Category: Education

University creates new fund to help students and employees through COVID-19 crisis

COVID-19 has impacted countless people’s lives and livelihoods, resulting in financial hardships for many, including students and employees at Washington University in St. Louis. In response, the university has created the WashU Crisis Response Fund to help. Chancellor Andrew D. Martin requested that such a fund be created when alumni, parents and friends started reaching

St. Louis Regional Data Alliance launches COVID-19 dashboard: STL Response

Paul Sorenson, Interim Co-Director of UMSL’s Community Innovation and Action Center, worked with the St. Louis Regional Data Alliance and other community organizations to aggregate useful COVID-19 information, including newsfeeds from major publications, social media feeds and resource guides. In an era of social media and fake news, it can be difficult to find and organize reliable

Fossil discoveries rewrite our family history

An international team of researchers that includes anthropologists at Washington University in St. Louis has unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behavior. The effort was led by La Trobe University in Australia. Strait The 2-million-year-old fossil was

Novack certified as Holocaust educator

Novack (center) poses for a photo with Ephraim Kaye (left), director of the Jewish World and International Seminars, and Rabbi Moshe Cohen, of the International School for Holocaust Studies. (Photo courtesy of Chabad on Campus) Rabbi Hershey Novack of Chabad at Washington University in St. Louis was recently certified as a Holocaust educator by Yad

Class explores intersection of law, race and design

  Law and graphic design. Not necessarily two disciplines one thinks of as being related. But a new class at Washington University in St. Louis is using concepts from each to help students wrestle with the challenges of race, place and inequality. “Examining Law, Race, and Design: A St. Louis Story” is being co-taught this

Lifestyle trumps geography in determining makeup of gut microbiome

Apes in U.S. zoos host bacterial communities in their intestinal tracts that are more similar to those of people who eat a non-Western diet than to the gut makeup of their wild ape cousins, according to a new study from Washington University in St. Louis. Further, even wild apes that have never encountered antibiotics harbor

[Men's Volleyball] Men's Volleyball Shortened Inaugural Season Still a Success Story

Though COVID-19 cut STLCOP’s inaugural men’s volleyball season short, the new coaches and rookie players still consider it a successful season. What the team lacked in experience, they made up for with heart. “In my 20-plus years of coaching, this was one of my favorite all-time teams,” said head coach Ryan VonFeldt. Original Source

Whelan named LGBTQ+ scientist of the year

Whelan Sean Whelan, the Marvin A. Brennecke Distinguished Professor and head of the Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named the LGBTQ+ Scientist of the Year by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals for his work on emerging infectious diseases. Whelan developed

UMSL taking part in national Solve Climate by 2030 digital teach-in on April 7

The University of Missouri–St. Louis and Washington University in St. Louis are co-hosting the Missouri edition of Solve Climate by 2030, a nationwide collection of university-hosted statewide webinars focusing on state-level climate action. A panel of leaders from the Missouri Energy Initiative, Sierra Club and Ameren will talk to a target audience of college and high school students about what

‘Life/Lines’ poetry project launches

To mark National Poetry Month, the Center for the Humanities in Arts & Sciences at  Washington University  in  St.  Louis is inviting readers of all backgrounds to create short poems in response to daily prompts. The project, titled “Life/Lines,” is open to published poets as well as those who’ve never written poetry before. All poems,

Musical Postcards: ‘Love is Here to Stay’

In time the Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble They’re only made of clay But our love is here to stay – George and Ira Gershwin Two lovers dance along the banks of the Seine, the city eerily quiet. The film is the joyous classic “An American in Paris” (1951), but the song, “Love is

This pandemic is a test for leaders. Voters do the grading.

