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Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards

Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the 21st Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards. Each award-winner represents both an extraordinary caliber of expertise and a dedication to fostering science literacy.

Nominations to open in the Fall of 2014

We wish to focus the region's attention upon individuals and institutions known worldwide for their scientific contributions to research, industry, and quality of life. In every category, preference is given to candidates who also have a record of excellence in communicating with the public or mentoring colleagues.

Congratulations to the 20th Annual St. Louis
Oustanding Scientist Awards Winners!

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

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The Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a distinguished career of service in science, engineering, or technology.

2014 Awardee

John Edward Heuser, M.D. - Professor of Biophysics, Emeritus, Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, Washington University School of Medicine
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.

Past Award Recipients:
John C. Morris, MD (2013); Jeffrey I. Gordon, MD (2012); Marcus E. Raichle, M.D. (2011); Roger N. Beachy, Ph.D. (2010); Carl Frieden, Ph.D. (2009); Eduardo Slatopolsky, M.D. (2009); William S. Knowles, Ph.D. (2008); Philip D. Stahl, Ph.D. and David C. Van Essen, Ph.D. (2007); Lee Nelken Robins, Ph.D. (2006); Teresa J. Vietti, M.D. (2005); Brian J. Mitchell, Ph.D. (2004); Ira J. Hirsh, Ph.D. and Nobuo Suga, Ph.D. (2003); Maurice Green, Ph.D. and Patty Jo Watson, Ph.D. (2002); Jerome R. Cox, Jr., Sc.D. and Robert W. Murray, Ph.D. (2001); Philip Needleman, Ph.D. and Robert H. Waterston, M.D., Ph.D. (2000); Frank E. Moss, Ph.D. and William S. Sly, M.D. (1999); Louis V. Avioli, M.D. and Leonard Berg, M.D. (1998); Paul E. Lacy, M.D., Ph.D. and Robert M. Walker, Ph.D. (1997); John Olney, M.D. (1996); Michel Ter-Pogossian, Ph.D. (1995)
Science Leadership Awards recognize a distinguished individual — not necessarily a scientist—or organization that has played an important leadership role in the development of science and scientists in the St. Louis region.

2014 Awardees

ORGANIZATION: Novus International, Inc.
Novus International, Inc. provides health and nutrition solutions for livestock, poultry, pets, and people. The organization's team, working across more than 35 facilities around the world, serves customers in over 100 countries. The Novus Vision is to help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life. Novus works towards achieving their vision in partnership with customers, universities and global partners including the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association, Heifer International, The World Food Prize and many others. To learn more visit

INDIVIDUAL: Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D. - Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer - Monsanto Company
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 that increase the quality, quantity, or availability of food in the world. Dr. Fraley grew up on a farm in Illinois and has spent his career at Monsanto leading a team working to develop better crops and help farmers around the world address challenges such as pests, weeds and climate change.

Past Award Recipients: Nestle´Purina PetCare (2013) and Karen Seibert, Ph.D. (2013); James S. McDonnell Foundation (2012) and Larry J. Shapiro, M.D. (2012); Emerson (2011) and Timothy Eberlein, M.D. (2011); Missouri Botanical Garden (2010) and M. Carolyn Baum, Ph.D., OTR (2010); The Boeing Company (2009) and William A. Peck, M.D. (2009); Charles Kilo, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E. (2008) and The Monsanto Company (2008); William (Bill) Danforth, M.D. and Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (2007)

The Trustees Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Academy of Science – St. Louis in its mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of science, engineering, and technology.

2014 Awardees

Michael Cosmopoulos, Ph.D. - Endowed Professor in Greek Studies and Professor of Archaeology, University of Missouri - St. Louis; Director of Excavations at both Iklaina and Eleusis in Greece

Dr. Cosmopoulos is a world-renowned authority in Greek archaeology. Through his exemplary outreach programs, he has educated and trained over 2,000 students and members of the greater public in archaeological science through his field projects and classes. His discovery at Iklaina 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. He has given hundreds of public lectures on archaeology and Greek culture, founded two university-based Greek Culture Centers, and organized hundreds of public outreach events.


