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Newswise: WashU Expert: VC bust? Time to return to fundamentals in 2024
Released: 16-Jan-2024 2:05 PM EST
WashU Expert: VC bust? Time to return to fundamentals in 2024
Washington University in St. Louis

After years of record investments and outsized returns fueled by ultralow interest rates, 3,200 U.S. private venture-backed companies — mostly tech startups — went out of business last year. Doug Villhard at Washington University in St. Louis' Olin Business School said the bust will cause the industry to reassess what is really important.

Released: 18-Aug-2022 1:25 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Comparing annual inflation changes each month can distort reality
Washington University in St. Louis

John Horn, an economics expert at Washington University in St. Louis, explains the math of inflation and why focusing on the annual rate of change, rather than month-to-month inflation changes, makes an already bad situation look worse.

Released: 6-Dec-2021 4:45 PM EST
Is privacy dead?
Washington University in St. Louis

In a new book, “Why Privacy Matters,” one of the world’s leading experts in privacy law, Neil Richards, the Koch Distinguished Professor in Law and co-director of the Cordell Institute for Policy in Medicine & Law at Washington University in St. Louis, argues privacy is not dead, but up for grabs.

Released: 26-Jan-2021 5:10 PM EST
WashU Expert: This is not the time to raise federal minimum wage
Washington University in St. Louis

President Joe Biden has expressed support for raising the minimum wage for federal contractors and employees to $15 per hour. On Jan. 26, House and Senate Democrats took it a step further - introducing legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025, more than doubling the current minimum wage of $7.25.

Released: 21-Jan-2021 8:00 AM EST
WashU Experts: The first 100 Biden/Harris days
Washington University in St. Louis

Obamacare will get retooled, not repealed. A national mask mandate will boost consumer spending, research shows (though don't expect much from homeowners, they're strapped). The $300 billion for R&D should go to D, not R. So forecasts an array of WashU experts.

Released: 4-Dec-2020 12:55 PM EST
Building better vaccines for the elderly
Washington University in St. Louis

Chemist Meredith Jackrel studies protein misfolding and how it leads to disease. She is collaborating engineers to develop amyloid-inspired vaccine technologies specifically tailored for seniors. The approach could be relevant to COVID-19 as the elderly are particularly susceptible to its severe complications.

Released: 18-Dec-2019 1:50 PM EST
New year's resolution: Wait until spring
Washington University in St. Louis

Winter is dark. It's exhausting. It has also features the flu, colds and a tendency to stay indoors. So is Jan. 1 really a good time for resolutions? WashU's Tim Bono has a better idea: Wait a few months.

Released: 1-Aug-2019 5:00 AM EDT
Unraveling complicated issues of inequality in workplaces, communities
Washington University in St. Louis

African American health care workers are there for a reason.A new book by a Washington University in St. Louis social scientist shows how hospitals, clinics and other institutions participate in “racial outsourcing,” relying heavily on black doctors, nurses, technicians and physician assistants to do “equity work” — extra labor that makes organizations and their services more accessible to communities of color.

Released: 31-Aug-2018 12:05 PM EDT
Marketing Causes Inequality, New Book Suggests
Washington University in St. Louis

The dramatic rise of income inequality since 1970 has largely been caused by advances in marketing, says a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.“Marketers have become better at creating and exploiting market distortions in legal ways,” said Gerrit De Geest, the Charles F. Nagel Professor of International and Comparative Law in the School of Law.

Released: 10-Apr-2018 4:30 PM EDT
Brass Tax: Cutting Through the Politics of Tax Reform
Washington University in St. Louis

As Americans complete the slow march to filing their last under a fading tax system, it's time to cut through the politicking and positioning and assess the new Tax Plan.

Released: 9-Mar-2018 3:00 PM EST
(Daylight Saving) Time is not on your side
Washington University in St. Louis

The century-old convention of daylight saving time takes effect this weekend but can be hard for our bodies to handle. Circadian rhythm expert Erik Herzog, of Washington University, offers some tips to help us adjust.

