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Centers & Initiatives

Interdisciplinary Centers and University-Wide Initiatives

"Responding to the challenges of the 21st century will require more interdisciplinary approaches to education, knowledge creation and the application of new knowledge. Collaborative efforts involving people with in-depth disciplinary strengths focused on complex problems are becoming essential to making progress on the most pressing challenges confronting our region, our nation and our world."

— Mark S. Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis


Washington University is bringing together faculty and students from across the campus to address important regional and global challenges through interdisciplinary centers and institutes as well as university-wide initiatives focused on

These university-wide undertakings reach beyond individual schools, flourishing in interdisciplinary environments in which faculty and student perspectives across disciplines address society’s most complex issues. As Washington University develops effective solutions to these social dilemmas of interest and concern to citizens and policymakers alike, the university’s quality and its local and global impact increase.

Addressing Complex Global
Challenges

Issues related to energy, environment and sustainability, globalism, public health, entrepreneurship, aging and civic engagement present major challenges for society in the 21st century. More than 450 University leaders, researchers and students from across the globe attended the 2010 McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environment Partnership Symposium: Global Energy Future in St. Louis.  This Symposium addressed ways to meet the world’s future energy needs.  The next McDonnell Academy global symposium will be held in Mumbai in December 2012. Learn More >

Improving the Health of the St. Louis Region
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An Institute for Public Health priority - Public health faculty scholar Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, talks with Catherine Hicks, a resident at Friendly Village Apartments in North St. Louis. Dr. Wilkins, who is also associate professor of medicine, psychiatry and surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine, directs the recently launched Center for Community Health and Partnerships at the Institute for Public Health.

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