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William G. Powderly Installed as Larry J. Shapiro Director

William G. Powderly, MD, was installed as the Larry J. Shapiro Director of the Institute for Public Health during a ceremony on September 27, 2017 at the Eric P. Newman Education Center. Dr. Powderly is also the Dr. J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine.
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10th Annual Conference Summary

The Institute for Public Health’s annual conference and poster session provides an opportunity for students, academics, and professionals to expand their knowledge and network.
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Public Health Cubed Seed Funding (Cycle 2.0)

The Institute for Public Health has awarded Public Health-Cubed (PH3) grants to nine projects this fall.

PH3 is a rapid seed funding mechanism to support cross-disciplinary projects from the Institute’s faculty Scholars.

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The Institute Welcomes New Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research

The Institute for Public Health is pleased to announce that Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD, has joined the team as Co-Director of the Center for Community Health Partnership and Research. Dr. Thompson will join Drs. Angela Brown and Jane Garbutt as Co-Directors of the Center.
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Kurtzman named Peter Sortino Director of Gephardt Institute

Stephanie Kurtzman has been named the Peter Sortino Director of the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement at Washington University in St. Louis.
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Epharmix wins $50,000 in annual Global Impact Award

Epharmix, a health-care software startup created at Washington University, will receive $50,000 in equity-free funding as the 2016 winner of the Global Impact Award. The startup helps the sickest patients stay in touch with their care teams automatically.
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Startup Connection to showcase new businesses, innovation Nov. 16

Startup Connection — the region’s premier event supporting and promoting new businesses, innovation and entrepreneurship — returns to Washington University Nov. 16.
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Skandalaris Center announces new fund for startups

The university has launched a new venture-capital seed fund aimed at helping propel early-stage business ventures by students, faculty and recent alumni. The William Greenleaf Eliot Seed Fund is managed by the Skandalaris Center.
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Four teams vie for annual Global Impact Award

Finalists for the Global Impact Award will compete for up to $50,000 in funding plus mentoring next month. Learn more about the startups’ ideas and work to get this far. 
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I-CARES names Fike associate director

The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability (I-CARES) has named David Fike associate director and an I-CARES professor.
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High schoolers tackle systems of gun violence

A few dozen St. Louis area high school students gathered for a summit this summer to discuss how system dynamics can affect gun violence. The Brown School’s Ferguson Seed Fund and Social System Design Lab and the Institute for Public Health were sponsors.
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Helping educate the next generation of female leaders

Students, faculty and alumni are leading summer STEM workshops for 14 talented African-American high school girls through a program called Girls Inc. Eureka! 
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St. Louis, Entrepreneurial Boomtown

Metro areas all over the country are trying to nurture startups, without much luck. The Gateway City is succeeding. What’s its secret?
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WashU Competitions Launch New Companies
in St. Louis

In the startup world, competitions provide an array of opportunities for entrepreneurs to win funding as well as mentorship and training. Washington University in St. Louis just wrapped some of their biggest competitions this spring, appealing to a wide variety of entrepreneurs.
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University partnership leads to public-health program in Haiti

A partnership between Washington University and Université Publique du Nord au Cap-Haitien in Haiti has led to creation of a new public-health program. Set to begin enrollment this fall, it will be the country’s first undergraduate public-health degree program.
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New center aims to fill void in drug development

A crisis in drug development is approaching for illnesses that have major implications for public health. The university has formed a new Center for Drug Discovery, with the idea that academic institutions must contribute to research and development of new therapeutics.
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IDEA Labs hosts first national Demo Day

The student-led bioengineering and design incubator IDEA Labs will welcome student innovators from around the country to the first national Demo Day April 25. Students will demonstrate prototypes for their inventions to solve health-care problems.
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University joins Silk Road alliance

Washington University is the first North American member of the University Alliance of the Silk Road at Xi’an Jiaotong University (XJTU) in China. XJTU also joins the McDonnell International Scholars Academy. 
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Global health conference to highlight life-saving drugs, vaccines

Scientists from around the globe will meet April 15 for the fourth annual conference of the university’s Center for Global Health and Infectious Disease. Experts will discuss HIV, Zika virus, cancer drugs and global access.
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Center studies history, tools of biotech industry

Learn more about the Center for Research Innovation in Biotechnology and its director, Michael Kinch. The center has researched the history of drug discovery and development and is now looking at what factors lead to new medicines being approved.
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Community event to focus on research, responses to gun violence

