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This summer, 14 students — seven from the Master of Public Health program, five from the Master of Social Work program and two dual-degree students — joined Lora Iannotti, PhD, on a trip to Haiti. The goal: Give students firsthand experience in issues related to global health, including: health policy, epidemiology, biostatistics and program planning.MORE

With the imminent announcement by President Barack Obama of major executive branch action on immigration, indications are that he intends to “go big.” The president’s critics have accused him of overstepping his legal authority on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the program that has granted temporary reprieves from deportation for certain people who were brought here as children and have lived here since 2007. The critics argue that any further relief along those lines would also be illegal. Stephen Legomsky, JD, professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert on immigration law, defends the legality of DACA and of similar initiatives the president is reportedly considering.

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As the St. Louis community grapples with recent events in the nearby suburb of Ferguson, Mo., a number of Washington University in St. Louis faculty members are offering their expertise, commentary and insight in hopes of promoting constructive dialogue on a number of challenging issues.​​MORE
An estimated 55 million to 105 million people in the United States suffer from foodborne illnesses each year, resulting in costs of $2-$4 billion annually. What if Twitter could be used to track those cases and more quickly identify the source of the problem? A new analysis by a researcher at Washington University in St. Louis Brown School shows that new technology might better allow health departments to engage with the public to improve foodborne illness surveillance.MORE

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is set to expire Oct. 1, 2015, unless Congress intervenes — a move that is essential for millions of Amerian children, says a Washington University in St. Louis faculty expert on child well-being.

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Young people express strong support for marriage equality, but believe the push for same-sex marriage has diverted too much attention from other important issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, suggests a new national survey by researchers at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.MORE
Washington University researchers have found that courses intended to better prepare high school graduates for college also drive some students to drop out. They report that policies increasing the number of required math and science courses are linked to a higher dropout rate.MORE
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