His vision and leadership in the establishment of a clinic for the underserved have garnered BOB FOX the 2011 St. Louis Award. Each year, the award recognizes a St. Louisan who has contributed “the most outstanding service to the community.” Fox, owner of NewSpace Office Interiors, is the founder of Casa de Salud, a midtown health clinic for the city’s underinsured and uninsured Hispanic population.

A top disease prevention expert at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes- Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine is the recipient of a Medal of Honor from the American Cancer Society. DR. GRAHAM COLDITZ, an internationally known leader in cancer prevention, was honored for his focus on understanding the preventable causes of chronic disease, and translating that research into guidelines and policies aimed at promoting healthier lives.

Also, WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’s Genome Institute has received a $114 million grant to continue its groundbreaking research, including efforts to develop new technologies to improve the accuracy of genome sequencing and analysis of data. The four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health underscores the expertise of the Institute, one of only three large federally funded genome centers in the U.S.

WEBSTER UNIVERSITY and THE MUNY have announced a new partnership that will combine the university’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts with the St. Louis arts institution. Webster provost and senior VP JULIAN SCHUSTER says the partnership will elevate the experience for students, allowing them “to gain experience alongside the most talented professionals in musical theater.”

The holidays came early for residents of BRENTMOOR RETIREMENT COMMUNITY, courtesy of students at L’ECOLE CULINAIRE. Under the supervision of chef instructor DAMON PAYNE, the students served residents with a holiday feast that featured corn chowder, pork tenderloin and sweet potato hash.

You lose, you gain…That’s the idea behind the ‘Lose for Good’ campaign at a local WEIGHT WATCHERS location. Dieters at Weight Watchers’ Creve Coeur chapter are contributing a pound of food for every pound lost. This means great news for the folks at the HARVEY KORNBLUM JEWISH FOOD PANTRY, where participants so far have donated some 4,000 pounds of food!

The SHAW PARK ICE RINK, which is celebrating 50 years this year, has reopened following a recent round of repairs. A New Year’s Eve skate is planned later this month. For more information, call 290-8595 or visit claytonmo.gov/rink.

Former self-described “starving artist” D’ANNE WEBER of St. Louis has made it to the big time: Her artwork can now be found at Bed Bath & Beyond stores across the country. But of special importance to folks here is the artist’s ‘I Love St. Louis’ collection, featuring locally manufactured, hand-signed and numbered canvas giclées depicting more than 70 iconic images of everything from Busch Stadium and the Cardinals’ World Series win to the Kirkwood Train Station. For more information, visit danneweber.com.