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Living Earth Collaborative: Preserving global biodiversity

In less than fifty years, global animal populations have declined by more than half. Extinction threatens one in five wild plant species, putting at risk supplies of food and medicines. Reversing this alarming trend will be critical to man’s survival. Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the Saint Louis Zoo are joining forces to […]

A Washington University researcher holds a piece of paper coated with tiny gold nanorods that can be used to test blood for Zika virus.

A better test for Zika?

Washington University in St. Louis researchers have developed a test that uses nanotechnology to quickly detect the presence of the Zika virus in blood. Results are ready in minutes and test materials do not require refrigeration. Currently, testing for Zika requires that a blood sample be refrigerated and shipped to a medical center or laboratory, […]

Diverse canopy of Amazonian forest in Peru

Cracking the case of global plant biodiversity

Two Washington University researchers are furthering our understanding of plant biodiversity around the globe. The biodiversity gradient is the increase in species richness that occurs from the poles to the tropics. It is  one of the most widely recognized patterns in ecology but no one is sure exactly why it exists. Because the phenomenon is […]

Navigating cross-cultural communication

Exercise patience. Listen. Show interest. Make friends. Experts from across Washington University share tips on how to navigate interactions across cultures, backgrounds and experiences. “If we truly value other people’s opinions and believe that they have important ideas to offer, then we need to be patient enough to encourage them to participate.” – Edem Dzunu, […]

three WashU grad students

Envisioning a healthy environment and economy

Three WashU 2017 grads share their vision for a world where the environment and the economy are healthy. Sustainability advocates Nick Annin, Elise Fabbro and Nicola Salzman all participated in the International Climate Negotiation Seminar, an advanced Environmental Studies course is for students who will represent Washington University at the United Nations COP (Conference of […]

Eggs

A nutritional superfood for children in developing countries

A study conducted in Ecuador found that eating eggs significantly increased growth in young children and reduced stunting by 47 percent — a much greater effect than had been shown in previous studies. The study was co-authored by Lori Iannotti, a leading child-nutrition expert at the Brown School. It was published June 6, 2017 in […]

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Shaping the world economy

Olin Business School professor Phil Dybvig’s expertise is in shaping the world economy. Dybvig was one of six distinguished academics invited to address the G7 summit held May 11-13, 2017 in Italy. The G7 is a meeting of the world’s seven most industrialized economies. It plays an important role in shaping nations’ responses to global […]

Michael King on street.

Leaving an imprint on cities around the globe

Washington University alumnus Michael King has worked on every continent except Australia and Antarctica to make cities more livable, safer and better prepared for the future. As a “traffic calmer,” King is helping to reinvent the way we view urban environments. Traffic calming is an approach to urban design that aims to reduce traffic and […]

Two WashU students at Sygenta Crop Challenge

Improving the Sustainability of Agriculture

A team including two Olin Business School faculty members took third prize at Syngenta’s recent Crop Challenge. 600 teams from around the world registered for the event; just five finalists were invited to present their ideas. The competition explores new methods to make crops more efficient. Read more at Yahoo Finance.