Category: Washington University

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

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

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

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

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

WashU Expert: How to document the protests

This photo, from an anonymous contributor, is part of the “Documenting Ferguson” archive at University Libraries. Americans across the nation are documenting today’s protests through photography and video, often posting their content on Instagram, Twitter and other social media feeds. But is that the safest way to preserve these historic images?  No, said Miranda Rectenwald,

Effort to screen potential COVID-19 antiviral drugs underway

Six months into the pandemic, people diagnosed with mild cases of COVID-19 still are told to isolate themselves and wait out the infection at home. Doctors monitor such patients so they can intervene if their condition deteriorates, but no antiviral drugs have been shown to hasten recovery or forestall severe illness in people who are

WashU Expert: CFPB, despite ruling, will blow with presidential wind

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling June 29 won’t meaningfully alter the fledgling Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because it already morphed during its first decade to adopt the philosophical whim of each presidential administration, says an Olin Business School scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. The court invalidated the CFPB’s leadership structure, ruling that a

Norwood honored for diversity and inclusion work

Norwood Kimberly Norwood, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, is being honored by Missouri Lawyers Media for her work on diversity and inclusion. The organization will honor 21 attorneys, firms and legal professionals from around the state with its 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Awards for their work to support and advance those initiatives. The

Feeling Anxious About Wearing A Mask? Here Are 5 Ways To Overcome It

Jessica Gold, assistant professor of psychiatry at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis   Tara Herrmann, PhD, has a history of asthma and was in the emergency room and hospital numerous times growing up. Before Covid-19, she already struggled with masks as simply wearing one would worsen her anxiety and “put me

The True Story of the Freed Slave Kneeling at Lincoln’s Feet

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We Built a Diverse Academic Department in 5 Years. Here’s How.

Adia Harvey Wingfield, the Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences   I work in the sociology department at Washington University in St. Louis. Our department has several interesting distinctions — it was formed in 2015, making it one of the newest sociology departments in the country. It came into being after this region

University introduces new personal safety app

Starting July 1, Washington University in St. Louis will offer its students, faculty and staff a new, free phone-based app designed to address and promote personal safety both on and off campus. WashU Safe was developed by Washington University’s public safety departments and Office of Operations and Technology Transfer, with software assistance from AppArmor Mobile.

Parking provides updates for 2020-21 year

The Danforth Campus Parking and Transportation Services team shares important updates for the 2020-21 academic year. Learn more here. The post Parking provides updates for 2020-21 year appeared first on The Source. Original Source

Lahiri receives first Sawyer professorship in mathematics

Soumendra Lahiri has been installed as the Stanley A. Sawyer Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. A ceremony was held earlier this year in Ridgley Hall to mark the occasion. Lahiri’s research interests lie in theoretical statistics and data science. Much of his theoretical work deals with asymptotic theory, statistical

Brown School’s Race and Opportunity Lab recommends specific policing reforms

As the nation struggles with police violence, a new report from HomeGrown StL in the Race and Opportunity Lab at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis recommends reforms to build an equitable, transparent and accountable public safety approach that will include lawsuit liability, a police misconduct database and federal funding mandates. Original

Burning Kumquat garden thrives while students away

The mission of Burning Kumquat, a student-run organic garden at Washington University in St. Louis, is “sharing the joy of freshly picked vegetables with the world.” While the “world” — with the closure of campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic — has gotten smaller, the mission has not, thanks to faculty fellows and their families.