The Fellows of the Academy of Science – St. Louis is a prestigious association of St. Louis scientists and engineers of national and international reputation.
Many Academy Fellows are recipients of the Academy of Science – St. Louis Outstanding Scientists Awards, including the Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Award, Science Leadership Award (Individual), James B. Eads Award, Trustees Award, Academy Fellows Award and George Engelmann Interdisciplinary Award.
Fellows In the News (Oct 2017)
2012 Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award recipient and Academy Fellow, Scott Hultgren, Ph.D., was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine for groundbreaking work in medicine and health. Hultgren’s research into understanding urinary tract infections (UTIs), has led to changes in how UTIs are evaluated and is reshaping technologies involved in the design of vaccines and therapeutics to treat and prevent UTIs without having to use antibiotics. Hultgren is the Helen L. Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology, and director of the Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Academy Fellow, Jeffrey I. Gordon, M.D., was recently recognized for his seminal role in founding and expanding the field of human microbiome research with the 2017 Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize awarded by Columbia University. The prize is one of the top awards given for contributions in the biological sciences. Gordon is often referred to as the ‘father of microbiome’ for revealing the role human gut microbial communities play in health and disease. He and his colleagues have developed microbiota-directed therapeutic foods designed to repair microbiota immaturity.
The Academy’s 2014 Outstanding STL Scientist Trustees award recipient, and Fellow, Michael Cosmopoulos, Ph.D., UMSL‘s Hellenic Government-Karakas Foundation Chair of Greek Studies has been elected to The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) / La Société royale du Canada (SRC) for his scholarly archaeological and multidisciplinary contributions to the study of of ancient Greek civilization. The award is Canada’s highest honor bestowed for achievements in the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Lewis Diuguid, the son of Academy Fellow and 2009 Outstanding STL Scientist Award recipient, Lincoln Diuguid, Ph.D., writes in his recently published book, Our Fathers: Making Black Men, about his father’s lasting legacy as a black scientist in the 1940s. The 1st black man to earn advanced degrees from Cornell University, the lighter complexioned Diuguid refused to pass for white in order to be hired by American companies. Dr. Diuguid founded and opened Du-Good Chemical Laboratories on South Jefferson in 1947 and taught chemistry Harris-Stowe State University for nearly 40 years. Lincoln Duiguid passed away in 2015.
Fellows In the News (May 2017)
The Academy welcomes three new Fellows, Fiona Marshall, Ph.D., Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III, Ph.D., and L. David Sibley, Ph.D., by way of their election as Fellows to the National Academy of Sciences for continuing achievement in original research, and a fourth, George A. Macones, M.D., MSCE, by way of induction to the National Academy of Medicine. All four are from Washington University in St. Louis.
Internationally renowned for his research on the safety of vaginal birth after cesarean sections and developing new guidelines on monitoring fetuses during labor, obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. George Marcones, is the Mitchell and Elaine Yanow Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Marcones is a specialist in maternal-fetal medicine with expertise in caring for pregnant women with complicated pregnancies and those at risk for preterm birth. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific articles.
Dr. Fiona Marshall is the James W. and Jean L. Davis Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis where her research focuses on animal domestication and the beginnings of food production in Africa. Her use of zooarchaeological and ethnoarchaeological techniques to understand the relationships between early food production, climatic shifts, and the spread of early herders in Africa has positioned her as an international expert on human influences on African savannas and animal domestication.
Dr. Henry L. Roediger, III is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis and the Principal Investigator in the Department of Psychology’s Memory Lab where his research centers on retrieval processes in human memory. Current lines of investigation include the application of cognitive psychology to enhance education, the genesis of false memories, memory athletes and other superior memorizers, the relation between confidence and accuracy of memories, and collective memory. He is the published author of more than 250 articles, chapters, and reviews, and the author or editor of 14 books.
An internationally recognized leader in the field of cellular microbiology, Dr. L. David Sibley is the the Alan A. and Edith L. Wolff Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences, Department of Molecular Microbiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where his research in molecular parasitology focuses on Toxoplasma gondii, a widespread pathogen associated with HIV and other forms of immunosuppression.
Academy Fellow and 2007 Peter H. Raven Lifetime Achievement Outstanding St. Louis Scientist award recipient, David C. Van Essen, Ph.D., was recently elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Van Essen is the Alumni Endowed Professor of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He co-led the Human Connectome Project, funded by the National Institute of Health, a large-scale effort to acquire, analyze, and freely share high-quality neuroimaging data from 1,200 healthy adults, in order to enable exploration of brain connectivity and its relationship to behavior. The effort made major contributions in the realm of how scientists acquire, analyze, and share information about the living brain. Van Essen currently co-leads two “lifespan” projects that build on the techniques and findings of the Human Connectome Project. These current projects aim to capture the changes that occur as brains develop, mature, and age.
The following 2017 Academy of Science Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award recipients were elected as Fellows of The Academy at the 23rd Annual Scientists Awards dinner this past April:
Peter Wyse Jackson, Ph.D., President, Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis; Stephen M. Beverley, Ph.D., Marvin A. Brennecke Professor & Head, Department of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University School of Medicine; Philip O. Alderson, M.D., Dean Emeritus, Saint Louis University School of Medicine; Sharon L. Deem, D.V.M., Ph.D., Dipl. ACZM, Director, Institute for Conservation, Saint Louis Zoo; Ebenezer Satyaraj, Ph.D., Product Development Manager, Nestlé Purina; Jeremy Taylor, Ph.D., Curators Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Animal Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia; Tom H. Adams, Ph.D., Vice President, Biotechnology, Monsanto Company; Robert Standley, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, SunEdison Semiconductor, LLC; Edward Spitznagel, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Mathematics and Biostatistics, Washington University in St. Louis.
You can read more about their accomplishments HERE, on the Awards page of the Academy website.
— Sources: Gerry Everding, theSource, May 4, 2017, Four Faculty Elected to National Academy of Sciences, https://source.wustl.edu/2017/05/nas/; Washington University in St. Louis; and Washington University School of Medicine, contributed to these reports.
Tom H. Adams, Ph.D.
Philip O. Alderson, M.D.
Charles L. Armstrong, Ph.D.
Willis V. Hauser*
Paul S. Markovits, Ph.D.
Mildred Mattfeldt-Beman, Ph.D., R.D.
Alexander Rubin, Ph.D.
Krishnan K. Sankaran, Ph.D.
Ebenezer Satyaraj, Ph.D.
Ananthachari Srinivansan, Ph.D.
Robert Standley, Ph.D.
Monte C. Throdahl*
Samuel Isaac Weissman, Ph.D.*
Rudolph N. Yurkovich
* Denotes deceased