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McDonnell Scholar Wins Three Minute Thesis Competition

McDonnell Scholar Po-Cheng Lin delivered a winning presentation at the Three Minute Thesis competition during the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium in Beijing, China. One of the highlights at the Symposium was the 3MT® Competition, featuring 15 students from McDonnell partner universities. The judges narrowed the winners to one student per theme, and the audience selected […]

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Giant filter towers to clean the air? A WashU expert weighs in

“The Smog Project,” designed by Dubai-based architecture firm Znera Space, is an ambitious proposal to clean the air in Delhi, one of the world’s most polluted cities. The project proposes a series of 328 feet-high air filtration towers, each producing more than 353 million cubic feet of clean air per day. The towers would suck […]

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New research gives precise look at underground CO2 abatement process

New research by scientists at Washington University in St. Louis sheds light on what happens underground when CO2 is injected into basalt, illustrating precisely how effective the volcanic rock could be as an abatement agent for CO2 emissions. The research, led by Daniel Giammar, the Walter E. Browne Professor of Environmental Engineering in the School of […]

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WashU researchers rethink the world’s energy sources

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have received a $3.9 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE). The grant is to develop bacteria that manufacture renewable biofuels — energy sources made from plants or microbes. Researchers at the School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science are seeking to make biofuels whose production would […]

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McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium

35 Premier universities united to address the world’s most critical problems of the 21st century at the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium, cohosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, October 11-14, 2018. The meeting created space for joint investigation on complex global issues, drawing on a diversity of perspectives from multiple countries and disciplines. It offered […]

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Global collaborations, holistic solutions

Washington University hosts forums for India, Greater China Washington University in St. Louis’ commitment to finding collaborative, creative solutions for far-reaching global problems is deep and wide-reaching. Of particular concern is the environment, and making the necessary choices to ensure the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat is safe, […]

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Building a better biofuel

Biofuels could hold the key to greener, more environmentally sound energy, transportation, and product options. Scientists have already figured out how to engineer microbes’ metabolic pathways, turning them into tiny biofuel manufacturers. Now new research from Fuzhong Zhang, associate professor at the School of Engineering & Applied Science, further refines the process, joining together the […]

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Energy alliances must be holistic, realistic

Multiple countries announced at the U.N. climate talks that they are committing to phase out coal as an energy source by 2030. But  WashU Expert Pratim Biswas warns that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t the most effective response to climate change. All U.N. countries need to take a holistic approach to energy choices, especially developing nations, […]

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Looking at ‘wastelands’ through a humanities lens

This fall, Nancy Y. Reynolds and Anne-Marie McManus launched the Mellon Sawyer Seminar,  “Grounding the Ecocritical: Materializing Wastelands and Living on in the Middle East.”  “Wastelands” refers to places with material and environmental degradation, ruin, and decay, as well as the social and natural life that inhabits them. “Ecocriticism” is the study of the relationship […]

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Living Earth Collaborative: Preserving global biodiversity

In less than fifty years, global animal populations have declined by more than half. Extinction threatens one in five wild plant species, putting at risk supplies of food and medicines. Reversing this alarming trend will be critical to man’s survival. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are joining forces to […]

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