The Insider: 10.12.16

Another accolade for our library system: the year-old Grant’s View Branch (pictured above), which has a wall of windows overlooking Grant’s Farm, was recognized in the American Libraries 2016 Design Showcase as a “shining example of innovative architectural feats that address(es) user needs in unique, interesting and effective ways.” It was one of 15 libraries honored, and the only one in Missouri.

A generous $10 million gift from W.U. alums Andrew and Jane Bursky is slated to launch the Bursky Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy at W.U. School of Medicine. The gift also supports an endowed distinguished professorship for the center’s director, Robert D. Schreiber, recently named a senior adviser to the national Cancer Moonshot initiative led by Vice President Joe Biden.

Popular FM talk radio station KFTK-FM has made St. Louis radio history by adding two new frequencies that greatly expand coverage of its FM 97.1 dial position. Programming now can be heard also on FM 98.7 and AM 1490, with signals ranging from the far western edge of the metro area well into Illinois, according to Emmis senior VP & market manager John Beck. Listeners can dial into whichever frequency comes in strongest.

Welcome, new SLSO musicians! The symphony has added four new artists: second violin Janet Carpenter, who spent four years in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra; cellist Elizabeth Chung, who received her B.M. and M.M. from Juilliard School; bassoonist Vincent Karamanov, formerly of the Grand Rapids Symphony; and Yin Ziong, Juilliard student and principal cellist at the Pacific Music Festival for three years.

The Saint Louis Art Museum recently published Plains Indian Art of the Early Reservation Era, an examination of its collection of Native American Art, which was significantly enhanced by a 2010 gift from Carolyn Danforth. She donated artworks accumulated over the years by her late husband, Donald Danforth Jr. Pieces include beadwork and quillwork on hide that chronicle how indigenous groups of the Plains adapted their mobile lifestyle to the confines of reservations. The catalogue presents these works, along with expert essays.

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