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St. Louis Magazine

November 2021

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United States
SLM Media Group
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min
what’s the best st. louis–centric gift you’ve ever received?

“A framed poster-size drawing of the city in 1895—everything west of South Grand was farmland. It hangs in my kitchen. I stare at it often.”—Nicholas Phillips, Senior Editor“A dear friend gifted me Big Heart Tea Co.’s Cup of Sunshine, and the spicy turmeric-ginger blend really elevated my nightly tea ritual. Last holiday season, I gave friends the Cozy Gift Set.”—Amanda Woytus, Deputy Editor“The St. Louis Pub Pass is a passport that gives you special deals at a variety of local breweries. The best part is that you have the entire year to use it!”—Emily Cramsey, Art Director…

3 min
from the editor

WHAT STARTED AS a ho-hum assignment—picking up items for this month’s gift guide, serving as a sort of courier of consumerism—quickly turned into a whirlwind adventure in retail, with stops across a veritable cross-section of St. Louis. Among them: 1. A toy store in Sunset Hills, reminiscent of Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, with Playmobil playsets and puppets, trains and Tonieboxes. (Not familiar with a Toniebox? It’s a screen-free savior for my 5-year-old daughter, with some of her favorite Disney and Pixar characters reading and singing her to sleep.) 2. A collaborative creative workspace for women in Midtown, replete with bottomless tea and coffee, workshops and networking events, in-house photography and design services. 3. A nondescript space in Maryland Heights that houses exquisitely colorful handwoven baskets from a Senegalese-born fiber artist who pays “radical…

3 min
go, fish

DR. CHARLES KAUFMAN’S patients are always a bit taken with the zebra-fish. Kaufman is a physician-scientist who treats patients at Siteman Cancer Center. He is also an assistant professor of medicine and developmental biology at Washington University and studies melanoma in his lab. In photos on the lab’s website, he and his researchers pose with stuffies of the fish. (Instead of metallic blue stripes, the stuffies have blue flowers.) Kaufman’s lab uses the zebrafish-the real ones, 1-inch-long aquatic wonders that share more than 70 percent of their genes with humans-to study melanoma. Specifically, his team wants to figure out what mechanisms control the cancer’s onset. They’re attempting to identify the start of the disease early and treat it before it spreads. Skin cancers are the most common cancer. According to…

1 min
a race against time

The CRF has made significant strides in finding new ways to treat cancer. Here are a few of its more important accomplishments. 1954 The organization is established in Chicago by Maurice Goldblatt, co-founder of the eponymous department store chain, in memory of his brother. 1966 Dr. Charles Huggins, one of the earliest CRF grantees, wins the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his “discoveries concerning hormonal treatment of prostatic cancer.” Huggins also developed hormone treatment for breast cancer. 1986 The Cancer Research Foundation launches its Young Investigator Award program. 2009 Dr. Janet Rowley, a scientist at the University of Chicago and past CRF recipient, is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her contributions to cancer research. In the 1970s, Rowley was the first person to discover consistent chromosome translocations in human cancer.…

2 min
water power

MARCH 1, 2021 JUNE 7, 2021 JULY 5, 2021 APRIL 5, 2021 MAY 3, 2021 AUGUST 2, 2021 SEPTEMBER 6, 2021 FOR CENTURIES, HUMANS HAVE looked to water for answers. Ancient Druids used reflective pools for scrying, or predicting the future. Scientists searched for signs of water on planets to posit whether they once hosted life. So maybe it’s not surprising that researchers are looking to water—er, make that wastewater—for clues about where COVID-19 outbreaks are happening. ¶ Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Jeff Wenzel received a perhaps unenviable work assignment. Wenzel is the chief of the state’s Bureau of Environmental Epidemiology within the Department of Health and Senior Services. At an annual conference, Missouri Department of Natural Resources employees had heard about countries such as the Netherlands conducting sewershed testing for SARS-CoV-2. (A sewershed is an…

2 min
next best shot

A variety of public health issues are on Don Kauerauf’s radar, but the urgent need to improve Missouri’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is at the forefront. Kauerauf is the new director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. He worked in Illinois in emergency management, public health, and homeland security for 30 years before being named to his post. But he faces significant challenges. Misinformation about the vaccines is rampant. Gov. Mike Parson maintains that getting vaccinated is an individual choice. The governor, Kauerauf stresses, has “strongly urged” Missourians to get the shot. Still, only about 47.3 percent of Missourians are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Kauerauf’s take? “The goal of public health vaccination programs is to achieve 100 percent coverage,” he says. “However, for the COVID vaccination initiative, our…