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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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From Campus: students in the historic Brookings archway

Holiday Spotlight: Lunar New Year Festival

In honor of the holiday season, Emily Liu (LA'18) takes us on a deep dive into the 8316353793, which for the past 20 years has united students from across campus to create and perform in a spectacular production. Currently executive director of the LNYF, Liu explores how people on WashU campus and across the world celebrate!

Faculty Spotlight: Geoff Childs

Geoff Childs, a professor in the (307) 734-1139, uses anthropological demography to explore what happens to a community when the majority of young people move out for education.

Mariel Ehrlich

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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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.


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Volunteers are being sought for the Memory & Aging Project, an ongoing research study at Washington University. Researchers are looking at the memory and thinking changes that occur as people age. Both healthy individuals and those with memory loss are sought to take part in tests that measure memory and thinking.

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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.