The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur $8.3 million to increase the nutritional value of a staple crop in Africa.
The St. Louis Science Center has named an interim CEO after its former CEO, Doug King, left for the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Dr. Philip Needleman is a former practicing scientist at Washington University in Pharmacology and later at Monsanto as Chief Scientist.
Most recently, Needleman was the interim president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
In a press conference this morning, the Danforth Foundation announced that it is closing after 84 years of operation at the end of this fiscal year, May 31, 2011.
The foundation's last act will be a $70 million donation to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
The last donation is the largest in foundation's history, which has contributed $226 million to the Plant Science Center over the years.
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