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ARTS & SCIENCES brings together people who value discovery, engagement, and action. Tell us what you're curious about, and we'll help you make your mark:

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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We’re motivated by a desire to discover solutions to big problems. Tell us what you’re curious about, and we’ll help you make your mark:

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Rita Parai stands in front of the new mass spectrometer

Faculty Spotlight: Rita Parai

Rita Parai, an assistant professor in Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, talks about her work with noble gases and what WashU's new noble gas isotope ratio mass spectrometer will allow her to do.

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Student Spotlight: Reuben Siegman

Political science & religious studies major Reuben Siegman, LA'18, discusses his study abroad trip to Nepal and India where he studied religious education in Tibetan schools.

Joe Madison

Alumni Spotlight: Joe Madison

Joe Madison, AB '71, is a groundbreaking radio personality and civil rights activist. Known as “The Black Eagle,” Joe can be heard weekday mornings on SiriusXM’s Urban View. In 2015, Joe set a Guinness World Record for the longest on-air broadcast, 52 hours, which raised more than $200,000 for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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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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WashU Hosts Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literatures

Ignacio Infante, Tabea Linhard, and graduate student Gabriella Martin reflect on the recent conference and share their takeaways from the successful event.

Welcome to WashU: Q&A with Francisco Buera

Buera joined the faculty this fall and will soon be installed as the Sam B. Cook Professor of Economics. He talks about his research interests and his recent position at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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For the Arts & Sciences Community

The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is looking for volunteers ages 18 and up to participate in a variety of approved research studies. Most experiments are conducted in the Psychology Building on the Danforth Campus and volunteers are compensated for their time financially.

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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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