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Who were the Pilgrims? Who were the Puritans? And how did they view Native Americans? As the annual Thanksgiving holiday approaches, Abram Van Engen, PhD, assistant professor of English in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses the beliefs of the two groups, the differences between them and the theology of sympathy.


What is gentrification, and can urban renewal be accomplished responsibly and ethically? Washington University in St. Louis Executive Vice Chancellor ​Henry S. Webber and Molly Metzger, PhD, of the Brown School, will explore these issues at the St. Louis Up Close event “Gentrification – Fact or Fiction; Truth or Myth.” Sponsored by the Gephardt Institute, the event takes place at 4 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Danforth University Center.


Gerhild Scholz Williams explores the vast legal, scientific and theological literature known as demonology. Though now largely forgotten, for more than 300 years demonology helped shape the prosecution of accused witches and authoritatively established “the image of the witch as a night-flying, sexually voracious creature.”

​​Want to make sure your child graduates from high school? Don’t move.
A new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds that students experiencing at least one move over a twelve month period have a roughly 50 percent decreased likelihood of obtaining a high school diploma by age 25. These associations are identified regardless of whether students move to a poorer or more affluent area.
An analysis of Twitter hashtag use on the subject of diabetes provides new insights about spreading health information through social media. The study, led by Jenine Harris, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, looked at the hashtag #diabetes and its interaction with two Twitter measures of engagement, retweeting and favoriting. The study found retweeting and favoriting was significantly lower for tweets about the number or percentage of people with diabetes, while favoriting was higher for tweets about health problems associated with diabetes.MORE
Lecture-based learning can be challenging for students who have difficulties building mental models for the organization of new information, but providing them with diagrams and other supporting material in advance of the lecture can help them overcome these hurdles, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. MORE
The Affordable Care Act has great potential to improve health and health care for people with diabetes, finds a new study led by Derek Brown, PhD, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis.MORE
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