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September 2020

What’s happening on and off campus today. For alumni, parents, and friends.


New method converts red bricks into storage units for electricity
Arts & Sciences chemists suggest that batterylike walls made of the abundant building material could power devices and provide emergency lighting.


Medical school scientists create nasal vaccine against COVID-19

In mice, one-dose delivery method via the nose produced stronger immune system response than intramuscular injection.

‘Class of COVID’: WashU faculty members prepare for fall semester
Instructors adapt in-person curricula for hybrid teaching by revisiting course goals and ways technology can help meet them.

Displaying family photos at work may decrease unethical behavior
Olin School researcher says employees who see images of loved ones are less likely to commit financial transgressions.

Regulations for minority and low-income lending may hurt borrowers
Finance professor finds that quantity-based compliance can lead to poor customer service and fraudulent mortgage practices.

School of Medicine team develops simple, fast COVID-19 saliva test
Highly sensitive test eliminates need for swabs, specialized lab supplies, enables rapid screening across large populations.

Grants to support WashU engineers building power plant of the future
Coal-burning facility will emit little carbon, supply reasonably priced electricity when wind and solar energy are unavailable.


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