Peter Wyse Jackson

By yimkristine on March 26, 2019 in Environmentalism, Spring 2019

Peter Wyse Jackson is the president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, Wyse Jackson obtained a B.A. (Mod.) in botany and an M.A. from Trinity College Dublin, where he subsequently obtained a Ph.D. for work on the taxonomy of […]

Jonathan Losos

By yimkristine on February 11, 2019 in Environmentalism, Science & Technology, Spring 2019

As founding director of the Living Earth Collaborative, Losos seeks to marshal the might of three world-class organizations – the Missouri Botanical Gardens, the Saint Louis Zoo and Washington University, where he is the William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor in Biology – into a collaboration that transcends geographic and political boundaries to conserve biodiversity […]

Jeffrey Bonner

By yimkristine on February 11, 2019 in Environmentalism, Science & Technology, Spring 2019

Bonner has been president and CEO of the Saint Louis Zoo since 2002; in 2009 he became the Dana Brown President and Chief Executive Officer.   Noah’s efforts have been on Bonner’s mind as well, as evidenced in the title of his book, “Sailing with Noah.” Before Bonner became the leader of our local zoo, […]

Sarah Kliff

By yimkristine on February 11, 2019 in Science & Technology, Spring 2019

  The senior policy correspondent at Vox.com is an award-winning journalist and one of the country’s leading health policy experts who has spent several years chronicling Washington’s battle over the Affordable Care Act. She also hosts Vox’s podcast, The Impact, focusing on the real effects of such policies, as well as co-hosts The Weeds podcast […]

Becca Lewis

By yimkristine on February 11, 2019 in Science & Technology, Spring 2019

  Lewis is a doctoral student in communications at Stanford University and works at Data & Society, a research institute studying the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric technological development. Specifically, Lewis researches online political subcultures and grassroots media movements, with a focus on influence-building, media manipulation, and disinformation efforts among these groups. She […]

Anna Banchik

By yimkristine on February 11, 2019 in Science & Technology, Spring 2019

Banchik currently is completing her doctorate at the University of Texas-Austin. Her research interests focus on human rights fact-finding and advocacy, expertise, and visual culture. Her dissertation draws on ethnographic methods to examine the processes and techniques by which human rights practitioners evaluate open source and social media data linked to claims of human rights […]

Kim Gardner

By yimkristine on February 8, 2019 in Education & Society, National Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2019

Gardner was elected St. Louis Circuit Attorney in 2017, after serving as a Missouri House Representative from the 77th District. She received national attention last year for her role in pursuing the investigation into alleged unlawful activities by Missouri governor Eric Greitens, leading to his resignation. As circuit attorney, Gardner, an African American, is one […]

Wesley Bell

Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell’s recent upset of Robert McCulloch’s 28-year-run as St. Louis County Prosecutor was a stunning victory for the underdog running on a platform to reform its criminal justice system. This January, Bell became the first African American prosecutor in St. Louis County history. The son of a police officer, Bell’s resume includes […]

Jean Peters Baker

By yimkristine on February 8, 2019 in Education & Society, National Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2019

Throughout her long tenure in the Jackson County prosecutor’s office, Baker has served in nearly every unit. In 2012 she was elected as its leader. Baker is known as a fearless and compassionate advocate for the victims of crime, especially the young and most vulnerable, and for partnering with police and community leaders to confront […]

Adam Foss

By yimkristine on February 6, 2019 in Education & Society, National Issues, Social Justice, Spring 2019

A brief rundown of Adam Foss’s early years shows a trajectory that aligns with his choices as an adult: Born in Columbia and adopted by an Irish-American family from Massachusetts; experienced childhood as one of color in a small town; arrested at age 19 for marijuana possession but got off easy because his father was […]