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Research Labs
6:17 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

National Report Led By Wash U Provost Promotes Chemical Safety At Universities

Credit U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A new national report says more should be done to promote the safe use of chemicals at universities.

Washington University Provost Holden Thorp chaired the committee that wrote the National Research Council report.

He said the group sought to take lessons learned from safety incidents in fields such as health care, aviation and manufacturing, and apply them to academic chemistry research.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Are You Studying Effectively? What Wash U's 'Science Of Memory' Tells Us About The Best Way To Learn

Credit via Flckr/Caleb Cherry

In an era where high-stakes tests have increased concern over test anxiety and introduced debate over the merits of teaching to the test, it may seem odd to promote a teaching method called “test-enhanced learning.”

But according to research conducted by psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, the best way to improve learning may be taking more tests, not fewer. The researchers studying memory have found that incorporating quizzes and self-tests into the learning process increase the amount of material students are able to remember long-term.

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Science Research
4:30 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Sequestration Budget Cuts Hit St. Louis Scientists

Rachel Delston works with cancer cells in the lab at Confluence Life Sciences.
(Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin/St. Louis Public Radio)

It has been just over three months since the federal spending cuts known as sequestration first took effect.

A handful of programs were spared — but not scientific research, which amounts to about $140 billion in annual government spending.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra found out, at universities here in St. Louis, some scientists are worried about what the budget cuts will mean for their research — and for their students.

"I had to let go of some science."

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