St. Louis Science Center

Zoo-Museum District
5:13 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Report Critical Of ZMD Adopted By St. Louis Aldermanic Committee, Debated By ZMD

At the Jan. 23 Zoo Museum District board meeting, from left: Thelma Cook, Charles Valier and Robert Lowery.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon

A report sharply criticizing St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District (ZMD) was adopted by the parks committee of the city’s board of aldermen Thursday.

Alderman Joe Roddy, parks committee chair, released a draft of the report this week following a year of investigation.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission?

The St. Louis Zoo
(Via Flikr/Derringsdo)

Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.  Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Morning headlines: Thursday, February 9, 2012

Flickr/orangeacid

Parkway School District to cut spending

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Parkway School Board has approved cutting spending by about $7.5 million to $9.6 million during the next two school years. The school board approved the cuts Wednesday night.

Reductions include eliminating 20 positions from administration and support staff, mostly through attrition.

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New president at the Science Center
9:54 am
Wed November 9, 2011

New president for the Saint Louis Science Center

Bert Vescolani has been named the new president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center, replacing Doug King.
(Business Journal Photo by Johnny Quirin via Saint Louis Science Center Press Release)

A former executive at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago has been named president and CEO of the Saint Louis Science Center.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that Bert Vescolani will replace Doug King, who left almost a year ago to head the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

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Morning round-up
9:16 am
Tue October 4, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

U.S. President Barack Obama stresses a point while speaking about his health care reform package at St.Charles High School in St. Charles, Missouri on March 10, 2010.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Obama to visit St. Louis today

Following a speech in Dallas promoting his jobs bill, President Obama will attend two private fundraisers in St. Louis , one at a downtown hotel on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, and the other at the home of Tom Carnahan, the brother of Congressman Russ Carnahan and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan.

Not everyone is pleased with the President's plans. Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says the President seems to be more focused on campaigning than on solving the nation's problem.

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Morning round-up
9:25 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Morning headlines: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Mississippi River Bridge under construction.
Photo courtesy of MoDOT

Workers threaten to shut down construction on Mississippi River bridge

A group that's trying to get more construction jobs for minority workers says it'll shut down work on a new Mississippi River bridge near St. Louis. The Metro East Black Contractors Organization says it's meeting with the director of the Illinois Department of Transportation on Friday. The group says it'll shut down work on Monday if the meeting isn't satisfactory.

St. Louis Science Center to reduce number of VPs

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Morning headlines: Monday, August 1, 2011

Ill Gov. Pat Quinn will sign the Illinois Dream Act August 1, 2011 in Chicago.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Quinn to sign Dream Act today

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn is set to sign a bill that gives illegal immigrants access to private scholarships for college and lets them enroll in state college savings programs. Quinn will visit Benito Juarez Community Academy in Chicago on Monday to sign the Illinois Dream Act.

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Morning round-up
9:22 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, July 8, 2011

A 10-member commission could vote as early as August on a restructuring plan for the St. Louis Science Center.
(St. Louis Science Center)

Staff cuts possible at St. Louis Science Center

Staff cuts are possible at one of St. Louis' most popular attractions. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a 10-member commission that oversees the St. Louis Science Center could vote as early as August on a restructuring plan. That is according to Ted Hellman, chairman of the commission.

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:30 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists

Dr. Terry Woodford Thomas of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center works with some young citizen scientists at Algaepalooza 2010. (Backyard Biofuels)

Algae, that very same stuff that turns aquarium walls and backyard fences green, are also a potent source of energy, and hold significant potential as a clean, renewable fuel source.  Algae were first investigated as a source of energy back in the 1970’s when high gas prices prompted an interest in alternative energies and the US Department of Energy created the Aquatic Species Program.  That program was discontinued in 1996, but as oil costs have continued to rise and energy independence has reemerged as a national priority, researchers around the world, and many right here in St. Louis, are again focused on the potential of algal biofuels.

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St. Louis Science Center
2:09 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

St. Louis Science Center names interim CEO

Dr. Philip Needleman was named the new interim CEO of the St. Louis Science Center today. (Photo: St. Louis Science Center)

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.

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