointments with a WashU emergency medicine physician virtually from home, or when necessary, in person.

Libraries’ student essay contest is open

Undergraduate and graduate students who love collecting books can submit entries for this year’s Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition. The deadline is March 5, and winners can receive up to $1,000.

WashU in the News

Longtime Merck CEO, minority advocate Ken Frazier to retire

The Associated Press

The Black Eagle soars on talk radio: alum Joe Madison talks civil rights, politics and culture


As St. Louis sports teams work to reopen arenas, this tool may help them weigh the risks

St. Louis Public Radio

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Campus Voices

Video series pays tribute to Black achievers

As part of its Black History Month celebration, the Brown School created dozens of video tributes to Black achievers, both famous and lesser-known.

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The School of Law’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic’s 2019 report “Environmental Racism in St. Louis” is helping to shape new federal legislation proposed by Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. In 2019, the clinic examined environmental public health factors in St. Louis city and issued the report detailing areas in which St. Louis’ Black communities experienced unfair and unhealthy impacts.

Doctoral candidate Jae Kim has won a 2021 Literature Translation Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Kim studies in the Comparative Literature program in Arts & Sciences’ track for international writers.

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