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Electronic Media Intern — Fall 2012

Job Description:
Our electronic media intern will assist in the production of electronic content for the Academy of Science – St. Louis, including social media, video, photography, press releases, and electronic calendars. Tasks will include creating online content before, during, and after special events, educational programs, and membership activities. This opportunity will allow the creation of portfolio pieces in multiple media platforms.


  • Regularly post to all social media accounts held by the Academy of Science – St. Louis within the framework of the Academy’s established social media plan
  • Monitor social media accounts of collaborative and/or similar organizations throughout the United States. Follow or friend these organizations as necessary
  • Monitor select online STEM publications and blogs for content to share as needed
  • Develop relationships with relevant bloggers, providing them with information about Academy activities as needed. Create a database of bloggers to share with Academy staff.
  • Maintain Academy content on online event calendars, including, but not limited to RFT,, Alive Magazine, St. Louis Magazine, Ladue News, Town & Style, and
  • Work with Academy staff to draft and distribute online press releases as needed 
  • Assist in photo and video archiving
  • Attend Academy events and programs, schedule permitting, for the purpose of photography, videography, and social media content

Recent grads or students that are within two years of completing their B.A. in Communications, Marketing, or Journalism are qualified. Interns should have solid writing skills and be proficient in Photoshop, iMovie, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+, Vimeo, and YouTube. Must have own transportation.

Internship dates and hours:
August – December 2012. Up to 20 hours per week working around academic schedules. A possible extension to a full academic-year internship can be discussed at the completion of first semester for the correct candidate.

This internship is unpaid, but may be arranged for college credit. Includes free admission to all Academy events and programs.

To apply:
Please send your resume, writing samples, and examples of web content and/or new media to:

Lynn Cook
Director of Development

Check out photos from our Creve Coeur BioBlitz!
View them on Facebook. Thanks to Deepa Mohan for sharing her snaps with us.

Lucy’s Legacy: The Quest for Human Origins
By: Donald Johanson & Kate Wong

To find out more about the evolution of primates, join us for Dr. Jason Organ’s free talk - Fieldwork and Fossils: Primate Adaptations and Ecology on June 27.

The talk is FREE and OPEN to the public. 
Part of our On Science Seminar Series
OASIS at the Center of Clayton 
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Two Thousand Students Compete in One of  USA’s Largest Science Fairs

St. Louis, MO – May 2, 2012 – This week, 2000 students toting a colorful array of cardboard displays are pouring through the doors of the Greensfelder Recreation Complex in Queeny Park.  These students from public, private, parochial, and home schools across St. Louis County and City are arriving to participate in the Academy of Science  - St. Louis Science Fair

View the complete press release (PDF) here.


Media Contacts:
Mary Burke, Chief Executive Officer
314.322.5214 (cell),
Pam Smith, Science Programs Manager
636.262.9072 (cell),

View photos of the 2012 Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner from the Ladue News and on Flickr.
Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

View photos of the 2012 Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner from the Ladue News and on Flickr.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

Check out the Beacon’s portrait of an Outstanding St. Louis Scientist - Govindaswamy Chinnadurai.  (Govindaswamy Chinnadurai: Searching for cure for cancer, by Gloria S. Ross, St. Louis Beacon)

18th Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Starlight Ballroom – Chase Park Plaza Hotel

Since its inception, the Academy has promoted the recognition of the impressive scientists of St. Louis. This tradition continues with the Annual Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Awards. Each award-winner represents both an extraordinary caliber of expertise and a dedication to fostering science literacy.

(Click here for more information about this year’s award recipients.)

The Academy is thrilled to honor our 1998 Innovation Awardee, Scott Hultgren, with another Outstanding St. Louis Scientist Award - the 2012 Fellows Award. Congratulations!

Awarded in 1998 with the Innovation Award - which recognizes a scientist or engineer under age 40 who has demonstrated exceptional potential for future accomplishments in science, engineering or technology - Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D., has more than lived up to our expectations.  He was elected to National Academy of Sciences last year for his remarkable contributions to science.  This year we are proud to present him with the Fellows Award, which recognizes a distinguished individual for outstanding achievement in science.

Scott J. Hultgren, Ph.D., is the Helen Lehbrink Stoever Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Director of the Center for Women’s Infectious Disease Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

The Fellows Award will be presented as part of our 18th Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner on Thursday evening at the Chase Park Plaza, where Hultgren and our other 2012 awardees will receive their awards.

Soybeans in Automated Greenhouse Genetically modified soybean plants grow at Monsanto’s automated greenhouse in Raleigh, N.C. The greenhouse has conveyor belts to move plants around for watering, weighing, and pictures, so scientists can monitor their health without ever having to handle them. Photo Courtesy Monsanto
(How To Genetically Modify a Seed, Step By Step; Popular Science)

Kevin L. Deppermann, Chief Engineer - Senior Fellow at Monsanto Company, will receive the Academy’s James B. Eads Award for outstanding achievement in engineering or technology on Thursday night.  Deppermann has been issued nearly 30 U.S. patents in areas of automation and engineering, which is just one example of his pioneering approach to work.

Kevin will receive his award at our 18th Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards Dinner, held at the Chase Park Plaza. 

We are proud to recognize Michael Friedlander’s more than four decades of leadership in science education with the Academy’s 2012 Science Educator Award.

Michael W. Friedlander, Ph.D., is Emeritus Professor of Physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.  (Ten WUSTL faculty to receive Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards, Beth Miller and Diana Lutz.)

The Science Educator Award is part of our Outstanding St. Louis Scientists Awards.  It recognizes a distinguished individual or organization on the basis of outstanding contributions to science education or to the public understanding of science, engineering, or technology.

Friedlander will be presented with his award on Thursday evening at our 18th Annual Awards Dinner - for more information, click here.