Category: Education

Badri Adhikari receives NSF grant for research on protein distance prediction

Badri Adhikari received a $160,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research the use of artificial intelligence to create algorithms that predict the distance between protein pairs in amino acids. (Photo by August Jennewein) When Badri Adhikari became interested in computer science as a teenager, he didn’t imagine he’d one day be researching health

College of Education photo contest connects students during quarantine

Student Success Coordinator Karen Allman created the contest, and students in the College of Education submitted photos of their life during quarantine on Canvas. The contest lasted three rounds, with a new theme each time. Students shared snapshots of their pets, quarantine hairdos and baking and crafting projects. (Photos by Grace Connell) During the COVID-19

Bob Baumann retires after five decades with UMSL Global

Bob Baumann came to the University of Missouri–St. Louis as a student in 1965 and started working at UMSL Global as a temporary research assistant after graduation. During his 45-year career, he became assistant director and helped UMSL students travel the world. (Photo by August Jennewein) As high school graduation approached, Bob Baumann didn’t know

‘Where We Live’ course impacts communities and students alike

Counter clockwise from top left: University of Missouri–St. Louis students Luke Lauter, Ngoc Nguyen and Rachel Gabrian along with Assistant Teaching Professor and Community Engagement Coordinator Rob Wilson hold up a tourism banner the group designed on the behalf of the census-designated area Spanish Lake. The three students were four of 12 in Wilson’s “Where We

UMSL sees more than 21 percent increase in fundraising during 2020 fiscal year

UMSL raised more than $21 million in gifts, matching gifts and pledges in the 2020 fiscal year, an increase of more than 21 percent compared to 2019. (Photo by August Jennewein) The University of Missouri–St. Louis completed a strong fundraising year amid a change in leadership and despite a challenging economic environment created by the

McDonnell Academy supports COVID-19-related global research

Washington University in St. Louis’ ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic is multifaceted and continues to evolve. It has taken campus, community and global approaches and includes interdisciplinary research from expert faculty members across the university. To help address the international social, economic and public health ramifications of the outbreak, the McDonnell International Scholars Academy

WashU Expert: America gains nothing by leaving WHO

President Donald Trump’s recent announcement to suspend U.S. funding to, and withdraw from, the World Health Organization is “counter to our interests in addressing our needs to save the lives and further the health of Americans, as well as an abandonment of America’s position as a global leader,” says the director of Washington University in

WashU Expert: WHO withdrawal may not be legal

President Donald Trump announced July 7 that the United States has officially begun to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). Trump may or may not have the authority to do so, says an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis. “It’s not clear that the president can unilaterally withdraw the United

Experimental drug shows early promise against inherited form of ALS, trial indicates

An experimental drug for a rare, inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) has shown promise in a phase 1/phase 2 clinical trial conducted at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and other sites around the world and sponsored by the pharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. The trial indicated

WashU Expert: Researchers focused on understanding virus transmission by aerosols

On Monday, more than 230 scientists from around the world declared “It’s time to address airborne transmission of COVID-19.” In a letter signed by Washington University in St. Louis faculty and published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases, directed toward “Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization,” the scientists urged that public health

Ferguson receives award from blindness-prevention organization

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Washington University statement on ICE guidance on international students

We are disappointed in the announcement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding temporary exemptions to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). These requirements will have a negative impact on many international students who are in the country on F-1 visas. We are analyzing how the exemptions could impact Washington University students in the

Lilies from Missouri Botanical Garden add to the beauty of UMSL’s North Campus

UMSL Grounds Supervisor Gregory Ward inspects lilies he planted in the courtyard garden on the west side of the J.C. Penney Conference Center. Ward donated the lilies to the university and received a matching donation from members of the Greater St. Louis Daffodil Society and North American Lily Society. (Photos by August Jennewein) The courtyard