One year after the launch of “Gun Violence: A Public Health Crisis,” members of the university community will gather Tuesday, April 5, to focus on “Research, Reflection and Responses.” The event will be from 4-7 p.m. in Knight Hall’s Emerson Auditorium.
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Boeing challenge announces winners

Student teams worked last fall on projects to commercialize Boeing patents in non-aerospace applications. The challenge, a partnership between the Skandalaris Center and Boeing’s Phantom Works Ventures, announced three winners from that round in December. A new round is getting underway.
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Bear Cub Challenge awardees announced

The Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship has awarded Bear Cub grants to two Washington University researchers: David T. Curiel, MD, PhD, and Nancy Tye-Murray, PhD. The next cycle of the Bear Cub Challenge will occur in late February and early March. Educational and training sessions are underway.
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ISP welcomes eight faculty fellows

The Institute for School Partnership (ISP) has eight new members in its Faculty Fellows program. The program brings together professors from a wide range of disciplines and honors and supports faculty research and work on behalf of K-12 education. The newest members hail from Arts & Sciences, the Brown School and the School of Engineering & Applied Science. 
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University startups well-represented among Arch Grants winners

Arch Grants recently announced its latest cohort of awardees, and once again, Washington University had a strong showing among the selected startups. Of the 11 businesses awarded $50,000 capital funding grants, four have direct ties to the university.
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Center for Health Economics and Policy launches

Washington University has launched the Center for Health Economics and Policy, which will be housed in the Institute for Public Health. The goal of the new center is to improve population health in America by encouraging health policy and economics research and dissemination.
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Public health threats focus of annual conference

Readiness for and recovery from public health threats will be highlighted Thursday, Nov. 19, at the eighth annual conference of the Institute for Public Health. Infectious disease outbreaks, natural disasters and civil unrest are among the topics that will be addressed.
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McDonnell International Scholars Academy celebrates 10-year anniversary

On its 10-year anniversary, the university’s McDonnell International Scholars Academy has much to celebrate: a strong network of 29 partner research universities around the world, 67 scholars in residence, 72 academy alumni and countless collaborations and connections. The McDonnell Academy is hosting an alumni workshop today through Sunday, Nov. 8.
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Global Impact Award winner selected

Now in its second year, the Suren G. Dutia and Jas K. Grewal Global Impact Award is given to university-based entrepreneurs who use technology to solve real-world problems. A total of 19 teams entered this year’s competition, and the winner of the $50,000 prize, announced Nov. 2, is Applied Particle Technology.
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Washington University startups have staying power, new research shows

Washington University startups are having an impact on the St. Louis community. Research from the Skandalaris Center shows just how much the university has helped foster entrepreneurship and innovation. A unique course at Olin called the Hatchery, taught by Clifford Holekamp, has led to this success.
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University and Cortex reach unique core facilities partnership

The Cortex Innovation Community and Washington University have agreed to a unique partnership that will give startup companies access to core research facilities. Such equipment and expertise are critical to bioscience companies’ growth and success.
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Students connect service to studies

Engineering students traveled to Guatemala this summer to fix medical equipment at the nation’s largest public hospital. Washington University Guatemala Initiative is one of several student groups that conducts meaningful service abroad with the Gephardt Institute’s support.
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Washington People: Enola Proctor

Enola Proctor, PhD, has spent her academic career focused on one central question: How can we ensure the highest quality of care for all in need? Her work at the Brown School is hugely important in speeding the adoption and delivery of critical medical care and in reducing disparities in health care.
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Startup Connection highlights commitment to entrepreneurship, innovation

Washington University will host Startup Connection, St. Louis’ largest event for early-stage startups, on Nov. 18. Nearly a third of the companies taking part this year have direct ties to the university, highlighting the depth of the school’s commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation efforts.
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IDEA Labs student entrepreneurs schooled on key to success

About 200 Washington University students in medicine, engineering and business recently gathered in the Cortex Innovation District for a networking event known as “Problem Day.” The event kicked off a seven-month effort for student entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions to problems that plague doctors and patients.
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Hillman Hall more than doubles Brown School’s teaching, research and program space

Hillman Hall, the newest academic building on the Danforth Campus, was formally dedicated Oct. 2. At approximately 105,000 square feet, it more than doubles the Brown School’s teaching, research and program space. Targeted for LEED Platinum certification, the building design emphasizes health and wellness, diversity, energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
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Wertsch named David R. Francis Distinguished Professor

James V. Wertsch, PhD, founding director of one of the most successful and innovative global scholarship programs in the world, has been named the inaugural David R. Francis Distinguished Professor. Wertsch is vice chancellor for international affairs and director of the McDonnell International Scholars Academy.
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Symposium to address climate change and extinction

