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February 2012, Vol. 82, No. 1


Energy Interdependence Researchers working together at the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center imagine ways to adapt plants’ mechanisms, in hopes of producing renewable fuels and other beneficial outcomes.
[Web Extra] Center director presents practical possibilities for PARC investigators’ ongoing research.

A Guiding Hand James E. McLeod (1944–2011), who passed away Sept. 6, 2011, touched the lives of countless students and alumni as dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.
[Web Extra] Dean McLeod inspired students of all ages.

Brave New Workplace Law Professor Pauline Kim explores the ever-morphing boundaries of employment law.

A Visual Reporter Art Professor Douglas B. Dowd searches the social landscape, describing and interpreting aspects of culture in his new illustrated magazine, Spartan Holiday.


The Leading EDGE™ in Biotechnology Alumni Chas Eggert, president and CEO, and Mike Lynch, MD/PhD, co-founder and chief scientific officer, aim to compete globally in the bioproducts industry by implementing proprietary technology.

‘L’Étoile’ of St. Louis Immersion Learning Wanting her children and others to grow up bilingual, alumna Rhonda Broussard founded the St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, where students learn in Spanish or French.

Aligned With Artists’ Aspirations Whether developing big-name talent or independent artists, alumnus Steven Beer, JD, focuses on helping artists gain control over their careers.


Lauren Ortwein Cultivates Creative Film Marketing Career

Readers Respond to Magazine Survey

Greenway Trail That Crosses Danforth Campus Open for Use

Volunteering Gives Disabled Veterans New Lease on Life

Scarring the Heart Helps Atrial Fibrillation

Athletics at a Glance

Law School Forms Alliance With University of Queensland

Sustainability Exhibit Reaches for the Sky

Biosciences Partnership to Bring Jobs to Region

Mars Rover on Verge of New Discovery

Engineering Challenges, Opportunities Addressed

Natural Compound Reverses Diabetes in Mice

Architecture Celebrates 100-year History


Teens With Autism Benefit From School-based Services

WUSTL Receives Top Award for Fundraising

Inherited Alzheimer’s Detectable 20 Years Before Dementia

Service-learning Students Preserve St. Louis History

A ‘LINC’ to the Past


Green Hall Adds to Innovative Engineering Education Preston M. Green Hall is home to the Preston M. Green Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering as well as the headquarters for the International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy & Sustainability.

Celebrating Books The famed New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast and historian Douglas Brinkley presented keynote addresses for the university’s 10th annual faculty book colloquium in December 2011.


A Coach’s Drive: About More Than Winning With five national and 19 UAA championships, statistics speak to the success of women’s basketball coach and Hall-of-Famer, Nancy Fahey; yet they tell only part of the story.



Investing in People: Key to Realizing Potential Howard Wood, BSBA ’61, is a successful businessman in the telecommunications, real estate and cattle ranching industries. A scholarship recipient himself, he enjoys helping current students reach their potential.


Restaurateur Serves Up Authentic Chinese Since graduating, Jason Wang, BSBA ’09, is helping take his father’s New York restaurant, Xi’an Famous Foods, to a new level of success.

Author Captivates Kids, Expands Imagination Janni Lee Simner, AB ’89, AB ’89, has published seven books and several short stories in the fantasy genre, primarily for children and young adults.

Entrepreneur Saves Lives With Sanitation Ani Vallabhaneni, BSBA ’02, BSCS ’02, co-founder and CEO of Sanergy, works in Kenyan slums to provide sanitation infrastructure.


A&D Launches New Website Looking for a new way to stay connected to the Washington University community? Visit the new A&D website,

Reunion 2012 Join the 1st through 35th Reunion classes for Alumni Weekend at Thurtene Carnival, April 20–22. Undergraduate alumni from the classes of 1972 and back will celebrate during Commencement Weekend, May 18–20.

Strengthening Alumni Connections On Nov. 4, 2011, the Alumni Board of Governors (ABG) gathered for its first meeting of the academic year at College Hall on the South 40. One of ABG’s goals this year is to help prepare students for their lives after graduation.


Read news of your classmates, and submit your own classnote.

In Memoriam


Asia Extra is a supplement to Washington Magazine for alumni and friends in Asia. (PDF download)

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