Current Issue: July 13, 2007

Announcements

The next generation
In September, twenty new scientist-hopefuls will fill the gap left by this year’s graduates. Of an initial pool of 590 applicants, 12.5 percent were accepted, a number whittled down over the winter months by a screening committee overseen by the Dean’s Office and including Sean Brady, Hironori Funabiki, Charles Gilbert, Magda Konarska, James Krueger, Christian Münz, Eric Siggia, Erec Stebbins and Leslie Vosshall. More

Convocation 2007

Convocation 2007 Founder's StepsFor Rockefeller University’s newest class of scientists, the pomp and circumstance of June 21 was infused with a strong dose of high spirits. Rock­efeller’s 49th Convocation began with a Moroccan-inspired reception on June 20, followed the next day by a formal luncheon, gowning and a procession across campus, a graduation ceremony presided over by President Paul Nurse and a gala reception in Weiss Café. More

Bloomberg, Wilson receive honorary degrees

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

This year’s honorary doctorate recipients are from very disparate fields. One, an entrepreneur and politician, made his name with a technology that is now ubiquitous in the financial industry. The other, a scientist and author, made his leading the vanguard in the cause of biodiversity conservation. What the two men have in common is a proven dedication to furthering human well-being. The doctor of science, honoris causa — Rockefeller University’s highest honor — is conferred on individuals with exactly that quality. The 2007 honorary doctorates were awarded to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Harvard scholar Edward O. Wilson at the university’s Convocation ceremony June 21. More

Pellegrino awarded 2007 David Rockefeller Fellowship

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

maurizio_1For Maurizio Pellegrino, appreciation of the sciences has always come hand-in-hand with appreciation of the arts, and he developed his passion for both in high school. “I had the kind of teacher you could listen to for hours; there was a constant sparkle in her eyes when she talked about science,” Mr. Pellegrino says. “We did extracurricular activities connecting science and science fiction, science and cinema, science and literature.” That sensibility even runs in his family: His brother earned a degree in geology before becoming a professional actor. Mr. Pellegrino, a third-year student in Leslie Vosshall’s lab and an active member of the university’s choir and improv acting group, received this year’s David Rockefeller Fel­lowship at the Graduate Luncheon June 21. More

University’s David Rockefeller Award goes to Ted Terry

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Terry_1 Among the accolades for scholar-scientists, this year’s Convocation honored a man with a quieter but no less significant role — a volunteer. Frederick A. (“Ted”) Terry Jr., longtime trustee and chair of Rockefeller University’s Committee on Trust and Estate Gift Plans, received the 2007 David Rockefeller Award for Extraordinary Service to The Rockefeller University. More

Teaching awards honor de Lange and McKinney

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Among the sonorous festivities celebrating Rockefeller’s 28 newest alumni, the university honored two professors for their contributions to scientific education. At the Convocation Luncheon on June 20, President Paul Nurse bestowed the third annual Rockefeller University Distinguished Teaching Awards to Titia de Lange and John D. McKinney. More

Convocation 2007

Following tradition, faculty mentors gave tributes to this year’s crop of graduates. Printed here are the transcripts of those speeches, as they were read on June 21.