Flu Vaccine

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, […]

America’s changing role in the world: A debate

Monday | November 6 | 6 pm Washington University in St. Louis Clark-Fox Forum | Hillman Hall         Monday, November 6, Washington University in St. Louis was delighted to host the first in a series of debates on America’s changing role in the world, convened by the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program […]

S.T. Lee Endowed Lectureship | October 11

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy hosted the Seng Teng Lee Endowed Lecture on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 4:30pm in Clark-Fox Forum in Hillman Hall.  The featured guest speaker was Michael R. Auslin, Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at The Hoover Institution, Stanford University in Washington, DC. He is an American writer, policy analyst, historian, and […]

McDonnell Scholars Enjoy Eclipse with John McDonnell

One of the most anticipated U.S. Midwest events of the year, the 2017 total solar eclipse, was experienced by McDonnell Scholars and guests at the home of Mr. John F. McDonnell, founding benefactor of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.  The Scholars, Chancellor and Mrs. Wrighton, and Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell, along with other invited family […]

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InCEES Director, UCSC Professor recipients of $1M grant

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded a two-year, $1 million grant to Himadri B. Pakrasi, the Myron and Sonya Glassberg/Albert and Blanche Greensfelder Distinguished University Professor and director of the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES), to collaborate with Jonathan Zehr, Distinguished Professor of Ocean Sciences at the University of […]

Discovery might allow scientists to create crop varieties better suited to warming world

As we push the limits of agriculture to feed more people in a warmer world, we do not understand how plants sense temperature. In a surprising turn of events, scientists at the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina and Washington University in St. Louis have just learned that plant light sensors also respond to temperature. […]