Nanoparticles enhance locusts’ sense of smell (Links to an external site)

Srikanth Singamaneni, PhD, Professor in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science and Public Health Faculty Scholar co-led a team that used nanostructures to heighten the neural response in a locust’s brain, boosting their sense of smell and possibly leading the way to more efficient biological chemical sensors.

Preserving our planet (Links to an external site)

WashU’s has a new Center for the Environment. The center supports collaborative research in biodiversity, environmental justice, planetary health, environmental solutions and climate change. Daniel Giammar, PhD, Professor in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and the center’s inaugural director, and Lora Iannotti, PhD, Professor at the Brown School, and the center’s director for planetary health and environmental justice are both Public Health Faculty Scholars.

There’s one surefire way to find the most quality dates from your Hinge and Bumble matches, and it’s not looks. Here’s how to optimize your profile for love (Links to an external site)

If you’re not finding true love through online dating, it could help if you include a description of your sense of purpose in your dating profile, according to a study co-authored by Patrick Hill, PhD, professor of psychological and brain sciences and Public Health Faculty Scholar.

This social service hotline you’ve never heard of could help pinpoint California’s next big crisis (Links to an external site)

People use United Way’s 211 to access help from social service agencies. Matthew Kreuter, PhD, Professor of Public Health and Public Health Faculty Scholar, explains how he started 211 Counts, an online dashboard to track and display data. “It is the closest thing that we have in the U.S. to a daily surveillance system of the needs of America’s poor.”

Why the Rise in Breast Cancers in Younger Women? (Links to an external site)

A study examining a rise in breast cancer rates in younger women was recently published in the journal JAMA Network Open. “This research offers a way to begin identifying the factors driving these increasing rates, with the goal of finding ways to slow or reverse them,” said senior study author Adetunji Toriola, MD, PhD, a professor of surgery and Public Health Faculty Scholar.

Study: Smoking permanently shrinks the brain, driving up dementia risk (Links to an external site)

A study published by Alumni Endowed Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health Faculty Scholar, Laura J. Bierut, MD, found that smoking causes the brain to shrink, and stopping smoking doesn’t reverse the effects. “A reduction in brain volume is consistent with increased aging. This is important as our population gets older because aging and smoking are both risk factors for dementia.”

The best advice we got in 2023 (Links to an external site)

WashU Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences & Public Health Faculty Scholar, Patrick Hill says to live more purposefully, we should all “think about developing purpose from the ground up”. His comments were featured in VOX online.

What Sandra Day O’Connor Got Wrong (Links to an external site)

James Gibson, the Sidney W. Souers Professor of Government, Arts & Sciences and public health faculty scholar talks about how the Supreme Court is insulated by a “layer of good will” even when it issues unpopular decisions.