Keith Stine, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named the 47th recipient of the St. Louis Award from the St. Louis Section of the American Chemical Society at a banquet Friday night at Glen Echo Country Club. (Photo by August Jennewein)
The American Chemical Society’s St. Louis Section for nearly 50 years has used its St. Louis Award to recognize chemists of varied backgrounds who’ve made outstanding contributions to the field.
“It’s gone to faculty, it’s gone to major researchers in local industry, it’s gone to people working at government agencies in the St. Louis region,” said Keith Stine, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.
Stine, unassuming by nature, would have been reluctant to insert himself among those ranks.
Fortunately, his UMSL colleagues did so on his behalf. Stine was chosen the 47th recipient of the prize first given in 1970 after being nominated by Professor Emeritus Lawrence Barton with support from Curators’ Professor Alexei Demchenko as well as Xuefei Huang, a professor and associate chair for research at Michigan State University.
Stine accepted a plaque and $1,500 honorarium at the St. Louis Award banquet Friday night at Glen Echo Country Club after a symposium that afternoon in Stadler Hall and a reception at the chancellor’s residence.
“Over the years I have nominated several other St. Louis area chemists for this award but I believe that the case to be made for Keith Stine is my strongest yet,” Barton wrote in the nomination letter he submitted last spring. “It describes a record of outstanding research, excellent and caring teaching, a superb record of service to education, to chemistry and to his employer, UMSL, and the most comprehensive record of service to the St. Louis Section of the ACS ever seen for a St. Louis Award nominee.”