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Conference on Innovation and Evaluation for Anti-Poverty Initiatives

The conference on Innovation and Evaluation for Anti-Poverty Initiatives will take place at National Taiwan University on April 11-12, 2019 in Taipei. Following years of pilot testing and research, Taiwan has started a national policy of child development accounts, which is a major focus of the meeting. Three Washington University faculty are headline speakers at the conference: […]

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WashU doctors address mental health crisis among Rohingya refugees

More than 900,000 Rohingya refugees live in sprawling, overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, not far from the border with Myanmar. Their plight is the result of a violent campaign against them by Myanmar’s security forces that U.N. investigators say showed evidence of the gravest crimes under international law, including genocide. The refugees are victims of, and […]

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‘Making Motherhood Work’: A research-based blueprint for change

Of all western industrialized countries, the United States ranks dead last for policies that support working mothers and their families. Unlike those in practically every other industrialized nation, mothers in the U.S. have no access to federal paid parental leave and no minimum standard for vacation and sick days, and the U.S. has one of […]

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The high price of cheap fashion

80 billion pieces of new clothing are purchased each year around the globe. The majority of these products are assembled in LMICs (low and middle income countries), while the United States consumes more clothing and textiles than any other nation in the world. Researchers from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis assert […]

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Cabot-Zhang Endowed Lectureship

The Cabot Corporation-Xinsheng Zhang Endowed Lectureship series offers unique opportunities for students and faculty at Washington University, along with the St. Louis community, to learn about issues of global leadership, particularly in China. Thursday, February 7, 2019 | 4:30 PM Emerson Auditorium | Knight Hall | Danforth Campus Register to Attend The Cabot-Zhang Endowed Lectureship was […]

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Matched Savings Account for Children in Taiwan

A national Child Development Account (CDA) policy is emerging in Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen in June signed into law the Act on Savings Accounts for the Education and Development of Children and Teenagers. The legislation encourages disadvantaged families to save for their children’s future by creating publicly subsidized saving accounts. The scholar Li-Chen Cheng, who […]

Malnutrition and the modern diet

Malnutrition can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The paper posits that a misalignment of modern diets and the genome has developed over time. They write that ultra-processed foods, particularly oils, flours, […]

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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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Moms and work: Perspectives in Europe and the U.S.

European government policies regarding families and work are very different than those of the U.S. WashU sociologist Caitlyn Collins became interested in these differences, and as a graduate student, began interviewing European working moms to learn firsthand how they felt about these policies and what their effects were on family life. What she found was […]

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In conflict-affected states, insufficient healthcare affects most vulnerable

Brown School associate professor Jean-Francois Trani is  interested in the intersection of mental health, disability, vulnerability and poverty. He conducts field research that informs policy and service design in conflict-affected fragile states and low-income countries. A new study co-authored by Trani finds that despite 15 years of investment in the Afghan healthcare sector by the […]

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