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June 5: Racing Test ‘n’ Tune & Operation Street-Legal drag racing

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 Racing returns to World Wide Technology Raceway Friday night with race car testing and Operation Street-Legal drag racing. A limited number of spectators will be permitted for this event.   5 p.m. – Gates for Pit Pay app users. 5:30 p.m. – Gates for on-site purchasers. 6 p.m. – Racing for Pit

Natural Bridge managing editor builds virtual community through online reading series

UMSL MFA student Molly Harris leads the production of the university’s literary journal, Natural Bridge. She organized a virtual reading series featuring contributors from this year’s issues that’s taking place over the following weeks. (Photo by August Jennewein) Molly Harris refused to name her favorite piece of writing in the latest issue of Natural Bridge

Big dreams from the latest cohort of the Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Pitch Competition

UMSL students (from left) Emily Delgado, Emily Haas and Brian Trull garnered valuable entrepreneurship skills during this year’s UMSL Accelerate Entrepreneur Quest Student Accelerator Pitch Competition. (Photos by August Jennewein and Emily Haas) What’s for dinner? In shock, speechless and pinching herself. That’s how Emily Haas describes her reaction to taking the top spot at

Digging for truth: Anne Austin uncovers tattoos and more in Egypt

Assistant Professor of Anthropology Anne Austin discovery of tattoos on a mummy at the site Deir el-Medina and unlocked new understandings about the role of body art on women in ancient Egypt. (Photo by August Jennewein) Anne Austin was holding an iPad rigged with an infrared camera over a mummified torso. It was a long

A $1.4 million award helps plant researcher Kevin L. Cox Jr. help the world

Alumnus Kevin L. Cox Jr. was one of 15 scientists awarded a 2019 Hanna H. Gray Fellowship, which comes with a $1.4 million award to support postdoctoral and faculty research. (Photo courtesy of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center) Please see attachment. That was all the email said. “Just like last year,” University of Missouri–

Confronting coronavirus through art

Associate Professor Jennifer McKnight hosted a Zoom image-making class on March 24 to boost morale during social distancing. Professor Jeff Sippel guided his students through innovative ways to continue their printmaking classes from home working without a press. Junior Ari Craig (prints below) created interesting textures through objects glued to foam boards using what supplies

IN UNISON Scholars program helps students find their way in the world of music

UMSL alumna Michelle Byrd (at left) serves as the coordinator of the IN UNISON Scholars program, a strategic initiative of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra that provides up to six scholarships for African American UMSL students studying in a music-related field. Cellist and aspiring conductor David Brown (center) and vocalist Alayna Epps, who is pursuing

Assistant Professor of Social Work Erica Koegler brings light to sex and labor trafficking in the Midwest

Assistant Professor of Social Work Erica Koegler researches sex and labor trafficking in the midwest. (Photo by August Jennewein) What role do social workers or social service agencies play in identifying victims and traffickers? They are predominantly the ones who are identifying and referring victims to trafficking-specific services more so than community members. They see

Infographic: Social mobility at UMSL

This infographic was created by Marty Baragiola and originally published in the spring 2020 issue of UMSL Magazine as a companion to “Doing better than your parents: Access and student success drive social mobility at UMSL.” If you have a story idea for UMSL Magazine, email Original Source

Gyanpriya Maharaj studies Guyana‘s biodiversity, ecology and butterflies

After finishing her biology doctorate at UMSL, Gyanpriya Maharaj returned home as a faculty member and director of the Centre for the Study of Biological Diversity at the University of Guyana. (Photo courtesy of Gyanpriya Maharaj) When Gyanpriya Maharaj spies multicolored butterfly wings flitting atop a flower, it’s more than an Instagram opportunity for her. It’s

Senator Bill White’s Capitol Report for the Week of May 15, 2020

Getting Back to Our Normal Routines I believe we all felt a collective sigh of relief in our neighborhoods this week as Missouri slowly started to re-open following the end of local stay-at-home orders throughout the state. It was great to see lines of eager customers forming outside of businesses whose doors had been closed

UMSL DNP preps Sally Breen for coronavirus care on the edge of Navajo Nation

A paper on the Navajo Nation written during her DNP program led Sally Breen to Canyonlands Urgent Care in Page, Arizona. From left: Breen, Brenda Hanson, MA; Tanya Secody,MA; Cyndi Tsosie, CSR; Priscilla Lyons, MA; Miranda Lister, MA; Alejandra Vargas Avilla, MA; Mark Brown, PA-C. (Photos courtesy of Sally Breen) The whir of helicopters overhead

