Washington University http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Washington University Student Protest Continues http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/washington-university-student-protest-continues <p></p><p>Monday marks the seventh day that a group of students at Washington University has conducted a sit-in on campus to protest the school’s relationship with Peabody Energy.</p><p>The coal company’s president and CEO, Greg Boyce, sits on the university’s board of trustees. Peabody and other companies help fund research at the college’s Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization.</p><p>Student Jamal Sadrud-Din says Peabody’s activities harm both the environment and vulnerable communities.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:19:55 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 35260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Washington University Student Protest Continues Students Want Washington University To Cut Peabody Ties http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/students-want-washington-university-cut-peabody-ties <p>Nicholas Curry's sleeping arrangement has changed a bit over the last couple of days.</p><p>Curry, a junior at Washington University, has been camping out in a tent near Brookings Hall. It's part of a "sit-in" to get Washington University to cut ties with Peabody Energy, a large coal company that's headquartered in St. Louis.&nbsp;</p><p>"I slept out here with my dog Max," Curry said. "So, we spent the night here last night, and we'll be here tonight."</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:41:04 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum & Nora Ibrahim 35167 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Students Want Washington University To Cut Peabody Ties Online College Course Consortium Collapses http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/online-college-course-consortium-collapses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After failing to make the grade with professors at Washington University, <a href="http://semesteronline.org/">Semester Online</a> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">is going offline for good.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:30:12 +0000 Dale Singer 35028 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Online College Course Consortium Collapses After Nearly 25 Years, Washington U. Will Bring Back Sociology http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/after-nearly-25-years-washington-u-will-bring-back-sociology <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Depending on who is telling the story, Washington University dropped its sociology department in 1991 because it was filled with radical thinkers or because it was not strong enough academically.</span></p><p>Or maybe it was a little of both.</p><p>Either way, the university <a href="https://news.wustl.edu/news/Pages/26681.aspx">announced this week</a>&nbsp;that it will be bringing the department back, with some classes in the field possibly offered as early as this fall.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:42:17 +0000 Dale Singer 34724 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org After Nearly 25 Years, Washington U. Will Bring Back Sociology Daylight Saving Time: More Trouble Than It's Worth? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/daylight-saving-time-more-trouble-its-worth <p>If you’re feeling tired due to the daylight savings shift, you’re not alone. One researcher at Washington University says the time change may cause more problems than it solves.</p><p></p><p>Erik Herzog studies the biological clocks of mammals. He says several studies have shown that&nbsp;daylight saving is hard on us humans, especially the “spring ahead.”&nbsp;Effects like sleep deprivation result in increased traffic accidents for three days after the time change.</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 34272 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Daylight Saving Time: More Trouble Than It's Worth? Whole Genome Sequencing Is Here To Stay. What Does That Mean For Genetic Privacy? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/whole-genome-sequencing-here-stay-what-does-mean-genetic-privacy <p><em>Originally published on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Updated to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.</em></p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:17:32 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 34000 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Whole Genome Sequencing Is Here To Stay. What Does That Mean For Genetic Privacy? New Washington U. Provost Likes Being 'Mr. Inside' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-washington-u-provost-likes-being-mr-inside <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Seated in his office on the second floor of Brookings Hall on the eastern edge of the Washington University campus, Provost Holden Thorp has a pretty good metaphor for what his job entails compared with that of university Chancellor Mark </span>Wrighton<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>“You can see the chancellor’s office is across the hall,” Thorp said in a recent interview. “His office faces the park and the Arch and downtown. My office is on this side and faces out to the old quad.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 04:36:30 +0000 Dale Singer 33773 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Washington U. Provost Likes Being 'Mr. Inside' Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Conversation With Wash U's Debra Haire-Joshu http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/preventing-childhood-obesity-conversation-wash-us-debra-haire-joshu <p>Obesity <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/facts.html">has increased dramatically</a> in the United States over the past several decades.</p><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/stateprograms/fundedstates/missouri.html">In Missouri</a>, almost two-thirds of <a href="http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/adult-overweightobesity-rate/#table">adults</a> ― and more than a quarter of <a href="http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/overweightobese-children/">children and teens</a> ― are either overweight or obese.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 31219 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Preventing Childhood Obesity: A Conversation With Wash U's Debra Haire-Joshu Wash U Study Confirms Medication, Lifestyle Changes Safer Than Surgery For Some Stroke Patients http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-study-confirms-medication-lifestyle-changes-safer-surgery-some-stroke-patients <p>Research led by Washington University confirms that medication and lifestyle changes are safer and more effective at preventing certain strokes than surgery.</p><p>Most <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/preventing_stroke.htm">strokes</a> are caused by a reduction in blood flow to the brain ― usually from a blocked artery in the heart or neck. In about a tenth of cases,<a href="http://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Patients/Health-Conditions/Cerebral-Artery-Stenosis.aspx"> a narrowed brain artery</a> is to blame.</p> Sat, 26 Oct 2013 13:01:00 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 30938 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U Study Confirms Medication, Lifestyle Changes Safer Than Surgery For Some Stroke Patients Wash U., SLU Study Finds Physical, Mental Health Play 'Surprising' Role In High School Dropout Rates http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wash-u-slu-study-finds-physical-mental-health-play-surprising-role-high-school-dropout-rates <p>A multi-disciplinary study released today finds that in relation to school dropout rates, health plays a bigger role than one might think.</p><p>The study is part of &lsquo;<a href="http://forthesakeofall.org/">For The Sake of All</a>,&rsquo; a five part series from Washington University and Saint Louis University that focuses on the health of African Americans in the St. Louis region.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:44:26 +0000 Erin Williams 30171 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wash U., SLU Study Finds Physical, Mental Health Play 'Surprising' Role In High School Dropout Rates