Stories of Incredible People, Research, Learning, and Leadership in Arts & Sciences
Reimagining power relations: non-hierarchical social complexity at Poverty Point
Students attend 27th annual U.N. climate change conference
Since 2011, Washington University students have attended the annual United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP) to learn more about the international climate negotiations. In November, they returned from Sharem El Sheik, Egypt, with fresh insight into the global and interdisciplinary complexity of the crisis.
Arts & Sciences in the News:
Flora Cassen | Slate
Michael Frachetti | Discover Magazine
Zhao Ma | KMOX Radio
‘Humans of Tyson’ project highlighted at statewide conference
Voicing politics: How language impacts political opinions
Findings from 3,000-year-old Uluburun shipwreck reveal complex trade network
In the first episode of “It’s Getting Hot in Here,” a podcast created by the Washington University Climate Change Program, student hosts Lara Briggs, Sejal Rajamani, and Julian McCall are joined by Cassie Power and Amanda Albert to discuss climate literacy.
Rafia Zafar joins the Poetry for All podcast to discuss "We Wear the Mask" by the great poet and writer Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906). Zafar leads us in a discussion of Dunbar's fame and influence while opening up broader themes of African American history and literature
The fifth episode of the American Democracy Lab podcast features author, lecturer, and journalist Anne Nelson discussing the eroding trust in our democracy.
news and events from Arts & Sciences / WashU
Jackrel awarded grant to study proteins linked to ALS
The relentless neurological disease amyotrophic lateral...Read more
Kashua’s novel adapted into award-winning film
A still from “Let It Be Morning,” based on the...Read more
Penczykowski wins NSF CAREER award
Rachel Penczykowski, an assistant professor of biology in...Read more
A river runs through itScientists at Washington University in St. Louis are using state-of-the-art geospatial technologies to study bedrock river erosion at Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, located about two hours southwest of the Danforth Campus.
Our world by degrees: In search of refugeResearchers look at whether Ozark oases at Tyson Research Center — climate change refugia — could help species persist in spite of rising temperatures.
Keep up with the Ampersand
A semester of songs and stories
From a cappella performances to a class on humor writing, senior Melissa Oberstaedt shares some of her favorite moments from the fall semester.
The joy of realizing your science job is also a people job
The new chair of the Department of Chemistry envisions a future for the department that’s “all about people.”
How I chose my major
Sophomore Lorenzo Prila writes about how he followed his instincts and overcame his fear of the unknown on his academic journey. Students in Arts & Sciences are invited to consider their own path to the major at the fall Major-Minor Fair, to be held Oct. 17.
The icing on the cake: Biologist applies epigenetics to challenges in medicine, agriculture
Xuehua Zhong studies epigenetics — how genes are turned ‘on’ or ‘off’ — and environmental adaptation in plants. A new project, funded by a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, will ultimately enable new applications for medicine and human health.