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Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

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Teens with autism face major social obstacles

Hanging out with friends after school and on the weekends is a vital part of a teen’s social life. But for adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, social activity outside of school is a rarity, finds a new study by Paul Shattuck, PhD, autism expert and assistant professor at the Brown School.

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Picture this: The gift of self

Freshman business student Sophie Cook gets a haircut from stylist Levi Stocke of Paul Mitchell salon during the WUSTL Locks of Love hair donation and haircut event Nov. 14 in the Danforth University Center. Locks of Love is a national nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long-term medical hair loss.

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Fannie and Freddie ‘ticking time bomb’ for U.S. economy

Fannie Mae, the biggest source of money for U.S. home loans, said last week it will need another $7.8 billion in federal aid following a third-quarter loss of more than $5 billion. As long as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are receiving subsidies, say banking experts at Olin Business School, there exists potential for another economic meltdown.

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Cooper named interim head of biochemistry and molecular biophysics

John A. Cooper, MD, PhD, has been named interim head of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at the School of Medicine. The department has a long and distinguished history at the School of Medicine, and its achievements include pioneering research by eight Nobel Prize winners.

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Recycle holiday lights at WUSTL

This holiday season, the WUSTL community can bring burned out or unwanted light strings to campus to be recycled. The Office of Sustainability is partnering with Operation Food Search and on the initiative, which runs Nov. 21-Jan. 17 at the School of Medicine and Nov. 16-Jan. 31 at all other WUSTL campuses.

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Calendar Highlights

4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21

Dept. of Music Public Lecture

“Traditional Music and Charismatic Prowess in Contemporary Southern Vietnam,” Alexander Cannon, adjunct faculty in ethnomusicology, Montclair State U. Free and open to the public. Music Classroom Bldg., Rm. 102. (314) 935-5566.


Health open enrollment runs through Nov. 30

Don’t get behind with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The annual health open enrollment period for the health/dental or dental-only plans, the health- and child-care flex spending plans, the Health Savings Account and the Retirement Medical Savings Account continues all this month and ends Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Washington People

Matthew J. Ellis, MD, PhD

Oncologist tirelessly seeks causes of breast cancer. FULL STORY

In the Spotlight: Faculty, Staff and Studet News & Achievements
Notables: Grants, Awards, Lectures, Publications & Other Activities
Sports Highlights

Women’s soccer, cross country in NCAA postseason

The women’s soccer team squared off against the College of St. Benedict in the NCAA Div. III sectional semifinal, and the cross country teams ran in the NCAA championship meet this past weekend. Men’s and women’s basketball also saw action. To find out how your favorite WUSTL team fared, visit

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