Andrew Reeves, associate professor of political science in Arts & Sciences   Crises are essentially leadership pop quizzes. When a crisis strikes, citizens become acutely sensitive to the performance of elected officials. While the coronavirus pandemic is somewhat unique, decades of research helps us to understand how leaders are judged when things go wrong. Each

Triton Emergency Fund supports students financially impacted by COVID-19

The Triton Emergency Fund provides financial help for students facing emergency situations and enables them to continue their education in spite of hardships caused by the pandemic. (Photo by August Jennewein) Balancing a budget – setting aside savings, covering bills and reducing unnecessary expenses – is widely regarded as a crucial skill for becoming a

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WashU Response to COVID-19 Visit for the latest information about WashU updates and policies. See all stories related to COVID-19. We are all living in a historic moment. Today, we are all making sacrifices, showing acts of leadership and finding simple joys. There are many untold stories that need to be celebrated and remembered.

WashU Experts: Coronavirus fact vs. fiction

As the coronavirus continues to spread across the nation, a number of false conclusions and rumors have spread with it. Three epidemiologists in public health at Washington University in St. Louis separate truth from myth. The following information is from Alexis Duncan and Kim Johnson, associate professors, and Christine Ekenga, an assistant professor, all in the

Zhang receives CAREER award for work on computer efficiency

Zhang Xuan “Silvia” Zhang, assistant professor of electrical and systems engineering at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, plans to improve computer performance while saving energy with a five-year $500,000 CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. CAREER awards support junior faculty who model the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding

WashU entrepreneurs respond to the coronavirus

The phrase ‘We’re all in this together’ takes on new urgency and meaning Washington University in St. Louis has a long tradition of coming together to care for one another and work toward the greater good, whether it be on campus, in our region or around the world. Our community — on campus and beyond

Health and counseling services adapting to continue serving students

Health, Counseling and Disability Access Services has adjusted its operations to continue serving the needs of students while they’re away from campus. (Photo by August Jennewein) Chris Sullivan has been following reports from the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the novel coronavirus since December and by February started hearing

Hu appointed dean of the faculty of Arts & Sciences

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Apply to join Danforth Staff Council

The Danforth Staff Council, which works with the administration to address staff concerns and provide input on university decisions, is accepting applications for new members. Applications are due by Friday, April 3. The post Apply to join Danforth Staff Council appeared first on The Source. Original Source

Kamila White stresses the importance of maintaining social connections amid physical separation

Technology, including smartphones, provides a number of tools to help people maintain social connections during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Associate Professor Kamila White stresses the importance of doing so. (Photos by August Jennewein) From public playgrounds and restaurant dining rooms to church sanctuaries and arenas, many of the places Americans typically gather to socialize with

Take part in climate solutions virtual teach-in

Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri-St. Louis are partnering for an upcoming virtual teach-in to discuss solutions to abate climate change. The “Solve Climate by 2030” webinar will be one of 52 online events taking place simultaneously April 7 and will be facilitated by Phil Valko, assistant vice chancellor for sustainability.

WashU Expert: Older Americans are not expendable

Many countries reacted slowly and inadequately to the spread of COVID-19. Some critics have said this is due to initial reports of the disease, which indicated that it mainly affected older populations. Some, including the Texas lieutenant governor on Fox News, have even suggested that older Americans should be willing to sacrifice their health or

WashU Expert: Grieving in the time of a pandemic

Some 23,000 people across the globe — including more than 1,000 Americans — have died as a result of COVID-19 as of March 26. Along with many aspects of life since the virus took hold, grieving also has become more complicated for the friends and families of those who died. “There are two reasons,” said

WashU Experts: Federal package ‘not enough’

The $2 trillion plan to prop up a pandemic-reeling United States, amid the news that there were 3.3 million unemployment claims lodged in the previous week, is expected to pass the House on March 27. Is it a Band-Aid or sufficient to heal what ails America’s economy? “We do not have this (COVID-19 outbreak) under

University images available for use on Zoom

This is among the images available as a custom backdrop for Zoom. With the university community shifting to virtual meetings and classes via Zoom, the Office of Public Affairs created WashU-themed virtual backgrounds so people can all have a scene from campus wherever they are working and learning. View images and instructions online. The post