Leading international figures in climate change research, including Peter Raven, PhD, of Arts & Sciences, will gather on the Danforth Campus tomorrow and Friday, Sept. 10-11, to examine climate change and what it could mean to future biodiversity. The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy and Sustainability is host for the symposium.
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Skandalaris Center-Boeing partnership offers students entrepreneurial challenge

The Skandalaris Center has formed a unique partnership with Boeing’s Phantom Works Ventures, an entrepreneurial arm of the corporation. Students will have an opportunity to commercialize Boeing patents in non-aerospace applications. Information sessions are scheduled beginning Friday, Aug. 28.
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Gephardt Institute renews mission to address community issues, shared problems

The Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a new name, new initiatives and new funding for its acclaimed Civic Scholars program. The mission, however, remains: engaging citizens and building strong communities.
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Class Acts: Hooked on entrepreneurship

Joe McDonald has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and he has nurtured it during his time at Washington University. His involvement with IDEA Labs, a bioengineering design incubator based at the School of Medicine, helped spark his interest in being an entrepreneur. He’ll graduate next week with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering and an MBA.
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New research institute to tackle ageing issues

The Next Age Institute (NAI) is an academic partnership between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Washington University in St Louis (WUSTL) in the United States.
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Paying it forward: University, Wells Fargo Advisors partner for a better world

A unique, transforming partnership between Washington University and Wells Fargo Advisors will be celebrated in a special event called “Innovate, Accelerate, Transform: Investing in People, Businesses and Communities.” It begins at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, in Knight Hall on the Danforth Campus. The free event is open to the university community.
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Painting of city

How does climate change affect you?

Researchers across Washington University are studying climate science in fields from engineering to anthropology to medicine. Here, several explain what they’re seeing in their fields of study — and what it means for the future.
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Strive for College student mentors

Strive for College helps thousands navigate college application process

About 120 Washington University students help mentor local high school students through the college application process in a national mentoring program called Strive for College. A group of Rodriguez Scholars started the program on the WashU campus in 2007. On Monday, Feb. 16, local high school participants will visit the university to shadow their mentors.
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The Office of Technology Management

Innovation-friendly Quick Start License launches

Washington University is launching the Quick Start License, a new tool that helps clear the path for faculty and staff to launch startup companies and accelerate the pace of bringing innovations to the marketplace.
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Olin Cup trophy

Financial tool developer wins Olin Cup

The top prize in the 2015 Olin Cup competition was awarded to Love Will Inc., a developer of virtual currency-based financial tools, at an awards ceremony last week. Four 2014 WashU graduates founded the company.
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Student opening the Bear-y Sweet Shoppe

Bear-y Sweet Shoppe opens on South 40

After a year of planning, the Bear-y Sweet Shoppe opened this month on Gregg Walkway on the South 40. The Student Entrepreneurial Program (StEP), which has provided students resources and guidance since 1999, supports the business. The candy shop is the first StEP business to sell food, use crowdfunding and to be founded exclusively by women.
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Jason Silberman

Civic Scholars program develops engaged citizens

Jason Silberman, a senior in Arts & Sciences, spent his summer working to develop guidelines to better prepare doctors for treating patients with disabilities. The project was part of Silberman’s training as a Civic Scholar, an initiative of the Gephardt Institute for Public Service. Applications for the Class of 2017 cohort are due Feb. 2.
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YouthBridge logo

YouthBridge competition invites entrants

The YouthBridge Social Enterprise and Innovation Competition is marking its 10th anniversary. The competition, a partnership with the Skandalaris Center, encourages nonprofits to create earned-income models for sustainability, rather than relying on grants and donations. Entries are due Monday, Jan. 5.
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Olin Cup trophy

Olin Cup finalists offer innovative solutions, compete for top prize

Ten finalists in the 2014 Olin Cup Competition are offering novel solutions to real-world challenges and will vie for $70,000 in seed money to start a new company. The Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship sponsors the Olin Cup.
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Two people holding hands

When I’m 64: Imagining the future of aging

Today’s freshmen have a 50 percent chance of living to see their 100th birthdays. They are in the middle of a demographic revolution that will shape every aspect of their lives. A new interdisciplinary course, “When I’m Sixty-Four: Transforming Your Future,” aims to prepare students for this revolution and to encourage them to examine their present and future lives in more detail.
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Tom Cohen

