money jar growing plant

Matched Savings Account for Children in Taiwan

A national Child Development Account (CDA) policy is emerging in Taiwan. President Tsai Ing-wen in June signed into law the Act on Savings Accounts for the Education and Development of Children and Teenagers. The legislation encourages disadvantaged families to save for their children’s future by creating publicly subsidized saving accounts. The scholar Li-Chen Cheng, who […]

Sanofi-Institut Pasteur award

WashU researcher receives Sanofi-Institut Pasteur Award

Scientist honored for role in founding, leading field of gut microbiome research Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD, a world-renowned scientist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Sanofi-Institut Pasteur International Award. The award recognizes scientists who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical research in fields that profoundly affect global public health. […]

Swollen legs of man with elephantiasis.

Hope in the fight against a devastating disease

Research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has prompted the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue new guidelines for treating lymphatic filariasis – a devastating tropical disease that can cause elephantiasis. An estimated 70 million people worldwide are infected with the disease, which is spread by mosquitoes. It can cause massive […]

Building in Berlin

Understanding mental illness in a post-socialist city

Lauren Cubellis, a PhD candidate in sociocultural anthropology in Arts & Sciences, received a 2017-18 DAAD Long-Term Research Grant for Doctoral Dissertation Research and a 2017-18 DAAD Intensive Language Course Grant, Goethe Institute. DAAD is the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst). Cubellis will conduct dissertation fieldwork in Berlin with clinicians and peer specialists […]

Jason Purnell

Furthering public health at home

For the Sake of All, a Washington University in St. Louis-based initiative to improve health equity for African-Americans in the St. Louis region, has received a $1.1 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The grant will support research and development of a “toolkit” for the implementation of programs and strategies to create inclusive, […]

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, […]

Phil Dybvig headshot

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 […]

John F. McDonnell at podium

Washington University announces $20 million McDonnell Scholarship Challenge

Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton has announced a $20 million commitment from Life Trustee John F. McDonnell to support scholarships and fellowships as part of Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University. This is one of the largest single scholarship gifts in the history of the university. The gift establishes the McDonnell Scholarship Challenge, which will […]

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 […]

Gyo Obata today

A History of Inclusivity

While his Japanese-American family was interned during World War II, Gyo Obata found a welcoming place to learn and thrive at Washington University. In 1942, approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry — two-thirds of them American born — were forced from their homes and into internment camps. Gyo Obata’s family was ordered to the Tanofran […]