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White House Honors UMSL Alumna

The science outreach efforts of a University of Missouri–St. Louis alumna have caught the attention of the White House.

It recently named Danielle Lee one of 10 “Champions of Change” for her work to support and accelerate science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for African American students, schools and communities. Lee earned her doctorate in biology from UMSL in 2010.

Lee is a self-styled “urban scientist” whose outreach efforts emphasize sharing science to general audiences, particularly under-served groups, via social media. She is a dominant presence on Twitter, and she writes a popular blog for Scientific American.

Her blog, “The Urban Scientist,” is hosted by the Scientific American Blog Network. In it she writes about her own research, urban ecology, evolutionary biology and diversity in the sciences.