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 15, 2013
Our Nutritious Bites column looks at extra dietary sugar.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Joe Ashkar was able to overcome a brief illness which forced him to backtrack on his climbing trek.
Patch heard Sunday from Joe Ashkar, the Washington University graduate and Creve Coeur resident who is on his way to scaling the world's highest peaks in a single calendar year. He's getting ready for a critical push that could have him heading for the summit of Mt. Everest on May 18. I'm personally very conflicted about leaving this early morning. First: I just got back to Base Camp from the low altitude and could definitely use a day of rest and re-acclimatizing to the altitude. Second: there are a few conflicting weather reports. High winds dominate but small windows exist for summit chances. We are taking a chance on a small weather window and may have to wait out extra days at altitude where our bodies are taking a beating and dying. …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
he two stories were the most read on University City Patch in April 2013.
Want to know what's going on in your neighborhood? Here are the ten most-read stories from University City Patch for April 2013. Crime news is included in its own list: U City Crime: Murders, Suspicious Death in April What was your favorite U City story in April? Tell us in the comments.
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 …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Joe Ashkar, a Washington University graduate, is continuing in his trek to scale the world's tallest peaks within a calendar year.
We have an update on Joe Ashkar's attempt to climb the world's highest peaks and travel to the North and South Pole all within 365 days. See our previous story: Washington University Alum Prepares To Climb Mt. Everest On his blog, Ashkar reported on April 20 "feeling completely congested, body is aching and throat is sore and burning. It’s as if I have a combined Sinus Infection with the Flu and Strep Throat." He decided to drop down to lower elevations to aid in his recovery. Here's part of his post from April 24 After only 24 hours, I felt the antibiotics working their magic and my nasty congestion half of what it was. My antibiotics course is for the next 7 days... My condition continued to improve that I’m now almost at 100%. Today (…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The Post-Dispatch reports Pace Properties is speaking with Global Foods as a possible tenant for space in Washington University's Loop project.
Washington University in St. Louis broke ground in early February on the school’s $80 million student apartment and retail project in the Delmar Loop in University City and the city of St. Louis. The 4.4-acre residential and retail development project includes 22,000 square feet of new retail space. No retailers were announced for the space when ground was broken, however, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is now reporting that Pace Properties is talking to Global Foods to add a grocery store. In an email to the Post-Dispatch, Washington University spokeperson Susan McGinn Killenberg cautioned that talks are in a preliminary stage and no contracts have been signed. Quoting from the Post story: “Pace ... is actively negotiating with several …
Moving academic technology into an arena that benefits the public and your bottom line is the focus of an upcoming daylong symposium at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
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Friday, April 26
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 …