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On January 29, 2015 the Danforth Center hosted its State of the Center report to the community. During the event, Center leadership presented an overview 2014 accomplishments, and important initiatives slated for 2015 to more than 250 constituents, donors and volunteers.
John McDonnell, chairman of the board of directors at the Danforth Center, welcomed guests and emphasized the importance of regional collaboration and the Danforth Center’s role in contributing to the growth the region’s innovative community.
Dr. Bill Danforth, founding chairman then took to the podium to describe how a vision of contributing to the progress and survival of humankind, of ending starvation, preserving a livable environment and bringing more science based jobs to our region began 17 years ago, resulted in the creation of the Danforth Center. He then took a moment to recognize an individual who has displayed exceptional dedication to its growth, and presented the Newell S. “Jim” Knight award to James Lee Johnson, III, who served as the first leader of the Danforth Leadership Council.
“We have to help build this Center and ecosystem and make this happen through support. We must nurture the jewels of St. Louis that has payback.” - Jim Johnson, 2015 Newell S. “Jim” Knight awardee.
Jim Carrington, Ph.D., president of the Danforth Center presented an overview of significant achievements in 2014 that illustrate the depth of collaboration that embodies the Center’s activities including; 99 publications, training of 61 postdoctoral and graduate students from 36 countries, $13.9 million in grant funding of which, 67% are multi-institutional collaborative grants. And science education programs that reached nearly 2000 students in 38 schools.
Following Jim’s remarks, the program transitioned to a panel discussion with Carrington and Sam Fiorello, president of BRDG Park, moderated by agriculture advocate and Danforth Center Friends Committee member, Molly Cline.
During the discussion, Carrington emphasized how the Center’s expansion will create new opportunities like a computational crop improvement team and a new Maker Lab. Fiorello then explained how the Danforth Center’s mission and expansion directly affects BRDG Park stating, “With more activity, more growth and more capital it will expand the existing innovative ecosystem we have developed here.” Carrington concluded the event by thanking the audience for their continued support that is critical to the success of the Danforth Center. “Meaningful outcomes will be shaped as improving food security crops, scientific teams creating companies and solving devastating crop diseases.”
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