George Yatskievych, Ph.D. - Curator, Director-Flora of Missouri Project, Science and Conservation Division - Missouri Botanical Garden

In 2013, Dr. Yatskievych 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. .

Past Award Recipients: Pana Charumilind, PhD (2013); Mabel L. Purkerson, M.D. (2012); Janey S. Symington, Ph.D. (2011) and Linda Cottler, Ph.D. (2011); Pfizer-St. Louis (2010); Heidi R. Hope, Ph.D. (2010); Lincoln I. Diuguid, Ph.D.(2009); Paul Markovits, Ph.D. and Paul A. Young, Ph.D. (2008) Patricia E. Simmons, Ph.D. (2007); Thomas A. Woolsey, M.D. (2006); Charles R. Granger, Ph.D. (2005); Luther S. Williams, Ph.D. (2004); Will D. Carpenter, Ph.D. (2003); Jessie L. Ternberg, M.D., Ph.D. (2002); Ernest G. Jaworski, Ph.D. (2001); Willis V. Hauser (1999)

The Fellows Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science.

2014 Awardees

David M. Holtzman, M.D. - Professor and Chairman of Neurology - Washington University School of Medicine

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.



Daniela Salvemini, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Pharmacological and Physiological Sciences - Saint Louis University

Between her findings in the ceramide pathway and her work with peroxynitrite 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.


Past Award Recipients: Dale Dorsett, Ph.D. (2013) and Samuel Klein, M.D. (2013); Govindaswamy Chinnadurai, Ph.D. (2012) and Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D. (2012); Duane Grandgenett, Ph.D. (2011) and Toni Kutchan, Ph.D. (2011); Alan L. Schwartz, Ph.D. (2010); Cheryl S. Asa, Ph.D.(2009) and Gerald Medoff, M.D. (2009); Martin H. Israel, Ph.D. (2008), Kattesh V. Katti, Ph.D. and Robert M. Senior, M.D. (2007); Barbara Schaal, Ph.D. and Raymond E. Arvidson, Ph.D. (2006); G. Alexander Patterson, M.D. and Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D. (2005); Patricia G. Parker, Ph.D. and Clifford M. Will, Ph.D. (2004); Susan Mackinnon, M.D. and Raymond G. Slavin, M.D. (2003); Carl M. Bender, Ph.D. and Robert E. Ricklefs, Ph.D. (2002); Christopher I. Byrnes, Ph.D. and Dennis W. Choi, M.D., Ph.D. (2001); Allen R. Atkins, Ph.D. and Sarah C. R. Elgin, Ph.D. (2000); Robert B. Belshe, M.D. and Ananthachari Srinivasan, Ph.D. (1999)

The James B. Eads Award recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in engineering or technology.

2014 Awardee

Charles L. Armstrong, Ph.D. - Senior Fellow, and Crop Transformation System Improvement Lead - Monsanto Company

The advancements of Dr. Armstrong and colleagues in transgenic technology changed the game of plant breeding forever. Instead of relying on traditional cross-pollination techniques with closely related plants, they expanded the possibilities generating more useful and productive crop varieties through genetic engineering. Their pioneering work led to the commercialization of the first insect-resistant and herbicide-tolerant corn varieties.


Lihong Wang, Ph.D. - Gene K. Beare Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Washington University in St. Louis

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.


