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Washington University’s mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching, and learning.

Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country, and the world.

Our goals are: - To welcome students, faculty, and staff from all backgrounds to create an inclusive community that is welcoming, nurturing, and intellectually rigorous; - to foster excellence in our teaching, research, scholarship, and service; - to prepare students with attitudes, skills, and habits of lifelong learning and leadership thereby enabling them to be productive members of a global society; and - to be an institution that excels by its accomplishments in our home community, St. Louis, as well as in the nation and the world.

To this end we intend: - to judge ourselves by the most exacting standards; - to attract people of great ability from diverse backgrounds; - to encourage faculty and students to be bold, independent, and creative thinkers; - to provide an exemplary, respectful, and responsive environment for living, teaching, learning, and working for present and future generations; and - to focus on meaningful measurable results for all of our endeavors.

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Debbie Frier, infirmière diplômée, injecte à Leah Sawatsky, infirmière des urgences, à droite, le vaccin Pfizer-BioNTech contre la COVID-19 au Regina General Hospital de Regina, le 15 décembre 2020. La Presse Canadienne/Michael Bell

La statistique de l’année : 332

Le vaccin contre la Covid-19 a été mis au point en un temps record. Seulement 332 jours se sont écoulés entre le séquençage du génome du virus et l’administration des premiers vaccins. Du jamais vu.
On Dec. 8, 2020, the first members of the public were given doses of a coronavirus vaccine. AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool

International Statistic of the Year: Race for a COVID-19 vaccine

The coronavirus vaccine was developed faster than any vaccine in history. It took just 332 days from the first sequencing of the virus genome to the first vaccines given to the public.
The J.W. Westcott II is the country’s only floating ZIP code. cactuspinecone/flickr

A dismantled post office destroys more than mail service

Can you find a FedEx store that mimics the design creativity and quality of early US post offices? What are we left with when the best parts of public life are treated like for-profit entities?
Conspiracy theories have been popular in the U.S. for decades. Motortion Films/Shutterstock.com

Are conspiracy theories on the rise in the US?

With the rise of internet groups for conspiracy theorists, it may feel like Americans live in a unique time. But conspiracy theories have been common for decades.

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