Alphabet revolutions
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Alphabet revolutions

November 28, 2023

Uluğ Kuzuoğlu’s new book discusses 20th-century reforms of the Chinese writing system in the context of a growing information economy. Throughout the 20th century, Chinese characters were at risk of disappearing. In his new book “Codes of Modernity: Chinese Scripts in the Global Information Age,” Assistant Professor of History Uluğ Kuzuoğluexplores how the rise of new […]

Study links changes in global water cycle to higher temperatures
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Study links changes in global water cycle to higher temperatures

November 2, 2023

Over last 2,000 years, rising and falling temperatures have altered the way water moves around the planet It’s a multibillion dollar question: What will happen to water as temperatures continue to rise? There will be winners and losers with any change that redistributes where, when and how much water is available for humans to drink […]

Seed grant-funded projects reap life-changing results
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Seed grant-funded projects reap life-changing results

October 23, 2023

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy at Washington University, with support from the Office of the Provost, awards seed grants that stimulate high-impact research linking university experts with our partners around the world. These investments help research teams, often representing cross-disciplinary fields, demonstrate the power and potential of their work. 

The evolution of rice
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The evolution of rice

June 5, 2023

Kenneth Olsen, the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg Professor of Biology, frequently works with international colleagues to study the evolution and genetics of plants. Much of his focus is on rice, a crop that has been grown under human control for 10,000 years. Olsen explained that domesticated crops are like prolonged experiments in natural […]

Conquering childhood malnutrition
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Conquering childhood malnutrition

Childhood malnutrition is a major global health challenge. It affects more than 150 million children under the age of 5 worldwide, with a disproportionate impact in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Health Organization.

Motivated by hope and humility
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Motivated by hope and humility

February 20, 2023

Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, explores the “vast, mysterious world” of the microbiome to find solutions to promote healthy growth in malnourished children. In recognition of his groundbreaking work, Gordon, who is the director of the Edison Family Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, received the 2022 Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research.

Albert Ip helps students succeed
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Albert Ip helps students succeed

After a distinguished career in international banking and hospitality investing, Albert Ip, BSAMCS ’73, is devoting his time and talent to helping burnish Washington University’s brand in Hong Kong so more students there apply and benefit as he has. Now, with multiple appointments at universities in Hong Kong, the former WashU trustee (2017–21) has established […]

Cultural history hands-on through study of Qing-era bed
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Cultural history hands-on through study of Qing-era bed

In fall of 2022, Zhao Ma presented his students with a rare, hands-on experience to study cultural history up close, from furniture assembly to 3D modeling, through his acquisition of an elaborately crafted 19th-century Chinese bed. Ma, associate professor of modern Chinese history and culture in Arts & Sciences, and his students assembled the Qing-era […]

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