Current Issue: May 25, 2007

Announcements

Reset your password. As part of new Information Technology security measures, all members of the Rockefeller community are required to change the password that logs them into e-mail, Oracle Calendar, VPN and other IT services. The rules for the new password, devised to stay ahead of advanced hacking technologies, include using a minimum of nine characters. IT has been working with labs and offices individually to reset passwords and each group will receive advanced notice from IT of when to reset. Password resets are expected to be completed by the end of summer. For more information, go to www.rockefeller.edu/it/password.

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CRC to be a LEED-certified ‘green’ building

by ZACH VEILLEUX

The Collaborative Research Center, which will incorporate numerous environmentally friendly features in both its design and construction, will — if all goes as planned — be certified as a high-performance “green” building by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. More

Expanding scientific support

High-quality scientific research requires both sophisticated equipment and highly skilled individuals to operate that equipment. Over the past several years, the university has invested in a number of core resource centers that house much of our most expensive machinery as well as the highly trained, specialized personnel who know how to best work with that equipment and can be consulted on its use. More

Stanford veterinarian named new LARC director

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Ravi TolwaniRavi Tolwani, a veterinarian who spent over a dozen years in Stanford University’s animal research facility, has been hired to take over the directorship of the Laboratory Animal Research Center upon the retirement of current director Fred Quimby this summer. Dr. Tolwani joined Rockefeller University in February; he and Dr. Quimby will share responsibility for LARC during a six-month transition.
Dr. Tolwani, who was born in India and raised in the United States, holds a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn University, in Alabama. After two years in private practice, treating pets in Nashville, Tennessee, he turned to research, completing a residency and postdoc in molecular and cellular pathology and laboratory animal/comparative medicine at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. He then remain­ed at the school to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular pathology, which he received in 1994. For his research he developed a mouse model to study a common illness in humans associated with an enzyme deficiency in fat metabolism. More

Awareness projects to launch on York Avenue, FDR

by ZACH VEILLEUX

In a city where high-wattage billboards scream out from Times Square and even local delis tend to plaster their façades with signs, Rockefeller University maintains a surprisingly low profile. Nestled behind an iron gate and thick foliage on the west and cut off from the busy Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive by an imposing stone wall on the east, much of the neighborhood traffic — both pedestrian and vehicular — travels by without knowing we’re here. More

Rockefeller welcomes winged visitors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

A corner of campus that has for several years served as a staging area for construction work has been relandscaped — with an eye toward butterflies. Plant Opera­tions, which oversees the university’s landscaping, began the process this spring of transforming the land adjacent to the hospital’s western façade into a haven for butterflies. If the concept proves popular with the lepidopters, results should begin fluttering in over the summer. More

Virologist Jim Murphy dies at 85

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

The scion of a long line of scientists, James Slater Murphy’s life was infused with the spirit of scientific inquiry from his earliest days. The fervor for and dedication to pure research that he evinced in his later life were a hallmark of his association with Rockefeller University. Dr. Murphy passed away February 5, after a long battle with cancer, at his home in Deep River, Connecticut. More

Lewis Thomas Prize awarded to Richard Dawkins

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Richard Dawkins and Paul NurseThe committee that nominates and selects recipients of the Lewis Thomas Prize does not have an easy job; few people eloquently straddle the fields of science and literature. But there was little debate over Richard Dawkins, British ethologist and popular science writer, who was presented with the 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science April 24. More

Milestones

Awarded:

Sung Hee Ahn-Upton, a Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The award honors the late Harold M. Weintraub, who identified genes responsible for cell differentiation. More