Research in the service of social policy

Socio-economic, educational and health-related inequities and inequalities adversely affect the wellbeing of people and communities in St. Louis, across the US, and worldwide. Washington University in St. Louis has established a new Social Policy Institute with the mission of bringing together research findings from schools and disciplines across the university to address these pressing and […]

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Professor Jun named a fellow by the American Chemical Society

Young-Shin Jun, professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering, has been named a fellow by the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. She is the first recipient from the McKelvey School of Engineering and the third at Washington University in St. Louis. Jun is one of 70 members of the society to be named […]

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Exceptional healthcare across geography

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has formed a collaboration with China-based Huici Health Management Co. to assist with physician training and the design of a new medical center — including a 1,000-bed hospital — in Suzhou, eastern China. In turn, medical students, residents and fellows from the School of Medicine will have […]

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A longer-lasting, more efficient flu vaccine

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis have been awarded a $3.4 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Health to study influenza.  Influenza kills about 60,000 people every year in the United States. Today’s flu vaccines protect us from flu viruses […]

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National Memory in a Time of Populism | A Conference

Sponsored by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and Washington University in St. Louis In an effort to understand the new forms and importance of national memory in an era of growing populism and tribalism, this AAAS conference will bring together leading experts from history, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and political science as well as […]

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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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Wildfire smoke and atmospheric warming

A team of WashU scientists has simulated smoldering wildfires in the lab in order to study the effects of their smoke on the atmosphere. Black carbon, or soot, has already been identified as a major agent in atmospheric warming, but less is known about the effects of an organic particulate matter in smoke called brown […]

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, […]