Jason Purnell

Furthering public health at home

For the Sake of All, a Washington University in St. Louis-based initiative to improve health equity for African-Americans in the St. Louis region, has received a $1.1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will support research and development of a “toolkit” for the implementation of programs and strategies to create inclusive, […]

McDonnell Scholars at community service

McDonnell Scholars Work to Conserve the Environment

McDonnell Academy Ambassador Ohad Kadan and several McDonnell Scholars participated in a community engagement project on October 14, with the Open Space Council (OSC). Professor Kadan, Scholars, staff and family members spent several hours at Forest River Trail Park in Sunset Hills, Missouri with shovels, rakes and wheel barrels digging through piles of crushed limestone […]

Night Sky projection at Planetarium

Chancellor Wrighton Welcomes Scholars at Planetarium

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton welcomed the new 2017 cohort and resident McDonnell Academy Scholars to the St. Louis Planetarium for dinner and a starlight presentation. The Scholars and other invited guests enjoyed a reception in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium lobby, before moving to the second floor for dinner. Current Scholars and alumni presented one-minute […]

McDonnell Scholar Retreat 2017 T-shirt

McDonnell International Scholars Academy Welcomes 20 New Scholars

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy’s 2017-2018 cohort of Scholars participated in the Academy’s Welcome Week activities, including a bowling competition, etiquette workshop and welcome reception at director James V. Wertsch’s home. The Academy’s Welcome Week is designed to help foster relationships and build a cohesive network of Scholars, strengthening the global ties between Washington University […]

McDonnell Scholars and spouse during Cardinal game.

McDonnell Scholars at Cardinal Game

The St. Louis Cardinals played the Milwaukee Brewers on June 14.  Although St. Louis lost, the McDonnell Scholars thoroughly enjoyed all the activities preceding and during the game.  With great seats and complimentary food bar, the Scholars and some of their families participated in one of the great American summer past-times– out to the ballgame! Visit the […]

Philippine genetically modified Golden Rice

WashU study suggests GMO Golden Rice falls short on promises

A new study from Washington University in St. Louis suggests Golden Rice is still years away from field introduction and even then, may fall short of lofty health benefits still cited regularly by GMO advocates.

group photo of WOOTA team members

Students make clean drinking water out of thin air

WashU social venture WOOTA (Water Out Of Thin Air) wins Engineering Discovery Competition (EDC) for building a device that turns humidity in the air into clean drinking water.

McDonnell Academy graduating class of 2016

McDonnell Academy 2016 Recognition Ceremony

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy hosted its Recognition Ceremony on Saturday, May 21, 2016. In addition to academic talent, the Academy looks for Scholars who have an interest in broader social and cultural issues. Once they are members of the Academy, they are provided with opportunities to develop leadership skills.

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