Current Issue: June 22, 2007


Convocation is June 21. The Rockefeller community will celebrate the presentation of Ph.D. degrees to 28 graduate students at the 2007 Convocation on Thursday, June 21. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and naturalist Edward O. Wilson will receive honorary degrees. The David Rockefeller Award will be presented to Frederick A. Terry Jr., who has served on the Committee for Trust and Estate Gift Plans since 1982 and the Board of Trustees since 1992. More

New renderings show details of CRC interior


CRC 4th Floor ViewAs the start of construction on the Collaborative Research Center that will bridge Smith and Flexner Halls draws near, new drawings prepared by the project’s architects, Mitchell/Giurgola, reveal details of the building’s interiors — bright, open public areas that emphasize light woods, glass and sweeping curves. The drawings, along with samples of some of the materials that will be used for finishes, were presented to the university’s Board at its June 6 trustee meeting. More

A safe, comfortable home for servers

New Weiss data center is part of a strategy to secure Rockefeller’s information infrastructure


ServersThe university’s servers, a cluster of about 120 computers that operate Rockefeller’s Web sites, e-mail, file storage, financial and scientific databases and other services, have for years resided on racks located on the D level of Smith Hall Annex, a space not originally designed to house the advanced data infrastructure that Rockefeller now requires.
“The Smith Annex data center does not have adequate power supply or climate control systems by today’s standards. And since it directly borders the FDR Drive, there is always the slight possibility of damage in the event of an auto accident or a flood of the East River,” says Gerald Latter, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. More

New help for new grants

Rockefeller wouldn’t run the way it does if it weren’t for the dozens of capable leaders who run the administrative departments and support functions that see to things like paying our bills, cleaning our floors, fixing our computers and caring for our mice. This year we’ve made two important appointments at the department head level that I want to tell you about. More

Valets to solve parking crunch during campus construction


Commuters who use university parking will soon hand over their keys — to a valet. To make way for construction crews working on the north campus renovations and the Collaborative Research Center, the parking lots at the 66th Street gate, the Smith Hall Annex receiving area and along the outside of the 68th Street fence will be vacated by July 4. More

Weiss Café thinks green

New china and biodegradable containers help café patrons lessen their impact on the environment


There’s about to be a slew of new choices in Weiss Café — not in the food itself, but in how it’s served. Restaurant Associates, which runs the university’s food service operations, is implementing plans originally promoted by the Green Task Force to add reusable china and recyclable, biodegradable products in an effort to reduce the amount of disposable plastic, cardboard and polystyrene used — and trashed — on campus. More

A salute to dedication

Banquet honors those who retired or reached major milestones in 2006

The 10 individuals honored at the anniversary and retirement dinner on May 2 have collectively dedicated more than 300 years of service to The Rockefeller University. Add the people honored at the employee recognition reception on May 16, and it’s nearly a millennium. More

Reginald M. Archibald

Reginald M. Archibald’s career in medicine and research spanned over 40 years, and most of those years he spent at Rockefeller University. From his start in 1940 until his retirement in 1980, Dr. Archibald’s years at Rockefeller were devoted to understanding the nature of skeletal growth and the problems associated with it. Dr. Archibald passed away on May 10, at his home in Rochester, Minnesota. More

Frank Brink Jr.

When Frank Brink Jr. first began investigating how neurons work, he could not have known how significant a part he would play in mapping the unknown territory of the human brain. His research added considerably to our understanding of neuronal activity and his dedication as an educator provided constant inspiration to his colleagues, both at Rockefeller University and elsewhere. Dr. Brink passed away June 6, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. More

Leo Gordon

A Rockefeller University security guard for 17 years, Leo Gordon served under four presidents, joined in the celebrations of four Nobel Prize winners and attended the graduations of over 400 students. “A couple of his years here, he was chosen to carry the university flag in the Convocation processional. I never saw him so proud as he was on those days,” says Michael John, who as assistant director of security worked with Mr. Gordon for nearly two decades. More