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Global Incubator Seed Grants Awarded

The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Global Incubator Seed Grants. Fifteen research teams from five WashU schools working across different disciplines have been selected to receive funding.  The program aims to stimulate high-impact research initiatives linking WashU faculty and international collaborators. These projects are expected to lead […]

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WHO accepts COVID-19 reform recommendations from Harris Institute

A report on COVID-19 reforms convened by the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute in the School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis, in partnership with the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, was submitted to a World Health Organization panel in preparation for a final report at a WHO meeting on pandemic preparedness. The […]

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McDonnell Academy Launches Global Incubator Seed Grants Fund

Call for Proposals Global Incubator Seed Grants FundAmount: $10,000 – $25,000 Deadline: July 1, 2021 The McDonnell International Scholars Academy is pleased to launch a new Global Incubator Seed Grants Fund. Our goal is to stimulate high-impact research projects in any discipline linking WashU faculty and international collaborators.  Proposals should include at least one international collaborator, with […]

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Watershed architecture focuses on multi-scaled, water-based infrastructural transformation

For more than a decade, Derek Hoeferlin has studied the Mekong, ­Mississippi and Rhine (above) river basins, with a particular focus on multi-scaled, water-based infrastructural transformation. The three basins — detailed in Hoeferlin’s upcoming book Way Beyond Bigness: The Need for Watershed Architecture — reflect three different hydrological scales in three different states of management and development. […]

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New type of microbiome-directed food boosts growth for malnourished children

A new study shows that a therapeutic food designed to repair the gut microbiomes of malnourished children is better than standard therapy in supporting their growth. The research, published online April 7, 2021, in The New England Journal of Medicine, was a collaboration between Washington University School of Medicine and the International Centre for Diarrhoeal […]

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Wastewater treatment system recovers electricity, filters water

The lab of Zhen (Jason) He, professor in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, shows valuable resources can be recovered from wastewater using dual-function electrodes that also filter water in a microbial electrochemical system. He’s lab has developed one system that recovers and filters wastewater while creating electricity. Results from bench-scale trials were […]

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Scientists seek climate answers in Peru

About 70% of the world’s tropical glaciers, already a rarity, are located in the highlands of Peru. But they are rapidly disappearing. Changes in Peru’s glacier area have been the focus of several research studies; one such study, in the journal The Cryosphere (published Sept. 30, 2019), reported a drastic reduction of almost 30% in the area covered […]

Addressing Covid-19 through AI, technology and big data

For a second year, the McDonnellAcademy and the Social Policy Institute partnered to provide seed grants for international research. The previous round supported three international social-policy focused projects. This year’s focus was on addressing the challenges of COVID-19 through artificial intelligence, technology, and big data. Three new projects were selected to receive seed funding of […]

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A tale of two forests could reveal path forward for saving endangered lemurs

To figure out how to best support these two endangered species — black-and-white ruffed lemurs and diademed sifakas — scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are joining up with researchers at the Saint Louis Zoo, Missouri Botanical Garden and Madagascar-based partners for an innovative research effort under the Living Earth Collaborative. Through the Eric P. […]

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School of Medicine develops faster, simpler test for COVID-19

A new saliva test to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been developed by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Results from the COVID-19 diagnostic test are available in a few hours and, ideally, able to be communicated to people tested within a day. Highly sensitive to detecting even tiny levels of […]

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