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Faculty research initiatives supported through seed grants

CALL FOR PROPOSALS The McDonnell International Scholars Academy announces the second cycle of its Global Incubator Seed Grants Initiative. Our goal is to stimulate high-impact research projects in any discipline linking WashU faculty and international collaborators.  Proposals should include at least one international collaborator, with preference given to projects involving faculty from McDonnell Academy partner […]

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Past plant life tell the real story of global temperatures

Alexander Thompson, a postdoctoral research associate in earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, updated simulations from an important climate model to reflect the role of changing vegetation as a key driver of global temperatures over the last 10,000 years. Thompson took evidence from pollen records and designed a set of experiments with a […]

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Beneficial bacteria could help treat malnourished children

A new study, published April 13 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh (icddr,b), shows that a standard milk-based therapy plus treatment with a specific strain of gut bacteria known as Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis) for four weeks […]

WashU rising to meet great sustainability challenge

Will the next generation have the experience to keep up with climate change? Through opportunities like recently developed experiential learning and a new environmental analysis major at WashU, college students are primed to help the rest of us understand the hard questions that we face in the 21st century — as well as the answers that […]

International study analyzed health outcomes in kids who had COVID-19

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine analyzed the risk factors for serious health outcomes in kids who had COVID-19. They found that children up to age 18 who had tested positive for COVID-19 were at low risk for severe health problems. The study was based on pediatric data analyzed up to June 2021, before […]

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Guidelines set for ancient DNA research

Fueled by technological advancements, ancient DNA research has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade. From the first full ancient genome published in 2010 to the more than 4,000 analyzed today, the DNA collected from ancient human remains has advanced researchers’ understanding of the origins and history of human populations around the world. […]

Living Earth Collaborative

The Living Earth CollaborativeTM at Washington University in St. Louis is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of biodiversity and to ensuring the future of earth’s species in their many forms. The study of biodiversity provides a critical window into the ecosystems and environments that support all living organisms. What we can learn through the study of […]

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Global Incubator Seed Grants Awarded

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Global Incubator Seed Grants. Fifteen research teams from five WashU schools working across different disciplines have been selected to receive funding.  The program aims to stimulate high-impact research initiatives linking WashU faculty and international collaborators. These projects are expected to lead […]

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Promoting physical activity is key to achieving U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

New evidence supports integrating strategies to promote increased physical activity as a key part of the action plan for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, finds a new study led by researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The study, “Physical Activity Promotion and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: […]

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Self-reliance index offers opportunity to track sustainable, longer-term progress for refugees

To help address gaps in measurement and provide organizations with a tool to track the self-reliance of refugees and other displaced populations over time, researchers at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis have developed a Self-Reliance Index. The index comprises 12 domains to try to show how a refugee family may fare […]

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