Current Issue: April 17, 2009

University raises $29 million in new gifts


Five new private gifts, totaling over $29 million, will allow the university to launch several new programs and will help provide flexible financial support during the current economic downturn. The gifts, ranging in size from $3 million to $10 million, are positive news for the university and come at a time when the markets continue to be volatile. More

Science and the stimulus

Editor’s note: Paul Nurse has asked Mike Young, vice president for academic affairs, to author this month’s president’s column, about how the federal stimulus package will affect the university. Dr. Young has been following developments at the National Institutes of Health that may influence the university’s grant revenue.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which Congress passed in February to help stimulate the economy, includes the largest allocation of funds for scientific research that the National Institutes of Health has ever received. Over the next two years, approximately $8 billion in special funding will be directed to scientists at the more than 3,000 institutions that conduct NIH research — including Rockefeller University. More

Harvard biochemist named visiting scholar


Jack StromingerJack Strominger, a Harvard University biochemist and winner of the Lasker Award for discoveries involving key immune system structures, has joined The Rockefeller University as a visiting scholar for the month of April. On sabbatical from his post in the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard College (as well as at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Dr. Strominger is based in the laboratory of Sherman Fairchild Professor Michel C. Nussenzweig, whose research on dendritic cell function parallels Dr. Strominger’s work. More



Nadya Dimitrova, a 2009 Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. One of 13 awardees, Ms. Dimitrova was chosen for her work on repair mechanisms of double-strand breaks. The award offers an honorarium to advanced graduate students for the quality, originality and significance of their thesis research. Ms. Dimitrova, who is a graduate student in Titia de Lange’s Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, will participate in a scientific symposium at the Hutchinson Center in Seattle on May 1.