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Media Coverage: June 2020

The University of Missouri–St. Louis makes a significant impact on the St. Louis area. Stories about the university, its scholars and their expertise are often covered by local and national news media. Media Coverage highlights some of the top stories but does not serve as a comprehensive listing. Notice a clip we missed? Email us at

Office of New Student Programs welcomes incoming Tritons through virtual orientation

Mallory Mason (left) and Kelsey Ginger were among 11 student orientation leaders who welcomed incoming freshmen and transfer students to UMSL and offered guidance during virtual orientation sessions. (Mason photo by August Jennewein; Ginger photo submitted) For decades, orientation has been a rite of passage for University of Missouri–St. Louis students – the point where

UMSL students highlight football poetry at Sport Literature Association Conference

During her presentation at the Sport Literature Association Conference, graduate student Gabrielle Hines explored masculinity in poems about football. Classmates Malaya Siy and Emily Pott joined her in a panel focused on football poetry. (Photo by August Jennewein) Football has dominated American sports for a long time, reigning as the country’s favorite since the 1970s.

College of Optometry partnership with Affinia Healthcare helps address health care equity in St. Louis

Assistant Clinical Professor of Optometry Tareq Nabhan (left) and optometry student Jennifer Bergie with a Topcon Maestro 2 that the College of Optometry provided for Affinia Healthcare. A partnership between the university and the federally qualified health center brings fourth-year optometry students and professors to downtown St. Louis to fill a health care gap for

Mary Edwin wins NCDA Article of the Year

The National Career Development Association recognized Mary Edwin’s article on STEM career aspirations among high school students in Career Development Quarterly. The article is a continuation of her two primary research interests – career development in schools and STEM career development. (Photo by August Jennewein) The National Career Development Association celebrated professionals working to empower individuals to

Community Psychological Service launching new psychosocial rehabilitation group for adults recovering from COVID-19

Professor Ann Steffen is leading a new psychosocial rehabilitation group targeted at adults ages 50 and older recovering after being hospitalized because of COVID-19. The rising death toll from COVID-19 has received regular attention on the nightly news. But often overlooked are those who’ve survived some of the most serious effects of the disease. More

MSW student contributes to Forward Through Ferguson with COVID-19 research

Lacey Corbett’s research for the Ferguson Commission identified the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on Black communities in St. Louis. Corbett and a fellow researcher found that COVID-19 case and death rates are nearly four times higher among Black St. Louis County residents compared to white residents. She has also worked to clarify misinformation about testing

Eye on UMSL: Lakeside lilies

Lilies bloom in vibrant red beside Bugg Lake on a recent summer day at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest to be featured in Eye on UMSL. Original Source

EdD alumni search for a solution to summer slide

UMSL alumni Scott Osborne and Bob Shaw examined summer slide in their doctoral dissertation, “Using Online Interventions to Address Summer Learning Loss in Rising Sixth-Graders.” The educators found that students who regularly participated in weekly interactive lessons online saw noticeable academic gains rather than losses during the summer months. (Photo by August Jennewein) Summer break is an

CLIMB program adapts to engage area high school students amid COVID-19 pandemic

UMSL’s Collaborative Laboratory Internships and Mentoring Blueprint, also known as CLIMB, has been providing high-ability but low-opportunity students such as Morgan Stith (at left) and Dakota Warren (center) hands-on lab experience each summer since 2015. But the program has had to adapt its format this year because of the COVID-19 and precautions that prevented students

George and Melissa Paz make largest philanthropic gift in UMSL’s history

Melissa and George Paz, a College of Business Administration alumnus and the former chairman and CEO of Express Scripts, have made a $4 million donation to UMSL to support scholarships. It is the largest philanthropic gift in the university’s history. (Photo by August Jennewein) George Paz never doubts the value of his college education. His

Alumnus Michael McKeever achieves IT success at Charter Communications

Michael McKeever, a software developer at Charter Communications, was nominated for the Charter Achievement Award for improving the accuracy and efficiency of generating the company’s billing reports. (Photo by August Jennewein) When Michael McKeever signed up for his capstone course in 2018, he knew his project would be vital to earning his bachelor’s in information

Jeffry Faulkner overcomes lack of resources to graduate with engineering job

An interest in architecture and construction led alumnus Jeffry Faulkner to the UMSL/WUSTL Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program where he studied civil engineering. After graduating in May, he started a job at Parsons as a associate roadway engineer in June. (Photo by August Jennewein) More than any other type of building, stadiums caught Jeffry Faulkner’s eye.

