Current Issue: September 26, 2008


Events calendar goes electronic. Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) and Information Technology have launched the final phase of the Rockefeller University Calendar of Events overhaul. A weekly e-mail of featured events is sent each Monday morning to all members of the campus community. In addition to information on lectures, seminars, symposia and campus events, the new e-mail calendar also contains brief speaker bios for featured lectures. For more information, contact CPA at x7900. More

New faculty member studies cancer metastasis


TavazoiSohail Tavazoie, a physician-scientist whose research focuses on the molecular basis of cancer metastasis, has been named assistant professor and will join Rockefeller University as head of the Laboratory of Systems Cancer Biology in January 2009.

Dr. Tavazoie, a native of Tehran, Iran, first developed an interest in science research in high school, when he took a Howard Hughes Medical Institute-sponsored summer course on bacterial genetics at the University of Utah. He considered a career in clinical medicine but found himself drawn to the lab even as he trained as a physician. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, both in 2003. Following his internship and residency, in internal medicine, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he joined Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he has been a postdoc since 2006, in the laboratory of Joan Massagué. More

Krueger named CEO of hospital


In a reorganization of senior leadership at The Rockefeller University Hospital effective July 1, James Krueger has been named chief executive officer, the organization’s highest administrative post. He takes over from Barbara O’Sullivan, who has served as CEO since 2005. Dr. O’Sullivan will retain her position as hospitalist and will also become medical director, a post formerly held by Dr. Krueger. More

Signs, screens and panels


In the coming months we will be unveiling several new initiatives aimed at improving some of the public areas — and making them easier to navigate and somewhat more useful.

The first of these initiatives, which has been in place since early September, is an exhibit in the lobby of Caspary Auditorium highlighting Rockefeller’s current and historical Nobel and Lasker prize winners. The exhibit consists of translucent plexiglass panels picturing each of the 36 prize-winning scientists, together with information about the discoveries that led to the awards. Not only is it a showcase of the individual achievements of our faculty over the years, it also represents the progression of biomedical science in the last century. More

Rockefeller hosts 2008 IQ2 debates

Intelligence Squared U.S., an organization dedicated to expanding and enlivening public discourse through debate, will hold several debates in Caspary Auditorium this year. The events, geared toward a public audience and broadcast via NPR, feature panels of experts arguing questions of current cultural and political import. More

For 50 New York City teens, a summer of science


Barry COllerGenerally, by the time Rockefeller University gets its hands on burgeoning scientists, they’ve already picked up the basics: cells, genes, maybe a couple of grueling months of organic chemistry. That’s not nearly early enough, say several university faculty members, as well as postdocs and students, who have been trying to make more of an impact on young, fertile minds. These scientists have, over the past several months, contributed their knowledge and enthusiasm to a variety of outreach efforts to middle and high school students and teachers.

Three such efforts, including two established programs and one that is brand new, have matched Rockefeller’s best and brightest with metro New York City students from a wide variety of backgrounds. More

Rockefeller gets ever greener


Longer grass and newer light bulbs may not do much to lower gas prices, but taken together, the university’s green initiatives have helped double the amount of trash that gets recycled and may slash energy usage by three to five percent, Plant Operations personnel report. Several dozen new initiatives, set in motion by the university’s Green Task Force, have also expanded the types of materials we are recycling, reduced the amount of paper consumed and in several more ways shrunk the university’s “carbon footprint.” More

Still life with scientist

Paul Nurse portraitA nearly nine-foot-wide painting of Rockefeller president Paul Nurse, by acclaimed British artist Jason Brooks, has been made part of the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. Mr. Brooks achieved a high level of precision by using acrylic paints and an airbrush, working from large-format photographs he took himself. From a distance, the painting is sharply defined, but close up it is made of abstracted forms, an attempt, in the artist’s words, “to get lost in somebody’s structure.” Jason Brooks studied at Cheltanham College of Art and Chelsea College of Art in London. He has won numerous prizes and exhibits regularly at Stellan Holm Gallery in New York.