Journalism School gift for science writing

St. Louis native and Joplin businessman Russell G. Smith II has given the Missouri School of Journalism $100,000 to promote health or science writing among students.
The Smith/Patterson Science Journalism Fellowship and Lecture Series is named for former MU professor Joye Patterson, who was Smith’s graduate school mentor in the 1960s and encouraged him to pursue science writing.
The fellowship will award a student a stipend and full tuition for one year and fund a lecture series for discussion of current trends in science journalism. The first lecture will be this fall as part of the Journalism School’s Centennial celebration.
Smith earned a master’s degree in science writing and public relations in 1971. He is a managing partner of MYRUSH Futures LP, a Midwest investment property and consulting firm.

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