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Newark Mayor Cory Booker addresses graduates at Commencement 2013


Students’ low-cost medical device wins inaugural Discovery Competition​


New study examines social isolation of young adults with autism spectrum disorder



Missing link in Parkinson’s disease found


Faulty memory finds a new culprit

Engineering professor working to help bridges withstand natural disasters



A play of perception


Hatchery course helps fuel student start-up companies ​ ​

Drones may violate international law




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“Our vision must be bold. It must be great. It must drive us to do the impossible things, but it also must be focused on the true call of citizenship: To be an exemplar of your values, to live your truth, to be authentic in your spirit, and to join with others in substantive ways to take on this world’s challenges.


~ Newark Mayor Cory Booker during his Commencement address on May 17 in Brookings Quadrangle




Stephen M. Beverley, PhD,


the Marvin A. Brennecke Professor of Molecular Microbiology and chair of the Department of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Medicine, Robert D. Schreiber, PhD, Alumni Endowed Professor of Pathology and Immunology and professor of molecular microbiology in the School of Medicine, and co-leader of the Tumor Immunology Program at Siteman Cancer Center, and Joan E. Strassmann, PhD, professor of biology in the College of Arts & Sciences, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Election to the academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

Timothy J. Eberlein, MD,


director of the Siteman Cancer Center, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor, the Bixby Professor and chairman of the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine, has been named vice chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network board of directors. The network, which comprises 23 of the world’s leading cancer centers, develops and updates guidelines for treating breast, lung, prostate and other types of cancer.

Elliot L. Elson, PhD,


the Alumni Endowed Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Fellows are selected through a competitive process that recognizes individuals who have made prominent contributions to their disciplines and society.

Richard H. Gelberman, MD,


the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and head of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine, and James V. Wertsch, PhD, vice chancellor for international affairs, director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy and the Marshall S. Snow Professor in Arts & Sciences, have received the university’s 2013 faculty achievement awards.

Kelle H. Moley, MD,


the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the School of Medicine, has been elected president of the Society of Gynecologic Investigation (SGI). The SGI is an international society that aims to inspire investigation of global problems in women’s reproductive health through achievements in discovery, transferring new knowledge and training future scholars.

John C. Morris, MD,


the Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Distinguished Professor of Neurology in the School of Medicine and director of the Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, received the Alzheimer’s Association’s Medical and Scientific Award for 2013. Among other accomplishments, Morris's research team refined the Clinical Dementia Rating system, which is now the standard clinical measure for staging of dementia.

Stephanie N. Rodriguez, Beverly A. Tsacoyianis and Sha-Lai L. Williams,


doctoral candidate in the Divison of Biology and Biomedical Services in Arts & Sciences, doctoral candidate in the Department of History in Arts & Sciences, and a 2013 PhD graduate of the Brown School, respectively, were inducted into the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. The Bouchet Society recognizes outstanding scholarly achievement and promotes diversity and excellence in doctoral education and the professoriate.

Susan I. Rotroff, PhD,


the Jarvis Thurston and Mona Van Duyn Professor in the Humanities and director of undergraduate studies in the Department of Classics in Arts & Sciences, and Leigh E. Schmidt, PhD, the Edward Mallinckrodt University Professor in Arts & Sciences and professor of humanities, were selected for prestigious fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. The Guggenheim fellowship is awarded based on prior achievement and exceptional promise.








University News


‘Be first class,’ focus on small acts of kindness, Newark Mayor Cory Booker tells graduates




IMAGE: Joe Angeles



Cory Booker, the mayor of Newark, N.J., addressed Washington University graduates at the May 17 Commencement, encouraging them to focus on character... more


Students’ low-cost medical device wins inaugural Discovery Competition


A low-cost medical device targeted at improving world health has taken the top prize in the School of Engineering & Applied Science’s first Discovery Competition... more


New study examines social isolation of young adults with autism spectrum disorder


A recent study in the Brown School focuses on the effects autism spectrum disorder has on the social lives of high school students and young adults... more



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Missing link in Parkinson’s disease found


A mouse heart (in gray) and a fruit fly heart (superimposed in color) show signs of heart failure caused by molecules that also play roles in Parkinson's disease.


IMAGE: Gerald W. Dorn II, MD

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine have described a missing link in understanding how damage to the body’s cellular power plants leads to Parkinson’s disease and, perhaps surprisingly, to some forms of heart failure... more


A new culprit for faulty memory


An interdisciplinary study in the School of Medicine and the College of Arts & Sciences suggests that the way older adults perceive life events can hurt their ability to remember... more


Engineering professor working to help bridges withstand natural disasters


Professor Chenyang Lu, PhD, has teamed with colleagues at Purdue University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to develop a unique wireless system to control bridges and other structures... more



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A play of perception




A Play of Perception by Sarah Theis. Installed in Mooney Park, it is one of five works included in the 2013 University City Sculpture Series.


IMAGE: James Byard/WUSTL Photo Services


The annual University City Sculpture Series provides Sam Fox School students with an opportunity to develop works of public art. Winning projects are constructed and unveiled in the city... more


Hatchery course helps fuel student start-up companies ​ ​


The Hatchery, offered by Olin Business School but open to all students, is one of the first business courses in the country to use multidisciplinary team collaboration, mentoring and coaching to support entrepreneurial students as they launch enterprises while in college... more


Drones may violate international law


Leila Sadat, JD, international law expert and professor of law at Washington University, argues that targeted killing by unmanned planes may violate international humanitarian law. Legalities aside, she also questions whether it promotes U.S. interests abroad... more



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