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Each year in the U.S., severe bleeding from trauma results in approximately 30,000 preventable deaths. School of Medicine researchers have developed synthetic red blood cells that could be mixed with water to function as a blood substitute. Such a treatment would reduce the number of fatalities by stabilizing victims until they are able to receive traditional blood transfusions. (Above: Allan Doctor, MD, Professor of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, left, and Shivam Shah, PhD ’16)

Researchers at the School of Engineering & Applied Science and in Arts & Sciences are gaining new understanding of how carbon dioxide gas can be converted to solid, inert mineral in a series of carbon sequestration experiments using volcanic basalt rock as an abatement agent.

Driven by strong student interest and with the financial backing of alumni, the award-winning clinical education program at the School of Law added an Immigration Clinic. Every year, students gain invaluable experience by offering more than 100,000 hours of free legal services to underserved populations through 19 domestic and international clinical opportunities.

The St. Louis-based Koch family has established the Koch Center for Family Business at Olin Business School to highlight the complexities of family business and study why most do not survive past the second or third generation of family ownership and management. The center also will serve the St. Louis business community by providing training, resources, and programs to foster best practices for family-run businesses.

Washington University is partnering with the St. Louis Teacher Residency program to help reduce teacher turnover and improve teacher quality in high-need K–12 schools. University College student participants will work with experienced teacher mentors while earning graduate teaching degrees.

The Brown School’s I’m First program is helping first-generation students—those who were the first in their families to graduate from college or are the first to attend graduate school—transition into and succeed in their programs. These students often need additional support in navigating processes and procedures, connecting with peers, and accessing resources.

To better understand how art and design shape our increasingly urban and interconnected world,
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts students participated in study-abroad experiences in Florence, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, and Kigali. As part of an extensive international education program, students develop cultural and professional adaptation skills and begin to recognize the importance of place-based practices.

The John M. Olin Library, already a hub of learning and research on the Danforth Campus, gained museum-quality exhibition spaces as part of the Olin Library Transformation project. The new spaces allow the University Libraries to showcase more of their 1,000 special collections, including a rare broadside copy of the Declaration of Independence.


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