Current Issue: October 22, 2007

Announcements

Visiting Scholars Program seminars begin next week. During their stay, Rockefeller’s visiting scholars, Peter Goodfellow and Philip Campbell, will give special seminars, together and separately. The schedule, along with their campus contact information, is below. More

Pharma exec, editor to be university’s first visiting scholars

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

For a few weeks this fall, talk on campus will step beyond basic science. Former pharmaceutical executive Peter Goodfellow and Nature editor in chief Philip Campbell will join The Rockefeller University this month as its first visiting scholars. The Visiting Scholars Program is part of the effort set in place by the university’s strategic plan to actively promote cross-disciplinary collaborative exchange (see “From Paul Nurse”); Drs. Goodfellow and Campbell will each visit for two weeks, and in spring 2008 Dr. Campbell will return for a month’s visit. They will have office space on the fourth floor of Nurses Residence. More

Why visiting scholars?

One of the strategic aims identified in the plan for the university is to foster interactions among scientists at all levels. Over the past few years we have introduced a number of vehicles to encourage greater intellectual exchange. These include the Monday Lecture Series, now entering its third year, the Insight Lecture Series and new investments in our core resource centers.
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Princeton physicist joins Rockefeller as part-time visiting professor

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

William BialekThere’s more than one way to visit. While Peter Goodfellow and Philip Campbell will each spend a few weeks here as visiting scholars, William Bialek has committed to a longer-term stay as a part-time visiting professor. A theoretical physicist and professor at Princeton University, Professor Bialek joined Rockefeller University this month and will spend approximately one-quarter of his time on campus, initially for a two-year period. The appointment, created to encourage further cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts across the physics-biology line, was discussed among faculty and administration over the summer months and made official in August.
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Milestones

Awarded:

Sean Brady, a 2007 Beckman Young Investigator Award, for his work in the discovery and study of naturally occurring small molecules and their therapeutic potential. The award, which comes with a grant of approximately $300,000, was established in 1991 by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to acknowledge the contributions of tenure-track scientists in the early stage of their research careers.
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