Who Knew WashU? 7.8.20

Question: University Libraries boasts a rare copy of the Declaration of Independence, known as a Southwick broadside. How many copies of it exist today? A) 1 B) 7 C) 11 D) 29 Submit your answer to (Include your name, school or department (or note that you’re an alum, parent, retiree etc.) and campus box

UMSL Excellence in Civic Engagement Awards honor faculty, staff and students who promote democratic process

Anita Manion (clockwise from top left), Charlie Gentry, Blaine Milligan, Jasmin Williams and Lucy Grimshaw were recognized by the Civic Engagement Coalition for their commitment to voting and other civic activities. (Grimshaw photo by August Jennewein; others submitted) Students at the University of Missouri–St. Louis are active in elections and have been recognized for high

Join plastic-free challenge in July

The Office of Sustainability invites members of the university community to join the WashU team in an online plastic-free challenge this month. Learn more and sign up online. The post Join plastic-free challenge in July appeared first on The Source. Original Source

Uma A. Segal receives President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement

Uma Segal, professor of social work, was awarded the University of Missouri President’s Award for Cross-Cultural Engagement, which honors faculty who promote cross-cultural engagement through education, research and service. Segal’s work has focused primarily on immigrant and refugee populations and global migrations. (Photo by David Morrison) It’s customary for colleagues to surprise recipients of University of

Local gym moves classes to West Campus garage

Washington University worked with tenant TruFusion to transform the West Campus garage into a fitness studio during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photos: Joe Angeles/Washington University) One of the cruel ironies of the COVID-19 pandemic has been the closure of gyms when we most need to relieve stress, stay fit and connect with others.  And then there

An emerging understanding of smell

How does the brain detect smells? To find out, you could rely on biological sciences, using high tech imaging methods, or studying anatomical diagrams. You could even get philosophical and ask, “What is smell, anyway?” Or, you could turn to engineering. Ching That’s what ShiNung Ching, an associate professor in the McKelvey School of Engineering

WashU Expert: Eviction moratoriums are incomplete solution

Millions of tenants are at risk of eviction in late July as protections in the CARES Act are set to expire. While the U.S. Congress and Senate are proposing plans to extend the federal moratorium on evictions through March 2021, a finance expert at Washington University in St. Louis warns that is just one piece

WashU Expert: Electoral College ruling contradicts Founders’ ‘original intent’

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that states can require presidential electors to back their states’ popular vote winner in the Electoral College. While the decision limits the independence of electors and prevents a potential source of uncertainty in the upcoming presidential election, it contradicts the Constitution framers’ intentions for the Electoral

Miao receives Point Foundation Honor

Miao Ranen Miao, a rising sophomore studying political science and sociology in Arts & Sciences, has been named a Point Foundation national scholar. He is the first Washington University in  St. Louis student to receive the honor, which supports outstanding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer student leaders.  Miao is president of Student Union and

Obituary: Leon Ashford, 39-year university employee, 90

Ashford worked for Washington University for 39 years. In retirement, he promoted prostate cancer education and screenings. Leon E. Ashford, an early advocate for first-generation and Black students at Washington University in St. Louis, died March 28, 2020. He was 90. Ashford worked for the university for 39 years, retiring in 1995 as director of

New ‘hot topics’ history class considers the role of the Electoral College

During the eight-week course, Associate Teaching Professor Peter Acsay and staff member Blaine Milligan asked UMSL students to examine why some people feel that their votes don’t count in presidential elections. The students discussed the history and mechanics of the Electoral College as well as proposing and voting on the five different reforms or replacements

Media Coverage: June 2020

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media. Media Coverage highlights some of the top stories but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. Notice a clip we missed? Email us at

COVID-19 demonstrates why wealth matters

While COVID-19 has impacted all individuals, the impact has not been equal. In a new national Socioeconomic Impact of COVID-19 survey, the Social Policy Institute (SPI) at Washington University in St. Louis found that liquid assets increased the likelihood that an individual could practice social distancing. However, Black individuals were least likely to afford social