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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

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Impact of Assets and the Poor grows 20 years after release

Michael Sherraden’s book Assets and the Poor broke new ground on social policy in 1991. In the book, Sherraden, PhD, of the Brown School proposed establishing individual savings accounts for the poor — Individual Development Accounts (IDAs). Since he first proposed IDAs, they have been adopted in federal legislation and in more than 40 states.

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Key genetic error found in family of blood cancers

Scientists have uncovered a critical genetic mutation in some patients with myelodysplastic syndromes — a group of blood cancers that can progress to a fatal form of leukemia. The research team at the School of Medicine also found evidence that patients with the mutation are more likely to develop acute leukemia.

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Seetharaman named W. Patrick McGinnis Professor of Marketing

Seethu Seetharaman, PhD, recently was installed as the W. Patrick McGinnis Professor of Marketing in the Olin Business School. The ceremony, held Oct. 26 in the Charles F. Knight Executive Education Center, included welcoming remarks by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton and an address by Seetharaman.

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$1.38 million to pick ‘large’ pieces of supernova grit out of meteorite

Ernst K. Zinner, PhD, research professor of physics and of earth and planetary sciences, both in Arts & Sciences, has received a $1,380,000 grant from NASA to study presolar grains in a sample of the Murchison meteorite. Presolar grains are tiny bits of stars — stardust — that were born and died billions of years ago, before the formation of the solar system.

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Picture this: Faculty Fellows being neighborly

Faculty Fellows on the South 40 recently hosted holiday parties for their student neighbors. Freshman Matt Burkhardt (left) visits with Ian MacMullen, PhD, assistant professor of political science in Arts & Sciences. MacMullen and his wife, Lola Fayanju, MD, research fellow in the Department of Surgery, co-hosted the party in their Gregg House residence.

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Calendar Highlights

8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15

Dept. of Music Guitar Gala

Music by Bach, Sor, Giuliani, Domeniconi and more. Free and open to the public. Graham Chapel. (314) 935-5566.


Recycle holiday lights at WUSTL

The WUSTL community can bring burned out or unwanted light strings to campus to be recycled through Jan. 17 at the School of Medicine and through Jan. 31 at other WUSTL campuses. All materials collected will be recycled. Donation boxes are located at four WUSTL campuses.

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Sports Highlights

WUSTL first in Directors’ Cup standings

The WUSTL Department of Athletics sits in first place in the 2011-12 Division III Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup fall standings. WUSTL totaled 372 points in the fall season and has a 13-point lead over second-place Middlebury College (359 points). Amherst College sits in third place with 264 points, with Calvin College (262 points) and Williams College (230 points) rounding out the top five.

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