Released: 21-Feb-2018 4:05 PM EST
Billy Graham Leaves Controversial Legacy for the #Metoo Generation
Washington University in St. Louis

In his long career, the evangelical preacher Billy Graham — who died Feb. 21 at age 99 — offered one piece of advice that may be especially relevant to men in the current age of #MeToo sexual harassment scandals — never dine, drink or spend time alone with women other than your wife.Known as the “Billy Graham Rule,” the advice was in line with cultural and sexual norms of the 1950s and later decades, when many of Graham’s contemporary evangelical preachers fell from grace after widely publicized extramarital affairs, said R.

Released: 7-Aug-2017 3:05 PM EDT
WashU Expert: Ethical Considerations of Legalizing Physician-Assisted Death for Dementia
Washington University in St. Louis

As Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia continue to become more prevalent, it may not be long before there is a push for legalizing physician-assisted death (PAD) in dementia cases in the United States.American officials must thoroughly consider the moral and social consequences of such an action, says an expert on medical ethics at Washington University in St.

Released: 11-Jul-2017 2:05 PM EDT
New Book Provides Strategies for Smart Decarceration of America’s Prisons
Washington University in St. Louis

With an era of decarceration of America’s penal system quickly approaching, a Washington University in St. Louis expert and co-editor of a new book offers concrete strategies for ushering in a metamorphosis of the criminal justice system.“The United States out-incarcerates every other developed nation in the world by a rate of several hundred per 100,000 people,” said Carrie Pettus-Davis, assistant professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St.

Released: 4-May-2017 11:05 AM EDT
Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy and the Municipal Bond Market
Washington University in St. Louis

Puerto Rico filed for bankruptcy protection May 3, the largest-ever American municipal debt restructuring in history. As the U.S. territory seeks forgiveness in $73 billion to assorted creditors, an expert at Washington University in St. Louis says the situation should serve as a dire wake-up call to the municipal bond market.

Released: 20-Apr-2017 1:05 PM EDT
What Is Your Future Risk of Poverty?
Washington University in St. Louis

A newly-redesigned poverty risk calculator, developed by Mark Rank, a renowned expert on economic hardship at Washington University in St. Louis, can for the first time determine an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race, education level, gender, marital status and age.

Released: 13-Feb-2017 3:05 PM EST
A Theoretical Physicist Reassures the Lovelorn
Washington University in St. Louis

Here, in celebration of Valentine's Day, we present another of the paradoxes, sometimes called the Picky Suitor problem: Can you guess the odds that you will find your one and only among the 9 billion people on the planet?

Released: 12-Jan-2017 11:05 AM EST
Now Entering 'the Valley of Death'
Washington University in St. Louis

Amid Trump comments and stock dive, let WUSTL expert on the history of the pharmaceutical industry Michael Kinch walk you through pharma "Valley of Death."

Released: 11-Nov-2016 3:05 PM EST
Trump Victory Shows Racial Justice Movement Needs Better Storytellers
Washington University in St. Louis

Striking racial divides in the 2016 election serve as a reminder that racially charged narratives still have a powerful hold on the American mindset. If the left is to compete in future elections, it must learn to tell competing narratives that build coalitions around racial justice, says political scholar Clarissa Hayward.

Released: 16-Mar-2016 1:05 PM EDT
United Nations' March 20 'Happiness Day' Has Serious Side
Washington University in St. Louis

While cynics may scoff at the United Nations'; March 20 observance of International Happiness Day, a positive psychology researcher at Washington University in St. Louis says it's high time for happiness to be taken seriously. "Happier people live longer, get sick less often, are more productive at work, more engaged in their communities, more likely to help those in need, and enjoy higher-quality relationships." said Tim Bono, who teaches courses on the psychology of happiness in Arts & Sciences at Washington University.