THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE ACADEMY OF SCIENCE – ST. LOUIS IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2014 OUTSTANDING SCIENTIST AWARDS. THIS IS THE 20TH YEAR RECOGNIZING INNOVATION AND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN RESEARCH APPLIED SCIENCE AND STEM (SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH) EDUCATION.
THE EVENT ALSO SERVES AS A SALUTE TO THE ACADEMY FELLOWS – A PRESTIGIOUS ASSOCIATION OF ST. LOUIS AREA SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS OF NATIONAL REPUTATION.
“The evening is a unique opportunity for an interdisciplinary celebration of public, private and academic STEM leaders in our region,” stated Mary Burke, CEO of the Academy, “throughout the year, the Academy connects science and the community–this event provides the opportunity to celebrate the amazing science and technology brain trust of our region.”
Each year, the Academy seeks nominations of outstanding women and men in science, engineering and technology – individuals and institutions known worldwide for their scientific contributions to research, industry and quality of life. In keeping with the Academy’s 157 year-old mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of science, those recognized also have a record of excellence in communicating with the public and/or mentoring colleagues.
Peter Raven Lifetime Achievement Award
John E. Heuser, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Professor of Biophysics, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
Dr. Heuser is recognized world-wide for developing and broadly applying the ‘quick freeze/deep-etch” method of electron microscopy. He first used this to visualize and define the mechanisms involved in the vesicular release of neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction. Over the past 40 years, his technique has been used by investigators to visualize structures inside and outside of cells. Dr. Heuser’s images have defined and propelled many areas of biology, providing paradigm-shifting insights that informed and inspired generations of biologists.
Science Leadership Awards
Robert Fraley, Ph.D. Monsanto, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Fraley’s leadership and research in plant biology has resulted in revolutionary products with global impact. He was a 2013 World Food Prize Laureate – the foremost international award recognizing individuals who have contributed landmark achievements in increasing the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world.
Novus International, Inc. is a provider of health and nutrition solutions for livestock, poultry, pets, and people. The global company operates in over 90 countries, with research and development laboratories and manufacturing facilities in more than 35 countries. The Novus mission is to make a clear difference in sustainably meeting the growing need for nutrition and health. Corporate community involvement includes supporting education in Thailand, helping construct over 56 schools in Vietnam, and contributing to formal and informal conservation support of the Sacred Elephant in Thailand. Novus’ LEED certified headquarters is based in St. Louis
George Yatskievych, Ph.D., Missouri Botanical Garden, Curator, Science and Conservation Division
In 2013, Dr. Yatskeivych published the final volume of the massive work, “Steyermark’s Flora of Missouri” – the culmination of 25 years of work to document the plants of Missouri – an essential element in Missouri’s conservation efforts.
Michael Cosmospoulos, Ph.D., University of Missouri – St. Louis, Professor in Greek Studies and Archaeology and Director of the Iklaina Archaeological Project and of Excavations at Eleusis.
Founding director of two University-based Greek Cultural Centers and the Center for the Matsakis Center for Hellenic Studies at UMSL. His discovery of a new Bronze Age state capital with the oldest known written state records in Europe changed our knowledge about the origins of state bureaucracies and literate societies.
Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D., Saint Louis University, Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences
Between her findings in the ceramide pathway and her work with peroxynitrile and control of free radical production, Dr. Salvemini has contributed more to the eventual control of pain and opioid induced tolerance than anyone else currently working in the field.
Dr. Holtzman is one of the leading international experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research, and is a pioneer in the study of pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease.
James B. Eads Award
Lihong Wang, Ph.D.,
Washington University in St. Louis, Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering
Just over the past two years, Dr. Wang has received the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award to explore novel imaging techniques using light; the NIH Transformational Research Award, awarded for high risk/high reward interdisciplinary approaches, and the 2014 IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award – for his pioneering contributions to the field of PAT.
Charles Armstrong, Ph.D., Monsanto, Senior Fellow: Crop Transformation System Improvement Lead
The advancements of Dr. Armstrong in transgenic technology changed the game of plant breeding forever. Instead of relying on traditional cross-pollination techniques with closely related plants, he expanded the possibilities generating more useful and productive crop varieties through genetic engineering. His pioneering work led to the commercialization of the first insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant corn varieties.
Caitlin Kelleher, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
Developing new programming environments — for middle school age students; for non-IT professionals, and in stroke rehabilitation. Dr. Kelleher’s work on Games for Stroke Rehabilitation was predicated on research suggesting that repetitive motions could help stroke patients experience significant recovery. Dr. Kelleher developed a programming environment that allowed physical therapists to quickly and easily develop therapeutic games producing significant gains in the patient’s motor abilities.
Science Educator Award
Robert Marquis, Ph.D., University of Missouri – St. Louis, Professor and Director Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center
Throughout his career, Dr. Marquis has involved post-doctorial associates, graduate students, and undergraduate students in his research and extends his mentoring to new faculty. Additionally, he reaches into the next generation to inspire and educate from the rigorous high school STARS program to elementary students designing Science Fair projects.