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Columbia's Nobel Prize Winner George Smith Speaks At Swedish Embassy Ahead Of Prize Ceremonies

On a cloudy morning Tuesday at the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., MU Professor Emeritus George Smith began a round of Nobel Prize celebrations prior to the official Nobel ceremonies next month in Stockholm, Sweden. The embassy room was packed front to back with scholars, students, and admirers, as Smith took the stage with three of the six American Nobel winners for 2018 who are being recognized for work in the fields of physics, physiology, medicine, and economics. Smith has been named...

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With Wednesday’s hiring of Brandon Martin as new athletic director, UMKC completed its self-assessment with where it wants to be moving forward: committed to the Western Athletic Conference.

“We have been Division I and intend to stay Division I,” UMKC chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal said, referring to the top division of NCAA athletics.

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Thursday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

After a tweet by the National Rifle Association last week suggested that medical professionals should “stay in their lane” when it comes to guns, many U.S. doctors responded with messages of their own. One surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital even launched the Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with Dr. Sonny Saggar, a St. Louis physician who has spoken up himself about this topic as well as other current issues.

Saggar is the owner of Downtown Urgent Care and until last December had worked for many years in emergency rooms around the St. Louis region. He grew up in England and also worked in the ER there before moving to the U.S.

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Doris Kearns Goodwin is an award-winning American biographer, historian, and political commentator who specializes in analyzing the administrations of United States presidents. Her latest book, “Leadership: In Turbulent Times,” details how past presidents dealt with crisis.

In today’s polarized political environment, she often gets asked, “Are these the worst of times?”

To that, she answers, “History can provide a perspective.” She cited difficult periods throughout the nation’s history, such as the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II.

With Wednesday’s hiring of Brandon Martin as new athletic director, UMKC completed its self-assessment with where it wants to be moving forward: committed to the Western Athletic Conference.

“We have been Division I and intend to stay Division I,” UMKC chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal said, referring to the top division of NCAA athletics.

This interview will be on St. Louis on the Air at noon Thursday. This story will be updated after the show. You can listen live.

After a tweet by the National Rifle Association last week suggested that medical professionals should “stay in their lane” when it comes to guns, many U.S. doctors responded with messages of their own. One surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital even launched the Twitter account @ThisIsOurLane.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh will talk with Dr. Sonny Saggar, a St. Louis physician who has spoken up himself about this topic as well as other current issues.

Saggar is the owner of Downtown Urgent Care and until last December had worked for many years in emergency rooms around the St. Louis region. He grew up in England and also worked in the ER there before moving to the U.S.

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Columbia’s Youth Advisory Council met Tuesday night to learn more about the city’s Climate Action and Adaption Plan.

The council decided one of its goals is to be environmentally friendly, so Eric Hempel, an Energy Educator in the city’s Office of Sustainability, explained to the group what actions they can take as a council and as part of the Columbia Community.Some ideas discussed included waste and light audits in the Columbia Public Schools and members of the youth council using their schools to spread awareness of the climate plan in the city.