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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 Earth and Planetary Sciences:  students learn about the structure and history of the Earth on a field trip to the Southwest.

19thC Japanese book

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From the Libraries: scholars examine the content and material construction of 19th-century Japanese Stab Stitch binding (Credit: J. Byard)

Clock tower on South 40

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From Campus: students cross the South 40 residential area on their way to class

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Jasmine Brown, a biology major, and Camille "Mimi" Borders, a history major, are Washington University's newest Rhodes Scholars. The Ervin Scholars and sorority sisters leaned on each other during the intense application process for Rhodes and now are best friends. Here, the two show off their British slang, scholarly research and reflect on what it means to be role models.

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Professor Rebecca Messbarger, a cultural historian of early modern medicine and director of medical humanities, discusses the importance of the medical humanities as well as her own research into the life and work of Anna Morandi Manzolini (1714-1774). The history of medicine is “embedded in the DNA of contemporary medical science and medical practice,” she says. “In order to know who we are and what we’re doing, we absolutely have to know where we came from.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Jason Green

Ervin Scholar and alum Jason Green, AB '03, who majored in political science and finance as an undergraduate, reflects on the influence of the program's founder, the late Dean McLeod, to his personal growth and commitment to public service. Green would later go on to work as associate counsel to President Barack Obama, whom he advised on legal, economic and domestic policy matters. Today, he is co-founder, senior vice president and general counsel of SkillSmart, a platform that connects job seekers with the right skill sets and experiences.

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This year, consider volunteering at Commencement. We need you and your colleagues to guarantee that the ceremony proceeds with dignity and grace. Thank you in advance for your willing assistance and don’t forget to invite your university friends to join in the celebration.

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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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Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton encourages others to support students through Our Washington, the annual faculty and staff campaign component of Leading Together: The Campaign for Washington University. By making gifts and commitments, colleagues across campus can enhance their already valuable impact on the programs that mean the most to them. Such philanthropy provides critical resources such as new scholarships; facilities that advance learning and support research; and resources that support academic and scientific initiatives.

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