Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the Haitian earthquake.
The magnitude 7.0 tremor was the worst to hit the region in more than two centuries, killing over 200,000 people.
Today, more than a million Haitians are still living in tents and improvised shelters, without access to clean water and sanitation facilities.
Washington University professor Lora Iannotti was in Haiti on the day the earthquake struck. She has returned several times since then to continue her research in nutrition and public health.
Before going back to Haiti again last week, Iannotti spoke with St. Louis Public Radio’s Véronique LaCapra about health conditions in this struggling Caribbean nation.
The largest adult health study ever conducted in Missouri is underway across the state. The topic? Tobacco use and the diseases it causes.
The Missouri Foundation for Health is providing close to $2 million in funding for the telephone survey, which is expected to include more than 52,000 people.
Missouri Foundation for Health program officer Matthew Kuhlenbeck says the survey is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 2007.
An exhibition on climate change has opened at the Saint Louis Science Center.
The exhibition stays away from political controversies, focusing on the science of climate change and its human and environmental implications.
Through text, diagrams, interactive stations, and videos, the exhibition shows how human activities are producing greenhouse gasses and contributing to climate change.
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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