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From Antarctica:  scientists travel to McMurdo Station to study climate change and cosmic rays.

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Gerald Early

Faculty Spotlight: The history of black studies with Gerald Early

Professor Gerald Early recently oversaw African and African-American Studies’ transition from program to full-fledged department at WashU. Here, he talks about the student activism that kick-started black studies programs around the country. "I look back at that time now," he says, "and I don’t see the students being angry as much as I see an enormous kind of belief that this country could be better than it was, and that this country has an enormous potential to do good in the world and that it could change. And that can only come from people who have an incredible sense of optimism about where they live."

Mariel Ehrlich

Student Spotlight: Mariel Ehrlich

Mariel Ehrlich, a junior who is double majoring in sociology and Latin American studies, talks about her time abroad in Lima, Peru and how studying Spanish has changed her perspective on what it means to be a global citizen.

Adam Archibald

Graduate Student Spotlight: Adam Archibald

Scientists find gravity very puzzling. For one thing, they don’t understand why it is so weak; that is, why it takes so much stuff (like a planet’s worth) to generate much gravitational force. Perhaps, they say, it is leaking out of our universe. Physics graduate student Adam Archibald explains how this could be and describes an experiment to detect leaks.

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Monique Bedasse talks about Rastafarian politics, Pan-Africanism, Tanzanian repatriation, and her new book, "Jah Kingdom."

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For the Arts & Sciences Community

Nominations are open for the Gerry and Bob Virgil Ethic of Service Award which recognizes members of the Washington University community who exemplify service and contribution to the St. Louis region. Honorees include alumni, employees, retirees, students and volunteers. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

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Volunteers are being sought for the Memory & Aging Project, an ongoing research study at Washington University. Researchers are looking at the memory and thinking changes that occur as people age. Both healthy individuals and those with memory loss are sought to take part in tests that measure memory and thinking.

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Local Farmer CSA, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Human Resources, now offers CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) crop boxes on the Danforth Campus. Students, faculty and staff can sign up to take part, then pick up a box of fresh produce and other products every other Wednesday.

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