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 […]

Konecky

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 […]

Zika Reservoirs

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 […]

Plastic problem

Solving the plastic problem

Most of the plastic we use today is petroleum-based and nonbiodegradable, creating more waste to crowd oceans and landfills. To address this daunting problem, Arpita Bose, an assistant professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, and her laboratory have spearheaded research on bioplastics. Her lab is among the first in the world to use microbial electrosynthesis […]

Alyanak

Anthropology’s Alyanak named Volkswagen postdoctoral fellow

Oguz Alyanak, an anthropology doctoral student in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, has been selected for a Volkswagen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities to support his research on the social lives of working-class Muslim men in Germany, France and other European countries. The fellowship, designed to strengthen trans-Atlantic academic relations in the […]

Mother, baby and laptop

‘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 […]

Thailand purple rice

Genetic diversity in Thailand’s purple rice

Kenneth M. Olsen, professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, worked with collaborators at Chiang Mai University in Thailand to examine the genetic repercussions of a longstanding practice by individual farmers of saving and replanting purple rice. The study, published in the journal Economic Botany, shows that these traditional farming practices help preserve the genetic […]

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