Pipeline Fellowship opens to St. Louis entrepreneurs

The program works like a support group for entrepreneurs in the Midwest.
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Dedric Carter

University helps bring Pipeline to St. Louis

The university has helped bring the Pipeline Entrepreneurial Fellowship to St. Louis. Dedric Carter, PhD, associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, says Wash U is proud to help rising entrepreneurial stars connect. Now, qualified St. Louisans can apply to be Pipeline Fellows.
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For The Sake Of All

Study focuses on the health and well-being of African Americans

A new comprehensive, multi-disciplinary study titled For the Sake of All focuses on the health and well-being of African Americans in St. Louis. The research findings and a series of related policy briefs culminated in a report and community conference in 2014, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
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The Seigle family

​​New Seigle Suite highlights Institute for Public Health’s presence on Danforth Campus

The Institute for Public Health serves as an important bridge across campus, connecting all seven schools to strengthen WUSTL’s impact on public health. Currently, the institute’s sole facility is on the Medical Campus. But thanks to alumnus and university trustee Harry Seigle (AB ’68) (center) and his wife, Susan, the institute soon will also have a home in the new Brown School building, slated for completion next year.
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Emre Toker

​Toker appointed managing director of Skandalaris

Emre Toker has been appointed managing director of the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Toker has been an entrepreneurship senior mentor-in-residence at the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. His appointment is effective Aug. 15, said Provost H. Holden Thorp, PhD.
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US India joint EMBA 

​First U.S.-India joint EMBA program launches

WUSTL and the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have announced a joint Executive MBA program aimed at the international executive. The new program is the first of its kind to confer an MBA degree from both an Indian and an American university and will be modeled after WUSTL’s highly ranked EMBA in China and the U.S.
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Ambika Subramaniam 

​Class Acts: sparking innovation

From starting new businesses to creating new campus traditions to reimagining the urban landscape, WUSTL students have put their innovative ideas into practice. In the third installment of a five-part series, we celebrate graduating students, among them furniture designer Ambika Subramaniam, and their groundbreaking ideas.
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A team of students

​IDEA Labs teams unveil medical innovations

IDEA Labs is a student-run bioengineering design incubator that brings together students from across WUSTL to solve problems in health care with innovative solutions. The interdisciplinary teams presented their prototypes, including this chair for spinal tap procedures, at IDEA Labs’ Demo Day last month.
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Gephardt Institute logo

​Gephardt Institute selects new cohort of Civic Scholars

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service selected eight sophomores for its fourth cohort of the Civic Scholars Program. Civic Scholars enroll in two years of academic coursework related to civic leadership and are mentored to prepare for a life dedicated to public service. They also complete a civic project the summer before senior year.
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Phillip Williams

​Class Acts: achieving excellence

WUSTL students have been recognized across the globe for their accomplishments in science, art, business, medicine, engineering, social work and law. In the second installment of a five-part series, we showcase a sampling of achievements by graduating students, including poet Phillip Williams.
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​Wash U student startup Farmplicity finds a buyer

Farmplicity, a Washington University based startup company, is being bought by Sunfarm Food Service.
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Alaina Smith 

​Virgil Award winner helps victims — and perpetrators — of domestic violence

Senior Alaina Smith works as a court advocate with the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court and as a facilitator at RAVEN, a batterer intervention program. Smith is among this year’s Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award winners.
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Ban Ki-moon meeting with students

​McDonnell International Scholars Academy students visit New York, meet leaders

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with WUSTL’s McDonnell Academy scholars earlier this month. During a spring break trip to New York, the scholars also met a former Federal Reserve chairman and other leaders in media, politics and finance.
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Abigail Cohen and Andrew Brimer 

St. Louis entrepreneur to present at United Nations

Abigail Cohen and Andrew Brimer, co-founders of St. Louis-based startup Sparo Labs, will present at the United Nations headquarters in New York City as part of the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum in early May.
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Jas Grewal and Suren Dutia

Dutia, Grewal Global Impact Award aims to inspire entrepreneurs, innovators

Jas K. Grewal (left) and Suren G. Dutia have established the Global Impact Award in the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.  The endowed fund will receive $1 million, and another $25,000 will fund awards made this academic year. The awards will support business ventures aimed at catalyzing social change. Applications are due March 24.
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Olin Cup trophy

Nanopore Diagnostics wins Olin Cup

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antimicrobial resistance is one of our most serious health threats, with infections from resistant bacteria becoming far too common. Part of the problem is over-prescription of antibiotics. The winner of this year’s Olin Cup, Nanopore Diagnostics, hopes to change that.
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Clifford Holekamp

