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Academy of Science-St. Louis announces recipients of Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards
Date:1/13/2011

science began with her early days in molecular cell biology at Washington University. As a young researcher, she was sought after by her colleagues, hoping to tap her expertise with the electron microscope and her leading-edge research on proteins as transfer agents informs many of today's scientists. Yet it is Symington's passion for sharing the wonders and future of science with the next generation that garners her the Academy's Trustees Award.

For close to 20 years, Symington has been a driver, visionary and brain trust for the mission of the Academy of Science and strong supporter of the breadth of scientific discovery in our region. Whether it be fostering translational medicine, plant science research, world ecology, or helping young girls realize they have a place in science, she has been a beacon, living the Academy mission of promoting the understanding and appreciation of science.

Linda Cottler's work has influenced psychiatric epidemiologists globally. Her direct research and outreach on HIV prevention and drug addiction has spanned many continents and she is internationally known for the development of reliable, widely used assessments for substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders in the general population.

Yet, for her international reputation, Dr. Cottler has made an enormous impact on the streets of St. Louis. Her work as a pioneer in community engaged research took shape more than 20 years ago, as she collaborated with the City of St. Louis Health Department and local African American organizations to document high risk behavior rates, develop prevention programs and interventions and create a model for re-engineering the country's community engagement and clinical research programs. Cottler is recognized for her "benchside to curbside" approach to science outreach and understanding.

The Science Educator Award recognizes a distinguished individual or organization on the basis of outstanding contributi
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Contact: Mary Burke
mburke@academyofsciencestl.org
314-322-5214
Academy of Science, St. Louis
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