Current Issue: December 12, 2008


Flu shots are available. Occupational Health Services is administering flu shots free of charge to all interested members of campus, including employees of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Population Council who work on the Rockefeller campus. Shots are available in room 118 of The Rockefeller University Hospital, daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call x8414. More

Former NYPD officer becomes security operations manager


MurphyThe position of security operations manager, left vacant in March by the departure of 31-year university veteran Michael John, has been filled by Michael J. Murphy, former lieutenant commander detective of the New York Police Department. Mr. Murphy, who directly oversees daily operations, personnel deployment and electronic surveillance systems on campus, began at Rockefeller University June 1. More

Winners announced in walking challenge


There’s no charity fundraising, no 26-mile course or nationally televised fanfare, but here on the Upper East Side, Rockefeller University has begun its own rendition of a New York City marathon. From October 13 to November 2, Human Resources hosted the first semiannual Rockefeller Walks competition, an initiative of HR’s Wellness program designed to promote a greater consciousness of healthy physical activity through the stimulus of a little healthy competition. More

New campus intranet centralizes electronic resources


inside thumbnailSince its introduction in 1994 the university’s Web site has tried to be all things to all people. Internal users trying to access library resources, get information on benefits or download petty cash forms have been forced to wade through links designed for prospective students, journalists and collaborating scientists. This fall, however, the launch of a redesigned intranet — called Inside Rockefeller and available at — has laid the groundwork for a separation of these two audiences that will, ideally, make life easier for both.


Collaborative construction

constructionBehind the fences, work on the Collaborative Research Center is proceeding on schedule. Over the past several months, crews in Smith Hall have poured a new slab for the sixth floor, constructed a new roof and penthouse for mechanical equipment, and have begun installing new windows and running electrical and ventilation equipment on several floors. Next door, at the site of the bridging building, excavation work is complete and the foundation has been poured; beginning in January, work will begin on the concrete “superstructure” that will form the building’s skeleton. Construction is also proceeding at the Comparative Bioscience Center, and it’s complete at the electrical vault under the 66th Street parking lot, where Con Edison is currently testing new equipment. For more photos and videos of the progress, visit

Nobel laureate George E. Palade, 95


George PaladeAt the presentation of his Nobel Prize in 1974, George Emil Palade was described as “largely responsible for the creation of modern cell biology.” The man whose research played a crucial part in bringing electron microscopy to the study of biological cells was an integral member of The Rockefeller University for nearly 30 years, and his scientific and intellectual influence is apparent in several laboratories in operation today. Professor Emeritus Palade, who resigned from the university in 1973, passed away Tuesday, October 7, at his home in Del Mar, California. More



Jan L. Breslow, the 2008 Senior Scholar in Aging Award from The Ellison Medical Foundation, for a project to determine the link between the nuclear hormone receptor PXR and aging processes. Dr. Breslow is head of the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism. More