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Sinquefield Center for Research donates $765,000 to COVID-19, cross-discipline research at Saint Louis University; Research guided by SLU’s core Jesuit values

by Dean Minderman

The Sinquefield Center for Research, Inc. announced that its latest cycle of research-related funding to Saint Louis University (SLU), totaling more than $765,000, will support several innovations in COVID-19-related research along with critical, specialized equipment. The donation is part of the Center’s 2018 multi-year $50 million gift that established the SLU Research Institute to accelerate the University’s rise as a world-class research institution. The funds will be shared across multiple departments, disciplines, investigators and faculty.

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, who along with her husband Rex, established the Sinquefield Center for Research, described the inspiration and purpose of the donation, “I refer to this as SLU research… the Jesuit way. SLU’s president Fred Pestello and Ken Olliff, vice president for research, have encouraged the University’s researchers and faculty to work together with one shared goal, to conduct and advance cutting-edge research that will best serve the community. The projects we are funding fit perfectly into SLU’s historic service-focused mission, challenging and providing opportunities for the university’s diverse community of students, faculty and researchers to make the world a better place.”

The breakdown of funding includes $300,000 for rapid COVID-19 research, which engages more than 40 members of the faculty across 20 departments, including the SLU Center for Vaccine Development, which houses one of only nine Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Units leading the effort to find a COVID-19 vaccine; public health research; geospatial research; and emergency preparedness.

An additional $300,000 for the SLU School of Medicine Research Growth Fund, involving multiple Investigators doing innovative research across the School of Medicine. The fund will focus on strategic investments that accelerate research growth in the School of Medicine.

The remainder of the grant cycle funding, just under $200,000, is being used to purchase new Single-Cell RNA Sequencing equipment that will be shared among 10 faculty members across five departments and laser-scanning Confocal Microscopy that will be shared among 13 faculty in three departments for use in addressing infectious diseases and other high-priority research.

This funding cycle continues the Sinquefield Center for Research’s ongoing support for the SLU Research Institute. The Research Institute leverages the Center’s contributions to provide critical support for outstanding researchers, advance the university’s research growth ambitions and accelerate SLU’s rise as a world-class research institution.

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April 2020
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2020 Cairns Cup tournament attracts top
women chess players from around the world

by Dean Minderman
Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield (fourth from left) with players competing in the 2020 Cairns Cup

The 2020 Cairns Cup chess tournament opened on Thursday, February 6 at the St. Louis Chess Club with a field of top women players from around the world, including nine grandmasters.

This was the second year for the tournament, which was created specifically for women and named in honor of the co-founder of the club, Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield (née Cairns). Ten players competed in a round-robin format for a prize fund totaling $180,000 – $30,000 more than last year – with the top three finishers receiving $45,000, $35,000, and $25,000.

After ten days of tournament play, GM Humpy Koneru was the winner, with GM Ju Wenjun taking second place, and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina and GM Mariya Muzychuk tying for third place.

On the tournament’s break day, the St. Louis Chess Club once again invited girl chess players seeking to earn their Chess Merit Badge for Scouts BSA for a “community day” to work on their badges and get tips, photos and autographs from the pros.

For a closer look at the 2020 Cairns Cup tournament, read the Mic.com article “Inside the cutthroat world of women’s professional chess.”

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February 2020
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Article spotlights SLU’s Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research

by Dean Minderman

A recent article in St. Louis University’s campus newspaper University News spotlighted the work being done at the university’s Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research.

The Center, founded in 2018 with funding from a $50 million dollar donation to SLU from Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, conducts research focused on economic growth and social welfare than can inform public policy.

Currently, “we are interested in human capital development,” said Michael Podgursky, P.h.D., the director of the Center. “We want to know where kids [in the education system] are succeeding and failing. We want to find out how we can make education work better in the area.” You can read the complete article online here.

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February 2020
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