After a mass migration just down the road a piece from the UMSL campus, 51 fêteurs and fêteuses gathered for the Award Banquet at the Glen Echo Country Club. The kick-off cocktail hour provided plenty of mingling time; those in attendance included 11 current and former members of Dr Stine’s research group for a nice reunion-ish feel. The poster describing the previous year’s accomplishments of the Saint Louis Section may have garnered some attention. Or not.Natalie LaFranzo (she of the official gavel) opened the formal proceedings by welcoming everyone to the 47th Saint Louis Award Banquet, then acknowledged the honoree, the Symposium Speakers, Section officers, and the eight former Saint Louis Award winners in the crowd. The hosts of the post-symposium reception, UMSL Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry Thomas George and his wife, Professor of Music Barbara Harbach were among the migrants from the post-symposium reception; we were very pleased to have them at the Banquet. Those present enjoyed an excellent meal featuring tenderloin Oscar: beef tenderloin topped with crabmeat, asparagus and a béarnaise sauce. Those absent … didn’t.
There were still a few items of business to dispense with after dinner. Dr LaFranzo introduced UMSL Professor Emeritus Lol Barton, who called upon Dr Stine to receive the award plaque and $1,500 check. Keith gave a brief general-audience presentation, Life in Two-Dimensions: Adventures in Surface Chemistry, describing his work on the assembly and properties of lipid bilayers and on the preparation and uses of porous gold for biotech applications.
Jim O’Brien served as semi-official photo-documentarian and captured a great variety of photos at both the symposium and the banquet. If the small selection here doesn’t satisfy you, you can see the full photostream here.