Kristin Sobolik appointed 8th chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi and the Board of Curators named Kristin Sobolik the new chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis on Thursday. (Photo by August Jennewein) In three years, Interim Chancellor and Provost Kristin Sobolik has had an outsized impact on the University of Missouri–St. Louis as an agent of positive

MSD Project Clear Encourages St. Louis Residents to ‘Know Your Zone’, Protect Their Homes From Flooding

The average flood damage claim for homeowners and renters exceeds $35,000 in damages, residents without insurance in low-risk flood zones receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding. (April 8, 2020) – Floods are the most common and most costly natural disaster.  The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD Project Clear or MSDPC) is reminding residents

April 7th Board of Aldermen Meeting

To help reduce the potential of COVID-19 exposure, the City of Eureka will switch to a virtual format for the Tuesday, April 7th Board of Aldermen meeting. The meeting will be live streamed on the City’s YouTube Channel at 7:00 p.m. as usual. There cannot be a guest period as a result of this change.

PPE donation gets much-needed supplies to Affton Fire Protection District

ST. LOUIS ( — An extra batch of safety equipment is giving first responders what they need to make it on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. Affton Fire Protection Assistant Chief Aaron Rhodes accepted 200 boxes of gloves and 100 boxes of suits donated by MSD Friday. “It will make sure we have a

Successful inaugural WWTR iRacing event paving the way for track’s eSports league

World Wide Technology Raceway Successful inaugural WWTR iRacing event paving the way for track’s eSports league (above) March 29 — The winning car of Scott Andrews (Speed51 image) April 1, 2020, St. Louis Region – Professional drivers from NASCAR, INDYCAR, NHRA, USAC and a host of other motorsports sanctioning bodies competed last Sunday in World

Stop flushing everything down the toilet, MSD says

KMOV ST. LOUIS ( — Plumbers and utility companies say with the shortage of toilet paper at stores, it’s tempting people to flush items like paper towels and napkins down the drain. Since the coronavirus chaos caused thousands to empty shelves of toilet paper from retail stores, officials with the Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) say

Live Updates: Coronavirus In The St. Louis Region

St. Louis Public Radio The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is moving to postpone a vote on Proposition Y that was scheduled for April 7. Proposition Y will determine how MSD funds $1.5 billion in capital improvements over the next four years. The decision is in the hands of circuit courts in St. Louis and

St. Louis sewer district wants bond vote delayed because of COVID-19

The Bond Buyer The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District will go to court in an effort to postpone a $500 million bond referendum because of the COVID-19 outbreak. MSD staff recommended delaying the vote, which is scheduled for April 7. The agency’s board of trustees approved an ordinance at its meeting Monday night that authorizes

Tunnel Updates – February 2020

Deer Creek Sanitary Tunnel SAK Construction LLC NTP given on Sept. 4, 2017. Substantial completion of the tunnel is scheduled for Nov. 30, 2021, and final completion of the tunnel and dewatering pump station is scheduled for Sept. 9, 2022. The $147.7 million job for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District comprises 22,800 lf of

Richard R. Wilson appointed to MSD Board of Trustees

Richard R. Wilson was appointed to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) by St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. Read the full story in the St. Louis American The post Richard R. Wilson appointed to MSD Board of Trustees appeared first on Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District. Original Source

MSD investigating source of raw sewage incident affecting Berkeley homes

Fox 2 has learned new details on the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District’s investigation into a clogged sewer main that caused raw sewage to back up into at least four homes in Berkeley. Read the full story on Fox 2 The post MSD investigating source of raw sewage incident affecting Berkeley homes appeared first on

MSD blames grease plug for causing sewage backup into Berkeley homes

Several Berkeley residents are dealing with cleaning up raw sewage that backed up into their basements. The culprit, a clogged MSD sewer main. “You have a water main break- it`s like that, just coming out of the floor, out the sewer, the sewer drain,” said Ronnie Ransom describing the water that came into his basement.

MSD preparing for possibility of flash flooding

With so much rain predicted to fall in such a short time, folks were preparing for the possibility of flash flooding. Russ Hoffmeyer of Crestwood remembers what happened last summer during a bout of heavy rainfall. “You hear sirens and firetrucks come by; they block the street,” he said. Read the full story on Fox