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Wastewater treatment system recovers electricity, filters water

The lab of Zhen (Jason) He, professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, shows valuable resources can be recovered from wastewater using dual-function electrodes that also filter water in a microbial electrochemical system. He’s lab has developed one system that recovers and filters wastewater while creating electricity. Results from bench-scale trials were […]

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Lots of water in the world’s most explosive volcano

A remote peninsula in northeastern Russia just across the Bering Sea from Alaska, Kamchatka has an impressive population of brown bears and the most explosive volcano in the world. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, including Michael Krawczynski, assistant professor of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences and graduate student Andrea Goltz, brave the […]

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For a school in Uganda, clean water

The Washington University chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) has partnered with Bulubandi Primary School in Iganga, Uganda, to create an improved source for potable water. Students at the school did not have an inexpensive, clean source of water that was available for daily use, so EWB has instituted a five-year partnership with Bulubandi. The […]

Africa Speaks: A Series

Join The Africa Initiative for a conversation on current work in Africa. Featuring colleagues from Africa, this event series fosters learning and offers opportunities for collaboration. For more information and registration, please click button below. Visit The Africa Initiative for more information on WashU’s impact in Africa. Africa Speak Spring 2020 February 11, 2020: “Advancing Research, Practice and […]

Benjamin Akande, director of the Africa initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses the Initiative's progress at its inaugural meeting April 23.

Engaging with Africa

April 23, Washington University in St. Louis hosted the inaugural meeting of the university’s Africa initiative. The Africa initiative was founded in 2018 to enhance the university’s impact on the continent through research, teaching and entrepreneurship. Benjamin Akande, assistant vice chancellor for international affairs-Africa, reported at the meeting that there are 128 faculty members engaged […]

Obesity, climate change, hunger: A ‘Global Syndemic’

The international Lancet Commission on Obesityreleased its major new reportJan. 27. The main takeaway? Obesity, climate change and hunger are inextricably linked and must be fought as one challenge. Ross Hammond, the Betty Bofinger Brown Associate Professor, and Peter Hovmand, director of the Social System Design Laband professor of practice, both of the Brown School at Washington University in […]

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Genetic diversity in Thailand’s purple rice

Kenneth M. Olsen, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, worked with collaborators at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to examine the genetic repercussions of a longstanding practice by individual farmers of saving and replanting purple rice. The study, published in the journal Economic Botany, shows that these traditional farming practices help preserve the genetic […]

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Machine learning to better feed the world

In a development that could impact food production and help feed the world, two researchers at Olin Business School have devised a computational model to help farmers determine which variety of crop to plant each year for maximum yield. Durai Sundaramoorthi, senior lecturer in management at Olin Business School, and Lingxiu Dong, professor of operations […]

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Help for those who need it most: Fighting global childhood malnutrition

UNICEF estimates that some 16 million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition. It is the largest contributor to child mortality in the world. To better serve in his capacity treating and studying global malnutrition, Washington University alum Zach Linneman completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program in University College at Washington University […]

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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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