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Welcome to the Academy of Science of St. Louis
Congratulations to the 20th Annual St. Louis
Outstanding Scientist Awards Winners!

Thank you to everyone who helped fill our beaker and joined us at the dinner to celebrate the awardees!


To learn about all of our awardees, visit our Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards page.

Academy of Science - St. Louis,
Monsanto Fund, SunEdison
Teacher of the Year Awards Announced

Two science teachers from the St. Louis metro area will be awarded $2,000 for professional development and $500 for classroom supplies!

Academy of Science-St. Louis & SunEdison Teacher of the Year Awardsunedison

Christine Ries

Combs Elementary School
Ferguson-Florissant School District

Academy of Science-St. Louis & Monsanto Teacher of the Year Awardmonsanto fund

Charlotte Smith
Gateway Elementary School
St. Louis Public School District

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Since 1856, the Academy of Science of St. Louis has been a leader in the advancement and integration of science and technology into contemporary society. Academy resources are entirely mission focused, on expanded scientific outreach, education, resource sharing, and the recognition of scientific accomplishment. Academy partners include every scientific sector—academic, public, corporate and private—from a broad range of science, medicine, engineering and technology concerns.
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Apr 29th, 2014 (Tue)
Where's My Jetpack? Why Innovation Takes so Long
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

Washington University in St. Louis ProSPER, (Graduate Students Promoting Science Policy, Education, and Research), is proud to announce the next chapter of its seminar series, Where’s My Jetpack? Why Innovation Takes so Long. This seminar series is a Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment that features experts who speak to the challenges facing the development and translation of innovations that address some of our world’s most pressing health and environmental problems. Come hear from experts in information technology who will explore Washington University's patent and market assessment of technologies, and how independent entrepreneurs can successfully translate innovation into thriving businesses.

Featured Speakers:

N'Goundo Magassa, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Management (OTM), Washington University in St. Louis
OTM promotes the transfer of University technology for public use while generating income to promote research and education for the University. N’Goundo speaks about the patenting and copyrighting process necessary to protect early stage innovations

Chris LeBeau, Director of Service Delivery, Gateway Venture Mentoring Service
Gateway Venture Mentoring Service (GatewayVMS) pairs early-stage entrepreneurs with a team of mentors to help validate and accelerate the growth of start-ups. Chris is a mentor for Gateway Ventures, and will be speaking about the role of business models, evaluating the potential for investor returns, and commercialization in bridging research and society in the form of a product.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Refreshments and light snacks will be served.

Washington University in St. Louis, Danforth Campus
Wilson Hall, Room 214
St. Louis, MO, 63130

Parking is at visitor parking meters/timed spaces located on campus, or in the Danforth underground garage. For more information on campus parking, please see Visitor Parking. The Danforth underground garage is #83 on the Campus Parking Map; Wilson Hall is #127.

a Special Partnership Offering of ProSPER and The Academy of Science - St. Louis

Apr 30th, 2014 (Wed)
Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Special Partnership Event

A BiodiverseCity St. Louis 2014 Public Lecture and Book Signing

Featured Speaker: Stephen Kellert, Ph.D., Tweedy/Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and author, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World

Human health and well-being are inextricably linked to nature, and our connection to the natural world is part of our biological inheritance. Social ecologist, Stephen Kellert, is a pioneer in the field of biophilia—the study of human beings' inherent affinity for nature. In his engaging book, Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World, he sets forth the first full account of nature's powerful influence on the quality of our lives. Dr. Kellert asserts that our capacities to think, feel, communicate, create, and find meaning in life all depend upon our relationship to nature. And yet our increasing disconnection and alienation from the natural world reflect how seriously we have undervalued its important role in our lives.

Weaving scientific findings together with personal experiences and perspectives, Kellert explores how our humanity in the most fundamental sense—including our physical health, and capacities for affection, aversion, intellect, control, aesthetics, exploitation, spirituality, and communication are deeply contingent on the quality of our connections to the natural world. Because of this dependency, the human species has developed over the course of its evolution an inherent need to affiliate with nature. But, like much of what it means to be human, this inborn tendency must be learned to become fully functional. In other words, it is a birthright that must be earned. He discusses how we can restore this balance to nature with changes in how we raise children, educate ourselves, use land and resources, develop building and community design, practice our ethics, and conduct our everyday lives.

In this moving and engaging lecture, Dr. Kellert provides exactly what is needed now: a fresh understanding of how much our essential humanity relies on being a part of the natural world.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Space is limited. Middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, or call 314.533.8586.

Missouri Botanical Garden, Shoenberg Auditorium
4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO, 63110

Birthright: People and Nature in the Modern World is co-sponsored by:
United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Eastern Tallgrass Prairie Big River Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Upper Midwest and Great Lakes Landscape Conservation Cooperative, Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, Chicago Wilderness, Purdue University, Central Indiana Land Trust, Empower Results, and Illinois Natural History Survey

in Partnership with the following organizations:

May 14th, 2014 (Wed)
The Connection Between Brains and Machines Will Change Everything
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Science Seminar Series

Lecture and Book Signing with Eric Leuthardt, M.D., Director of the Center for Innovation in Neuroscience and Technology at Washington University in
St. Louis; 2007 Academy of Science - St. Louis Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Innovation Award recipient, and author, RedDevil4

Neurosurgeon, scientist, and author of the fictional thriller, RedDevil4, Dr. Eric Leuthardt, talks about how science is decoding the brain and how the technology of the future will fundamentally alter the human experience. Whether it’s improved medical therapies for stroke, or downloading memories, the rapidly blurring line between humans and machines will change the way we live our lives. Dr. Leuthardt explores emerging discoveries in brain computer interfaces and speculates on their social and ethical implications in this fascinating look at the narrowing interface between humans and machines.


In 2008, with funding from the Children’s Discovery Institute, Dr. Leuthardt and William Smart, PhD, went on a mission to improve the quality of life for children with debilitating neurological conditions. They have developed a brain-computer interface that can record signals from the brain and translate them into movements of a computer cursor or robotic hand.

To be held at: Saint Louis Zoo Living World auditorium (north side of Zoo)

Parking is FREE in Zoo’s North Lot.

FREE & OPEN to ALL. Registration not required.
For more information call 314-533-8586 or email

This Science Seminar Series lecture and book signing is being co-sponsored by: