News from the lab


I won an award!

In April 2019 I was honored to receive the UMSL Excellence in Civic Engagement Award. This award “honors three individuals (one UMSL Student, one UMSL Staff member, and one UMSL Faculty member) who demonstrate sustained commitment to civic engagement, both on and off campus.”

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I started a science happy hour!

Sometimes, science can be intimidating. Sometimes, science can be exclusive. But it doesn't have to be, and that's where Science Distilled STL comes in. We're taking science out of the ivory tower, and putting it into the brewery/bar setting instead. We know it's tough to pay attention after a long day of work, so we keep our talks short and fun, with trivia and Q&A in-between. The best part? The bar is open the entire time! 


I started working as a producer for The Story Collider!

True, personal stories about science. Every year, we host dozens of live shows all over the country, featuring all kinds of storytellers - researchers, doctors, and engineers of course, but also patients, poets, comedians, and more. Some of our stories are heartbreaking, others are hilarious. They're all true and all very personal.”


I spoke at the st. Louis March for Science!

"The march culminated with a few addresses from local science leaders, including Young. The Harris Center student scholar spoke about the importance of collaboration in science and the integration of so many people and minds that help bring about scientific discoveries.

She presented the center as a key example of this. The Harris Center, housed at UMSL, has a partnership with the Saint Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden and the university that supports graduate and undergraduate research in science."


Bob won the asn honorary lifetime membership award! 

"Robert Ricklefs’ approach to science captures the ideals of the American Society of Naturalists (ASN)—he combines his experiences as a field naturalist, experimentalist, and theoretician to build an integrative understanding of the natural world. The ASN is pleased to announce that Robert Ricklefs has been named an Honorary Lifetime Member of the society."