Current Issue: December 7, 2007


Holiday party is December 20. Highlights this year include Italian food and traditional Italian music performed by Richard Stillman on the 17th floor of Weiss Research Building, French food in Café East and Spanish tapas and music by Spanish guitarist Shan Kenner in Café South.


Concepts emerge for planned Welch Hall renovation


In the university’s early years, it was a grand space where scientists gathered for meals, study and discussion. More recently it has served as storage for archived journal volumes and office space for the library’s staff. But if new plans — under development since last year — proceed, Welch Hall’s restored library may again be known as one of the university’s central gathering spots. More

Grants office expands its mission under new director


Gila BudescuIn the hypercompetitive, high-stakes world of scientific research grants, Rockefeller’s faculty has a new leg up. This fall, Gila Budescu, most recently from Northwestern University, has joined the university as director of the Office of Sponsored Research and Program Development. The office, which previously focused on grant submissions and compliance, is now taking a broader view of the grant-seeking process, aiming to also explore emerging opportunities at the formative phase and to enable large-scale collaborative initiatives. More

City to study making York Avenue one-way

December 7, 2007


The New York City Department of Transportation is studying a series of proposals, introduced by three of Rockefeller University’s neighboring institutions, to revamp traffic patterns along York Avenue. If any of the proposals is ultimately implemented, it could mean changes to metered parking and bus routes serving Rockefeller and possibly converting York Avenue to one-way traffic, dramatically changing the routes by which vehicles access the university’s campus from the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive. More

Old spaces give way to new laboratories

As demolition work on the north campus kicks into full gear, several
relocated laboratories are settling into newly renovated digs further south. Plant Operations personnel, in conjunction with Planning and Construction, spent months refitting several spaces with new fixtures to accommodate specific labs. Three of those transformations are shown below. More

Calling all personnel

Rockefeller University expands its electronic alert notification system to include all members of the campus community


Send Word Now, an emergency alert system first implemented in 2005 to quickly communicate with “first responders” on campus during a disaster, has been expanded to cover all Rockefeller University e-mail addresses, phone extensions and university-issued cell phones. Starting this winter, Telecommunications will allow members of the university community to enroll their home and personal mobile device numbers as well. More

Life Trustee Brooke Astor dies at 105


Brooke AstorBrooke Russell Astor was known as a great conversationalist, but her philosophy regarding her life’s work was something she described succinctly: “Power is the ability to do good things for others.” The beloved grande dame of New York philanthropy circles and a trustee of The Rockefeller University for 35 years, Mrs. Astor died of pneumonia on August 13 at Holly Hill, her estate in Briarcliff Manor, New York. She was 105 years old. More



Dirk Albrecht, Maria Neimark Geffen and Jan Skotheim, 2008 Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards at the Scientific Interface. The grants, which come with $500,000 each over five years, are designed to foster the early career advancement of researchers with backgrounds in the physical and/or computational sciences whose work addresses biological questions. Dr. Albrecht is a postdoc in the Bargmann lab; Dr. Geffen is a fellow at the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology; and Dr. Skotheim is a postdoc in the Siggia lab. More