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Five WashU founders recognized at St. Louis Inno Fire Awards

Five WashU founders recognized at St. Louis Inno Fire Awards

On July 9, the St. Louis entrepreneurial community came together for St. Louis Inno’s Fire Awards, which recognizes the innovators shaping the entrepreneurial ecosystem and applauds companies and organizations growing their teams, launching new products, and positively impacting society. The companies recognized include five WashU alumni, and we are thrilled to see their continued commitment to St. Louis and the impact their startups are having on the local ecosystem and beyond.

The infrastructure of fragmentation

The infrastructure of fragmentation

In “Radical Atlas of Ferguson, USA,” which will be released by Belt Publishing Aug. 6, Professor Patty Heyda from Washington University in St. Louis utilized more than 100 maps to chart the often-opaque forces that have shaped Ferguson, Missouri, and other first-ring American suburbs since the early 1980s. Tax incentives, housing codes, roadways, policing, philanthropy, even landscaping — all can work against the fundamental betterment of residents’ lives.

Cinema St. Louis highlights WashU student filmmakers

Cinema St. Louis highlights WashU student filmmakers

Seven films created by WashU students will be featured in the 24th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase in 2024. Organized by Cinema St. Louis, the festival highlights work written, directed, edited and/or produced by St. Louis natives and by those with strong local ties.

Bringing Healthcare to the Streets: The Mission of Street Med STL

Bringing Healthcare to the Streets: The Mission of Street Med STL

In a world where healthcare often operates on rigid schedules and within traditional settings, there exists a growing need to adapt to the realities of those who cannot easily access or adhere to such structures. This is where organizations like Street Med STL step in, redefining healthcare delivery by taking it to the streets, quite literally.

Zayed to lead new Division of Surgical Sciences

Zayed to lead new Division of Surgical Sciences

Mohamed A. Zayed, MD, PhD, a vascular surgeon known for his pioneering research in vascular diseases, has been appointed director of the newly established Division of Surgical Sciences in the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He will assume his new role July 1.

University members selected for Focus St. Louis leadership class

University members selected for Focus St. Louis leadership class

Members of the Washington University in St. Louis community are among those selected by Focus St. Louis, the region’s premier leadership organization, to participate in its 2024-25 civic leadership programs. Lindsey Alt, director of leadership development and of the Institute for Leadership Excellence in the Office of Human Resources, and Sean Armstrong, dean of the School of Continuing & Professional Studies, were selected among 60 local leaders.

The path of a community organizer

The path of a community organizer

Experiences with St. Louis organizations led WashU alumna Samantha Searls to a career in advocating for immigrants. Now a program director at Cincinnati’s Ignite Peace, with a focus on immigrant rights, Searls was named one of the city’s 10 Women of the Year for 2023.

Opening doors

Opening doors

This spring saw the graduation of the first cohort of the WashU Pledge, the bold scholarship initiative for Pell-eligible students from Missouri and southern Illinois set into motion by Chancellor Andrew Martin at his 2019 inauguration.

WashU Medicine launches Center for Translational Bioinformatics

WashU Medicine launches Center for Translational Bioinformatics

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is launching a Center for Translational Bioinformatics, an innovative joint effort of the university’s McDonnell Genome Institute and the Institute for Informatics, Data Science & Biostatistics. The center will bring together experts from diverse fields to accelerate precision medicine research and improve patient care by integrating comprehensive patient data and expansive genomic datasets.

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Groups poised to make St. Louis a national hub for neuroscience

Groups poised to make St. Louis a national hub for neuroscience

The bioscience community in St. Louis is collaborating on what it hopes will be the financial footing to make our region the neuroscience hub of the world. BioSTL, Washington University, along with others are working together to help secure a $160 million grant that would continue growing the neuroscience scene in St. Louis.

