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From Anthropology:  environmental anthropologists study the ecological, political, and cultural aspects of global agriculture.

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We apply critical and creative thinking beyond the task at hand, testing new approaches to challenges facing our world. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

From Earth and Planetary Sciences: scientists are collaborating on a study of a volatile volcano and earthquake zone on the sea floor off the Alaskan peninsula (Photo: Krystian Tambur)

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Faculty Spotlight: Geoff Childs

Geoff Childs, a professor in the Department of Anthropology, uses anthropological demography to explore what happens to a community when the majority of young people move out for education.

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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.

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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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Would you be my neighbor?

Using survey data, sociologist Ariela Schachter has investigated how Americans think about race, immigration status, assimilation, and what it means to be ‘similar.’

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Obituary: William H. Gass, professor emeritus, 93

World-renowned author and literary critic William H. Gass, the David May Distinguished University Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at his home in University City, Mo. He was 93.

Welcome to WashU: Q&A with Tim Bartley

Bartley joined the sociology department this fall as a professor. He discusses his forthcoming book Rules Without Rights, his transition to St. Louis, and what's next.

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The university’s Police and Parking Services departments, in partnership with Hartmann’s Towing, once again will sponsor free vehicle inspections for students, faculty and staff from noon-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in the lower level of Millbrook Garage. The service is designed for those who anticipate traveling by car for winter break. Exams end Dec. 20. For more information, contact Sgt. Bob Wayne at 314-935-5084 or by email at robert.wayne@wustl.edu.

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Researchers can sign up for a training seminar to learn about university-funded data storage that soon will be available. The first Learn at Work seminar will take place Wednesday, Dec. 13.

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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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The Parking & Transportation team has rolled out a new long term parking strategy. The purpose of the new plan will help WashU better allocate current and future parking resources across campus, address key weaknesses in the current plan, and enhance alternative transportation during construction on the east end of the Danforth Campus.

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