Eye on UMSL: Spreading the word

A billboard celebrating one of the many reasons students choose the University of Missouri–St. Louis greets motorists as they drive eastbound through downtown St. Louis on Interstate 64. This photograph was taken by UMSL photographer August Jennewein and is the latest to be featured in Eye on UMSL. Original Source

Tabari Coleman guides students through discussions about racial prejudice in ‘Dialogue, Decisions and Dissonance’

Tabari Coleman, the director of professional development at the Anti-Defamation League, has been leading UMSL students in a three-part series on race and racial socialization titled “Dialogue, Decisions and Dissonance.” (Screenshot) Tabari Coleman was setting expectations for a small but diverse group of University of Missouri–St. Louis students – and a few staff members –

UMSL leadership looks toward fall semester at virtual town hall

Jessica Long-Pease (clockwise from top left), Natissia Small, Matthew Taylor, Dixie Williams and Chancellor Kristin Sobolik discussed plans for the upcoming semester, including campus events and classes, and answered viewers’ questions during a virtual town hall. (Screenshot from UMSL Student Town Hall) For students, parents and educators, one question stays at the top of their

Community Psychological Service launching group therapy session to help cope with race-related stress and trauma

UMSL’s Community Psychological Service is launching a free online/telephone therapy group on “Coping with Race-related Stress and Trauma.” The nationwide protests that have occurred in the aftermath of the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others have created a renewed dialogue about racism in the United States. But it’s an issue that African Americans,

Ask an Expert: Ray Mundy sees pitfalls in airport privatization bills

Ray Mundy, director emeritus of the UMSL Center for Transportation Studies and executive director of the Airport Ground Transportation Association, gives his take on the prospect of leasing the airport. (Photo by August Jennewein) Last December looked like the end of the road ­for airport privatization in St. Louis. After approximately two years of exploring leasing

Professor James Bashkin talks PPE, antiviral treatments and green chemistry on Scientific Sense podcast

James Bashkin, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UMSL,  joined Gill Eapen on his podcast Scientific Sense, which delves into developments in science and technology. During the 45-minute episode, the two discussed Bashkin’s projects and research, including an affordable PPE sterilizer and antiviral treatments for HPV. (Photo by August Jennewein) Gill Eapen explores emerging ideas

Optometry alumna’s Humaneyezing Healthcare brings the art of doctoring to Instagram

Delaram Shirazian launched her Instagram account, Humaneyezing Healthcare, about six months ago. The College of Optometry alumna hopes to use it to bring light to doctor-patient communication. (Photo courtesy of Delaram Shirazian) The patient came in for a follow-up during Delaram Shirazian’s clinical rotation at Affinia Healthcare. He’d been to the clinic before, and his

Badri Adhikari receives NSF grant for research on protein distance prediction

Badri Adhikari received a $160,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research the use of artificial intelligence to create algorithms that predict the distance between protein pairs in amino acids. (Photo by August Jennewein) When Badri Adhikari became interested in computer science as a teenager, he didn’t imagine he’d one day be researching health

College of Education photo contest connects students during quarantine

Student Success Coordinator Karen Allman created the contest, and students in the College of Education submitted photos of their life during quarantine on Canvas. The contest lasted three rounds, with a new theme each time. Students shared snapshots of their pets, quarantine hairdos and baking and crafting projects. (Photos by Grace Connell) During the COVID-19

Bob Baumann retires after five decades with UMSL Global

Bob Baumann came to the University of Missouri–St. Louis as a student in 1965 and started working at UMSL Global as a temporary research assistant after graduation. During his 45-year career, he became assistant director and helped UMSL students travel the world. (Photo by August Jennewein) As high school graduation approached, Bob Baumann didn’t know

‘Where We Live’ course impacts communities and students alike

Counter clockwise from top left: University of Missouri–St. Louis students Luke Lauter, Ngoc Nguyen and Rachel Gabrian along with Assistant Teaching Professor and Community Engagement Coordinator Rob Wilson hold up a tourism banner the group designed on the behalf of the census-designated area Spanish Lake. The three students were four of 12 in Wilson’s “Where We

UMSL sees more than 21 percent increase in fundraising during 2020 fiscal year

UMSL raised more than $21 million in gifts, matching gifts and pledges in the 2020 fiscal year, an increase of more than 21 percent compared to 2019. (Photo by August Jennewein) The University of Missouri–St. Louis completed a strong fundraising year amid a change in leadership and despite a challenging economic environment created by the