Clifford Holekamp

Giving students a front-row seat to the startup revolution
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David Holtzman and Randall Bateman

Holtzman, Bateman to receive chancellor’s
innovation award

David M. Holtzman, MD (left), and Randall J. Bateman, MD, have been chosen as co-recipients of the Chancellor’s Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. They will accept the honor during the Faculty Achievement Awards Saturday, Dec. 7.
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Joshua Aiken

WUSTL senior named Rhodes Scholar

Joshua Aiken, a senior in Arts & Sciences, was one of 32 Americans chosen Nov. 23 as a Rhodes Scholar. Considered among the world’s most prestigious academic awards, Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England. Aiken plans to study the experience of refugees and asylum seekers.
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David Clifford

IDEA Labs bridges medical, engineering gapIDEA Labs bridges medical, engineering gap

School of Medicine faculty recently presented about 20 ideas to WUSTL students during IDEA Labs’ inaugural “Problem Day” in hopes that they might be able to devise solutions. IDEA Labs — or Innovation, Design and Engineering in Action — is a bioengineering design incubator founded last year as a joint venture of the medical and engineering schools and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.
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Debra Haire-Joshu and Joyce Wood

Haire-Joshu is named Joyce Wood Professor

Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, an internationally renowned researcher in obesity and diabetes prevention, has been installed as the first Joyce Wood Professor. This is also the university’s first endowed professorship in public health. Haire-Joshu (left) is pictured with Wood.
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Farm land

With Farmplicity, the farm-to-table movement meets the 21st century

Wouldn't it be great if buying locally farmed food were as easy as clicking "buy now" on Amazon? The creators of Farmplicity think so, too.
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Entrepreneurship ingrained in students early

New WUSTL students interested in entrepreneurship had the chance to get their feet wet even before classes began. The IDEA program, from the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, introduces students to WUSTL’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, allowing them to connect with each other and with upperclassmen during a weeklong orientation program.​
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Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen

Medical startup hatched at WUSTL going strong

​Andrew Brimer and Abigail Cohen, May graduates of the School of Engineering & Applied Science and co-founders of the med-tech startup Sparo Labs, have won the $150,000 CIMIT Student Technology Prize for Primary Care, bringing their total competition winnings to more than $275,000. Their company aims to help patients more effectively manage asthma.
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Peter Raven

WUSTL launches climate change initiative,
to be led by Raven

WUSTL is launching an initiative aimed at expanding scientific research, education and public understanding of global climate change. A signature initiative of I-CARES, the project will be led by Peter H. Raven, PhD, the George Engelmann Professor of Botany Emeritus in Arts & Sciences and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
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Public Health textbook

Educating public health’s problem-solvers

Widespread social problems are nothing new, yet solutions today require a different, more innovative approach. A new book, Transdis-ciplinary Public Health: Research, Education, and Practice (edited by the Brown School’s Debra Haire-Joshu, PhD, and Timothy McBride, PhD) aims to fill that void, laying out a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.
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Himadri Pakrasi 

WUSTL biologists aim for farming revolution: plants that make their own fertilizer

Much of modern agriculture relies on compounds called “fixed” nitrogen made by an industrial process developed in 1909. Biologist Himadri Pakrasi, PhD, wants to design a better system. His idea is to put the apparatus for fixing nitrogen in plant cells, the same cells that help capture energy in sunlight. The National Science Foundation just awarded Pakrasi and his team $3.87 million to explore this idea.
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Sarah Haselkorn

​WUSTL bucks global trend in female entrepreneurship

A recent report from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor indicates there are significantly fewer female than male entrepreneurs world-wide. But this isn’t the case among recent WUSTL graduates. Women have founded more than 40 percent of successful companies started through WUSTL’s business entrepreneurship courses. Pictured is alumna Sarah Haselkorn, founder of Green Bean restaurant.
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William Powderly

Powderly named director of WUSTL’s Institute
for Public Health

William G. Powderly, MD, the J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine and co-director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine, has been named director of the Institute for Public Health, according to Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton.
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Nick Franano

Entrepreneur: Every day is a burning boat

In the Kansas City biotech world, Dr. Nick Franano is the poster child for success.
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Olin Cup winners

First all-undergraduate team among Olin Cup winners

Three teams — including the first all-undergraduate team to place — earned a total of $140,000 during the annual Olin Cup commercial business plan competition finals Jan. 30. One of the winning teams, MMBiosensing LLC (right), patented a new method of detecting heart attacks.

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