Construction of Eads Bridge 150 years ago shows what can happen with regional collaboration

Construction of Eads Bridge 150 years ago shows what can happen with regional collaboration

This year, St. Louis celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Eads Bridge, which was an incredible feat of engineering when it opened in 1874. At my inauguration as chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis five years ago, I drew on the Eads Bridge as an example of what St. Louis and WashU can achieve when we unite in common cause.

Researchers now prescribing fruits, vegetables to fight heart disease in St. Louis

Researchers now prescribing fruits, vegetables to fight heart disease in St. Louis

Prescribing medicine helps doctors respond to heart disease. Now, researchers here are studying if prescribing fruits and vegetables might help prevent it. The new Washington University study, called NutriConnect, examines if increasing access to healthy food can create lasting, positive lifestyle changes for people at risk for heart disease — the leading cause of death in St. Louis city, county and Missouri.

How a St. Louis app is turning food photos into cash for pantries

How a St. Louis app is turning food photos into cash for pantries

As a Washington University student, Andrew Glantz launched an app he hoped would turn food photos into food donations. A decade later, the app, GiftAMeal, has sent some 2 million meals — and hundreds of thousands of dollars — to food banks across the country.

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New Gateway South partner says project has great potential for economic growth in region

New Gateway South partner says project has great potential for economic growth in region

From the Arch grounds south along the Mississippi River, historic manufacturing buildings will soon be a center for advanced manufacturing. Clayton-based Real Estate investment firm Millstone Company is the newest partner in the Gateway South project by Good Developments Group. President Bob Millstone tells KMOX he signed onto the project because he sees great potential of economic growth for the region.

10 things St. Louis does really, really well

10 things St. Louis does really, really well

Experiencing the best of St. Louis is as simple as figuring out what the Gateway City does well—and leaning into that. Our list draws on more than a decade of research, and while it’s by no means exhaustive, you could use it as a cheat sheet to take pride in the region—or as a bucket list for visitors.

City awards $3.7M in grants focused on vacant lots, affordable housing

City awards $3.7M in grants focused on vacant lots, affordable housing

The city of St. Louis’ Community Development Administration (CDA) said Wednesday it has awarded $3.7 million through its Neighborhood Transformation Grants program. The funding is being provided through programs focused on community-driven development, affordable housing, vacant lot beautification and neighborhood planning. CDA began awarding its Neighborhood Transformation Grants in 2023, starting the program with funds from the federal American Rescue Plan (ARPA). 

$30M expansion planned for Maxine Clark’s Delmar Divine development

$30M expansion planned for Maxine Clark’s Delmar Divine development

Delmar Divine, the mixed-use redevelopment of the former St. Luke’s Hospital built on the “Delmar Divide,” will undergo a second phase of development. Construction is expected to begin later this year to add about 80 new apartments, additional offices and community space at Delmar Divine, located at the former St. Luke’s Hospital at 5501 Delmar Blvd. in the city of St. Louis’ West End neighborhood.

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park projected to generate over $660 million in regional economic impact within 10 years

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park projected to generate over $660 million in regional economic impact within 10 years

Saint Louis Zoo WildCare Park released a new fly-through rendering video and an economic impact report projecting that the project will generate over $660 million in economic activity across the St. Louis region within the next 10 years. WildCare Park, a safari park and conservation center under development in north St. Louis County, is expected to open to the public in 2027.

Effort to honor a century-old Chinatown in St. Louis moves forward

Effort to honor a century-old Chinatown in St. Louis moves forward

It was lost in plain sight: a Chinatown in downtown St. Louis that existed for nearly a century. It never made it to the history books and barely made the news. Now there’s a widespread effort to honor these stories in light of recognizing the city’s shared past. 

WSJ Names St. Louis One of Country’s Strongest Job Markets

WSJ Names St. Louis One of Country’s Strongest Job Markets

The Wall Street Journal recently looked at 380 metro areas to rate job market viability. St. Louis was named as one of strongest job markets in the country in the report, ahead of Denver, New York, Los Angeles, and others.