The September issue of St. Louis Commerce Magazine was billed as “The Green Issue” – highlighting sustainability from a variety of perspectives. But forgive Chancellor Tom George for mistaking it for “The UMSL Issue.“

Seven separate articles focused on or included information about people and programs from the University of Missouri–St. Louis, including a standout feature on the campus’s research and contributions to the regional economy.

“The breadth and quality of UMSL activities is becoming more widely known in the region and beyond,” George said. “It was very inspiring to see it come together so clearly in this issue of Commerce.”

Among those featured were:

• Charles Schmitz, recently retired dean of the College of Education, was touted for his unique thoughts on promoting St. Louis as the “7th largest city” in the U.S. by combining St. Louis County and the city of St. Louis.

• The Des Lee Collaborative Vision and Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center, both at UMSL, were mentioned for receiving “What’s Right with the Region” awards from FOCUS St. Louis.

• UMSL chemist James Bashkin’s $1.83 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to research new antiviral treatments to fight human papillomavirus, or HPV, the chief cause of cervical cancer.

• Express Scripts’ expansion in north St. Louis County – including its growing partnership with UMSL – was the subject of a two-page feature.

Distributed in all 16 counties of the St. Louis region, St. Louis Commerce Magazine is published by the St. Louis Regional Commerce and Growth Association. It is highly read by senior-level executives and professional staff involved in economic development, human resources and marketing.

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Bob Samples

Bob Samples

Bob Samples is associate vice chancellor for university communications at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.