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Machine learning to better feed the world

In a development that could impact food production and help feed the world, two researchers at Olin Business School have devised a computational model to help farmers determine which variety of crop to plant each year for maximum yield. Durai Sundaramoorthi, senior lecturer in management at Olin Business School, and Lingxiu Dong, professor of operations […]

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Help for those who need it most: Fighting global childhood malnutrition

UNICEF estimates that some 16 million children under the age of five suffer from severe acute malnutrition. It is the largest contributor to child mortality in the world. To better serve in his capacity treating and studying global malnutrition, Washington University alum Zach Linneman completed the post-baccalaureate premedical program in University College at Washington University […]

Malnutrition and the modern diet

Malnutrition can be traced to poor-quality diets lacking in diversity, a recent phenomenon in evolutionary history, according to a new paper from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. The paper posits that a misalignment of modern diets and the genome has developed over time. They write that ultra-processed foods, particularly oils, flours, […]

Hoeferlin near the Chain of Rocks Bridge on the Mississippi River.

Designing for climate resilience in Asia

Derek Hoeferlin, associate professor of architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, along with research assistants Jess Vanecek and Rob Birch, both master’s degree candidates in the Sam Fox School, has won first prize in the inaugural Designing Resilience in Asia International Open Competition. Sponsored by the School of Design and […]

Olympic Village in Beijing

Across the globe, engineering a healthier environment

In summer 2017, a group of aerosol scientists, engineers and administrators from Washington University in St. Louis traveled to Asia to address some of the important problems related to energy, environment and health that we face today. The scientists, members of the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering — or CASE — took part in […]

A public school kiosk is sponsored by Coca-Cola, a beverage industry targeting Guatemalan youth.

School environment increases sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in Guatemalan adolescents

New research from Joaquin Barnoya, MD, MPH, associate professor of surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, and colleagues has found that school attending adolescents in Guatemala report high sugar sweetened beverage consumption. Few studies have evaluated sugar-sweetened beverages consumption, such as soda or sweetened coffee drinks, in Guatemalan youth and its association with the […]

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 […]

Group of women bakers in Culver in Rwanda

Making an impact in the world

Washington University MBA student Markie Culver is driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the world. Culver is founder of The Women’s Bakery, a social enterprise that trains East African women to build, operate, manage and sustain their own bakeries, empowering them to invest in their health, their families and their communities. […]

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Daily Bread: Economically empowering Women in rural Africa

For the second year in a row, a CEL Practicum team is traveling to Rwanda to consult for The Women’s Bakery (TWB), founded by Olin second year MBA Markey Culver. TWB offers women in rural Africa access to business education, life skills, and applied baking and nutrition skills. TWB’s training courses empower women to create […]