Thursday, May 16, 2013
The commencement exercises begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 17.
Washington University in St. Louis would like to alert Patch readers that traffic around the university will be very heavy the morning of Friday, May 17, due to the university’s annual commencement ceremony. The ceremony Brookings Quadrangle, which is directly west of Brookings Hall, the university’s main administration building that sits on the hill overlooking Forest Park. Some 15,000 people are expected to attend the ceremony, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Traffic backups should be anticipated on streets near the university, especially Forsyth, Big Bend, Forest Park Parkway and Skinker. Drivers who normally take those routes to work may want to consider an alternative on Friday morning or take Metro. The university will award 2,873 degrees…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Facts Up Front should help shoppers in the grocery store.
Have you ever felt like you spend too much time grocery shopping? Does reading labels, lists of ingredients and health claims on food labels cause more confusion than they help? If this is how you feel when you grocery shop a new tool might make things a bit easier. The Grocery Manufacturers Association along with the Food Marketing Institute recently announced a new initiative to provide nutrition information, education and easier label reading. The “Facts Up Front” nutrition icon and website are designed to communicate the facts of good nutrition and to highlight the nutritional information of each food product. The “Facts Up Front” program (I have been on the advisory panel helping to guide development of these tools) is based on the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Washington University research scientist, Charlie Parker, died this week at the age of 83 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington University School of Medicine research scientist Charlie Parker, 83, died this week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. (Read the Post-Dispatch article here.) Parker grew up in Webster Groves where he graduated from the high school in 1947, the Post-Dispatch article states. His research not only helped better treatments for allergy and asthma sufferers, but the Post also reports Parker developed penicillin skin-testing which determines if patients are at high risk for anaphylaxis. Parker, a professor of medicine at Washington University for more than four decades, reportedly founded Washington University’s division of allergy and immunology in 1964. Parker's body was cremated, …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
The student-led event runs until Sunday and benefits Provident.
With Thursday's rain and Friday's cold temperatures, it hasn't quite felt like carnival weather, but that isn't stopping the organizers of Washington University's Thurtene Carnival. The free event started Friday and runs through Sunday on the Wash U campus. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. According to Wash U, Thurtene is the oldest and largest student-run carnival in the nation and is overseen by an honorary society made up of juniors. The event features rides, food and theatrical entertainment. This year, the carnival’s overall theme is “Stay Enchanted,” a nod to the generations who have come to enjoy the annual event. The carnival falls on alumni weekend and 80,000 people are expected to enjoy the carnival …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Our dietician looks at how sleep impacts your overall health.
For many people getting enough sleep remains a constant battle. With longer business days, demands of children schedules, finishing college semesters and simply the desire to do more in a day, more and more people are sleeping less and this might be impacting what they eat and their weight. A variety of studies are looking, or have looked at, the issue of sleep and weight, and while the research is still early stage it does seem to indicate that the less you sleep, the more likely it is that you are not eating properly and that you are overweight. In a recent study in the journal Metabolism, researchers found that even a 90 minute reduction in your sleep can contribute to changes in the hormones that trigger feelings of satiety causing …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Economist John W. McArthur is speaking at Washington University tonight.
International development economist John W. McArthur is slated to speak at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Washington University's Brown Hall Lounge. McArthur will appear as part of the Brown School’s Policy Forum. His talk is titled “The Millenium Development Goals, the Eradication of Extreme Poverty, and the Future of Global Inequality.” The event is free and open to the public. According to Washington University, McArthur is an economist focused on economic growth, technological advance, sustainability, poverty reduction and global collaboration. He is a senior fellow with the United Nations Foundation; senior fellow with the Fung Global Institute’s project on Evolving Growth Models; and a nonresident senior fellow with the Brookings …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Our registered dietician shares some helpful hints.
One of the delightful signs of spring is the brightly colored Easter eggs but now that Easter is over, what do you do with all those leftover eggs? The key to what you do with the leftover eggs lies in how you prepared them and how you handled them after they were cooked. Eggs, like all other protein foods, are susceptible to food-borne bacteria if they are not stored at the right temperature. Hopefully you hard cooked the eggs and put them into the refrigerator right after cooking – sitting at room temperature is when food-borne bacteria grow. The same recommendation about keeping them out of room temperature applied to when you colored the eggs. If those beautiful, bright eggs were a part of your Easter display this weekend, and they …
A funeral Mass for Msgr. Jerome Wilkerson will be celebrated Friday, April 5, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church.
A priest who served the University City and Washington University communities for many years has died. Msgr. Jerome Wilkerson was 88. He died March 28, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wilkerson became the founding director in 1963 of the Newman Center at the Washington University medical campus. He also served as a pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in the 1980s. The St. Louis Review's obituary reported that Wilkerson was appointed pastor of Lourdes in 1982. He was named pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton in 1994. He retired in 1999. The Post obituary noted Wilkerson's reputation as a "society priest." Quoting from the Post: He was a longtime priest for the Busch family and celebrated Christmas Mass for many years …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The $50 million dollar center is expected to open two blocks from BJC Hospital in two years.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- James Baer
Thursday, March 21
Who says you can't go home? Almost 90 years after Shriners Hospital for Children built their first complex next to the Washington University School of Medicine, ground was broken Wednesday for a new replacement hospital on a parking lot at Clayton and Newstead avenues, just two blocks from the original site and in the shadows of BJC Hospital. The new facility will be visible from I-64/40. Patient ambassadors of Shriners Hospitals for Children helped turned the first spades of earth for the $50 million replacement hospital on the campus of Washington University School of Medicine. The patients broke ground along with Imperial Potentate of Shriners International, Alan W. Madsen, and local Shriner, Past Imperial Potentate and current Chairman…
Friday, March 8, 2013
Watch Washington University engineering students rock their own version of the popular song.
Washington University Engineering students created this parody to Carly Rae Jepsen's popular song "Call Me Maybe" and placed second in the National Academy of Engineering Global Grand Challenges Video Competition. Arunita Kar, a sophomore Langsdorf and McKelvey Scholar, spearheaded this effort. The video is on Wash U Engineering's YouTube page.