Ampersand Magazine

Sharing stories of the incredible people, research, and ideas in Arts & Sciences

Fall 2023 Issue

The Ampersand magazine shares stories of incredible people, research, and ideas in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. It is published semiannually and distributed to alumni, faculty, students, staff, and friends of Arts & Sciences.

The Fall 2023 issue includes stories on:

  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Phillips
  • A popular undergraduate course on the art and science of cancer care
  • Faculty research on the evolving nature of work
  • A record-breaking year for faculty research funding

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Additional Stories

The art and science of cancer care

A popular Ampersand program for first-year students is preparing the physicians of the future to understand the scientific and social aspects of cancer.

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Inside Arts & Sciences' record-breaking year for grant funding

Arts & Sciences reached new heights in 2023, bringing in the most external grant funding in school history and fueling a year of unprecedented discovery across disciplines.

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The physicist in the NICU

For the last five years, Nara Higano, PhD ’17, has been using her knowledge of protons and electromagnetism to improve the lives of premature infants at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

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Presidential prose

Graduate student Ben Noble’s research on the American presidency has launched him into the political science spotlight and landed him a job at one of the top universities in his field.

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Finding voice abroad

WashU’s immersive Summer Language Institute helps students hone their language skills and step outside of their comfort zones. Alexis Bentz writes about her "magical" summer in Spain and the experiences that pushed her to make small talk — and big talk — with locals.

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Photo essay: Researching retirement in the Himalayas

Sociocultural anthropologist Geoff Childs shares photos from his research in Nepal, where he has spent decades studying demographic trends in a highland Buddhist community.

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A distinguished legacy

A new distinguished professorship honors Hungarian-born author and journalist Bela Kornitzer. His life and career inspired his niece, a longtime WashU supporter, to keep his legacy alive.

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A final gift

With the Banjanin Family Scholarship, beloved Russian professor Milica Banjanin and her husband created a legacy that will support the next generation of student scholars.

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The ‘life-changing’ power of Arts & Sciences programs for high school students

High schoolers have many opportunities to work with Arts & Sciences faculty members, conduct research, and take college-level courses — experiences that often go on to kickstart careers.

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Past Issues

Spring 2023 — Features stories on cutting-edge plant research, the relationship between technology and the mind, and the Divided City Initiative.

Fall 2022 — Features stories on environmental injustice, social media bots, and the digital mental health revolution.

Spring 2022 — Features stories on the beauty and power of disorder, using big data to study housing segregation, and the Arts & Sciences Strategic Plan.

Fall 2021 — Features stories on restorative justice in a University City school, the science of living with purpose, and the career of Meenakshi Wadhwa, PhD '94.