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Writing on the Dome of the Sky

What meaning can such words from a long-ago world possibly hold for us now? In Beata Grant's translations of classical Chinese, brave writers' voices express a sense of what humanity shares.

A Midsummer's Dream: Studying Shakespeare at the Globe

The Performing Arts Department offers an exceptional summer program in London that gives students the opportunity to study Shakespeare where he lived and worked.

Student Spirit Helps Adventurer Make Aviation History

This past summer, students transformed Brookings Hall 300 into Mission Control for pilot Steve Fossett's sixth attempt at circling the world solo in a balloon.

We're Getting Close!

As of October 31, 2002, gifts and commitments to the Campaign for Washington University totaled $1.28 billion, more than 98 percent of the $1.3 billion goal.

A Tradition of Honor: Endowed Professorships

The tradition of endowing professorships at Washington University dates back to 1856 when Wayman Crow endowed a professorship in chemistry in William Greenleaf Eliot's name.

Treasuring the Past

Washington Spirit A series spotlighting key faculty and staff who help make this great University run.






Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry and the World

Alumnus Geoffrey Ballard is on a crusade to replace the internal combustion engine with hydrogen fuel cells—and the movement is gaining ground.

Confronting the Complexities of Urban Design

Alumna Amie Gross works closely with every client to understand what the client is about, the issues surrounding the assignment, and what will give each project "its identity in the landscape."

Building a Balanced Life

Constantly striving to incorporate his ideals with his work, alumnus Paul McKee runs a "family" of businesses, "creating spaces where community takes place."

Lasting Lessons Three alumni describe their favorite teachers.

My Washington I. E. Millstone, B.S. '27, is nearing his 96th birthday and has been an eyewitness to two-thirds of Washington University's history.

Alumni Activities As the new chair of the Alumni Board of Governors, alumnus John Gianoulakis is working to connect more alumni to the University.

Alumni Profiles Short stories on alumni.