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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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Bakteri di piring di samping kiri sensitif terhadap antibiotik yang terdapat pada potongan kertas. Bakteri di samping kanan resistan tehadap empat dari tujuh antibiotik. Dr. Graham Beards

Bakteri bisa jadi senjata ampuh lawan resistansi antibiotik

Mikroba yang bisa memakan antibiotik bisa berguna untuk membersihkan tanah dan air yang terkontaminasi limbah antibiotik.
Bacteria in the dish on the left are sensitive to antibiotics in the paper discs. The ones on the right are resistant to four of the seven antibiotics. Dr. Graham Beards

Bacteria may be powerful weapon against antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic-munching microbes may prove useful for mopping up contaminated water supplies and land.
Protestors demonstrate inside a Philadelphia Starbucks, where two black men were arrested. REUTERS/Mark Makela

What’s unconscious bias training, and does it work?

Starbucks is giving this training to its employees, but it’s still so new that there's no standard format and little research yet on whether it's effective.
A recent study of medical students and residents found they were reluctant to engage with parents who have vaccination fears. But listening to parents is important. Olena Yakobchuck/Shutterstock.com

The best shot at overcoming vaccination standoffs? Having doctors listen to – not shun – reluctant parents

A recent study suggests that shunning parents who are reluctant to vaccinate their kids isn't the best strategy. A better strategy might be old-fashioned, but it works.
First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence wave goodbye to Barack and Michelle Obama. REUTERS

Donald Trump waves goodbye to era of baby boomer presidents

A presidential historian explains how Trump’s inauguration marks a the end of an era defined not just by Obama, but by a series of baby boomer presidents. How will Trump be different?
A whirlwind of speculation about Deutsche Bank’s health has surrounded its headquarters in Munich. AP Photo/Michael Probst

Deutsche Bank turmoil shows risks of weakening bank capital standards

Is the financial system headed for another 'Lehman moment'? Perhaps, but a bailout isn't the solution. More capital is, something Trump should remember as he rewrites U.S. bank rules.
The rising costs of EpiPens has led to outrage. Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Drug prices: Where do we go after the Election?

The rising cost of drugs is more worrisome to most Americans than problems with Obamacare. Could proposals in California and Ohio help?
Smokers not only pay a lot of money for cigarettes but also for their health insurance. www.shutterstock.com

Another cost of smoking: Sky-high insurance

To discourage smoking, insurance companies charge higher premiums for smokers. This is having an unexpected consequence: rather than quit smoking, poor people are quitting insurance.
Treated with zinc nanoparticles, mung bean plants like these grew larger and produced more beans. Chad Zuber/Shutterstock.com

How nanotechnology can help us grow more food using less energy and water

Growing enough food to feed 9 billion people by 2050 will require huge amounts of energy and water. Using nanoparticles to boost plant growth and yield could save resources and reduce water pollution.

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