Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum LAUREN PADAWER (’96) is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska. The company harvests mineral-rich glacial mud from the Copper River and combines it with organic extracts to use in its sustainable skincare line. The Shark Tank episode featuring Padawer airs on Friday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m.

St. Louisans already know this, but now, there’s research to back it up: A recent study of the best places to live in Missouri finds St. Louis-area neighborhoods occupying every spot in the top 10. The CITY OF GLENDALE takes top honors, according to the study by national real estate brokerage firm, Movoto. Glendale, which has a population of about 6,000 residents, managed the best average of out of the 137 cities surveyed when it came to cost of living, crime rate, high-school diploma attainment, median household income, median home value, median rent price and unemployment rate. Also in the top five are Town and Country, Ladue, Wildwood and Chesterfield. Rounding out the top 10 are Creve Coeur, Dardenne Prairie, Clayton, Ballwin and Manchester.

Washington University School of Medicine researcher ANDREW YOO is the recipient of the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest government honor for innovative researchers in their field. Yoo, an assistant professor of developmental biology, is known for his work in identifying the function of microRNA molecules in controlling the packaging of the genome and the reprogramming of cell fates. The work may lead to better ways to help patients with neurodegenerative disorders such as Huntington’s or Parkinson’s disease. The honor, given by PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, will be awarded at an upcoming ceremony in Washington, D.C.

There’s still time to enter the NATIONAL SOCIETY OF ARTS AND LETTERS’ (NSAL) 2014 Competition. This year’s competition, Music: Woodwinds, is open to artists ages 18 to 24, who are offered a rare opportunity to perform for a panel of top-ranked professional judges. Applications are due Feb. 3, with the St. Louis Chapter competition taking place at The Sheldon on Feb. 24. Serving as judges this year are Chamber Music Society of St. Louis’ MARC GORDON, St. Louis Symphony principal clarinet SCOTT ANDREWS and Symphony principal flute MARK SPARKS. The local winner will compete in the national competition in Charleston, W. Va., in May. The national NSAL competition has awarded the likes of SHIRLEY MACLAINE, opera’s JESSYE NORMAN, and Broadway’s MEGAN HILTY among its top winners. For more information, visit

If you’re out and about this weekend, stop by Ladue Middle School on Sunday, Jan. 12, to support student HARRISON WRIGHT, who is hosting a gently used clothing, book and toy drive to benefit SAINT LOUIS CRISIS NURSERY. Harrison, a member of Ladue’s Boy Scout Troop 344, is holding the drive for his Eagle Project. Donations will be collected from noon to 4 p.m. Harrison lives with his mom, BETH, in Ladue.

Fox 2’s SHIRLEY WASHINGTON, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, has released a new eBook called The Diary, a heartwarming tale about a husband who is planning a surprise for his wife for their 10-year wedding anniversary. Washington previously co-authored The Motherhood Club: Help, Hope and Inspiration for New Mothers from New Mothers and A Gift for Girls: Words of Wisdom from Successful Women. Washington and her family live in Ladue.

A Chesterfield woman’s debut novel is drawing rave reviews for a tale about the infamous Jack the Ripper. Author FEDORA AMIS has won Mayhaven’s Award for Fiction for Jack the Ripper in St. Louis, her humorous whodunit set locally in 1897. The protagonist is a young reporter named Jemima McBustle who roams through the back alleys of Victorian St. Louis on the trail of the notorious serial killer.