Past Award Recipients: George Gokel, Ph.D. (2013) and Gregory Yablonsky, Ph.D. (2013); Kevin Depperman (2012) and Stuart A. Solin, Ph.D. (2012);Ettigounder (Samy) Ponnusamy, Ph.D. (2011) and Alexander Rubin, Ph.D. (2011); David A. Fischhoff, Ph.D. (2010) and Stephen R. Padgette, Ph.D. (2010); Ramesh K. Agarwal, Ph.D. (2009); Sherman J. Silber, M.D., F.A.C.S. (2008); Robert B. Horsch, Ph.D. (2006); Krishnan K. Sankaran, Ph.D. (2005); Rudolph N. Yurkovich (2004); Donald P. Ames, Ph.D. (2003); Richard E. Pinckert, Ph.D. and Jonathan S. Turner, Ph.D. (2002); Richard D. Bucholz, M.D. (2001)

The Innovation Award
recognizes a scientist or engineer - age 40 or under - who has demonstrated exceptional potential for future accomplishments in science, engineering or technology.

2014 Awardee

Caitlin Kelleher, Ph.D. - Hugo F. & Ina Champ Urbauer Career Development Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Kelleher's work focuses on democratizing the activity of programming to allow a more representative population participate in the design and creation of new technologies. Over the last few years, she has focused on two populations: middle school students and therapists working in stroke rehabilitation. The programming environment for middle schoolers, Looking Glass, enables kids to learn to program by constructing 3D animated stories, sharing them, and reusing and modifying parts of other kids' programs. Dr. Kelleher's work in stroke rehabilitation was inspired by research suggesting that with repetitive practice, the brain can re-learn lost motor control. Her research group has explored both how to embed effective therapeutic motions into video-game context and how to enable therapists without a programming background to create custom games for individuals recovering from stroke.

Past Award Recipients: Angel Baldan, Ph.D. (2013) and Katherine A. Henzler-Wildman, Ph.D. (2013); Audrey R. Odom, M.D., Ph.D. (2012); Randall J. Bateman, M.D. (2010); Ganesh K. Venayagamoorthy, Ph.D. (2010); Jonathan M. Chase, Ph.D. (2009); Timothy E. Holy, Ph.D. (2009); Sonya Bahar, Ph.D. (2008); Eric C. Leuthardt, M.D. and Ali Shilatifard, Ph.D. (2007); Shelley D. Minteer, Ph.D. (2005); James H. Buckley, Ph.D. (2004); Phyllis I. Hanson, M.D., Ph.D. and James P. McCarter, M.D., Ph.D. (2003); Karen L. Wooley, Ph.D. (2002); Jonathan B. Losos, Ph.D. (2001); Steven F. Dowdy, Ph.D. and Michael E. Wysession, Ph.D. (2000); Laura L. Dugan, M.D. (1999); Scott Hultgren, Ph.D. (1998); James M. Bornholdt, Ph.D. (1997); Alison Goate, Ph.D. and Robert D. Davinroy (1996); Jacob D. Langer, M.D. (1995)

The Science Educator Award recognizes a distinguished individual or organization on the basis of outstanding contributions to science education or to the public understanding of science, engineering, or technology.


2014 Awardee

Robert J. Marquis, Ph.D. - Professor and Director Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, University of Missouri - St. Louis

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.

Past Award Recipients: James Wilson, Ph.D. (2013); Pamela Gay, Ph.D. (2012) and Michael W. Friedlander, Ph.D. (2012); Young Scientist Program, Washington University in St. Louis (2011); Harold H. Harris, Ph.D. (2010); Victoria Lynn May (2009); Harold R. Messler, B.S. (2008) and John Rigden, Ph.D. (2008); Patrick L. Osborne, Ph.D. (2007); Kenneth Mares, Ph.D. (2006); Robert A. Williams, Ph.D. (2005); Paul H. Young, M.D. and William L. McConnell (2004)


The George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award
recognizes outstanding achievement in science, engineering, or technology that results from collaboration among two or more (up to three) individuals across disciplinary or institutional boundaries.
Award not presented in 2014.
Past Award Recipients: Timothy J. Ley, M.D. (2012) Elaine R. Mardis, Ph.D.(2012)
Richard K. Wilson, Ph.D

Teacher of the Year Awards
srecognizes two science teachers from the St. Louis metro area and awards $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