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Brantmeier receives grant to promote Arabic and Persian literacy

Cindy Brantmeier, professor of applied linguistics in international and area studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, received a STARTALK  summer grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) to promote Arabic and Persian literacy in the St. Louis region. Building upon her previous research, Brantmeier will develop a self-assessment criterion referenced instrument that […]

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Research highlights importance of social resilience in Bronze Age China

Anthropologist T.R. Kidder in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis published new research that shows that aridification in the central plains of China during the early Bronze Age did not cause population collapse. The results highlight the importance of social resilience to climate change. Climate alone is not a driver for human […]

Building better vaccines for the elderly

Meredith Jackrel, assistant professor of chemistry in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, and her lab group study protein misfolding disorders. They are especially interested in how protein misfolding occurs, how it leads to disease and how scientists might be able to prevent or even reverse protein misfolding. Their work promises applications in […]

Climate, real-world examples are focus for high school chemistry update

Two Washington University educators have developed a high school chemistry curriculum based on real-life impacts and data, including figures from the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  The new curriculum is co-authored by Michael E. Wysession, a professor in earth and planetary sciences, and Bryn Lutes, a lecturer in chemistry, both in Arts & […]

Coronavirus Panel Discussion by China Forum

The China Forum will host the first-panel event of the year – Coronavirus Outbreak, A Global Health Emergency. Invited experts and professors from WashU’s school of medicine, the Brown School and Arts & Sciences will share their knowledge on the public health, social policy and political implications of the outbreak.  Monday, February 17 | 6 […]

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What rain and mud can tell us about climate change

Washington University in St. Louis researcher Bronwen Konecky is piecing together a story about Earth’s climatic history — and what it can tell us about our planet’s future. Konecky, an assistant professor in Earth & planetary sciences, conducts fieldwork in tropical areas from Peru to Uganda to Southeast Asia collecting and analyzing rainwater samples and […]

Excavated human remains from a middle Bronze Age tomb at the site of Dali, Kazakhstan

Research collaboration sheds light on ancient populations

An international team of scholars has pooled their expertise to generate the largest study of ancient DNA published to date. Michael Frachetti, professor of archaeology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University, is co-senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Science. Genome-wide DNA information was ethically sourced from 523 ancient humans at archaeological […]

WashU alum opens first fistula hospital in Uganda

An obstetric fistula is a hole that forms near the vagina after prolonged obstructed labor. The condition can result in long-term health issues and, in some cases, death. When Seruyange first met L. Lewis Wall at Washington University in St. Louis in 2009, she revealed her dream of building a fistula hospital in her home […]

The “pristine myth” of climate change

Tristram R. “T.R.” Kidder, the Edward S. and Tedi Macias Professor of Anthropology in Arts & Sciences, has long studied the changes that humans have wrought on the land. In 2014, he published the earliest known archaeological evidence for human construction of large-scale levees and other flood-control systems in China — arguing that ancient levees […]

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Possible Zika reservoirs in the Americas

The Zika virus appeared in the Americas in 2015, but it has been present in Africa and Asia since the 1940s. Though the spread of the disease has virtually ended, Zika is a “zoonotic” virus — meaning it can be transferred from animals to humans and vice-versa. Even if it were eradicated in humans, it […]

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