Current Issue: May 29, 2009


Convocation is June 11. With 41 graduates, the class of 2009 is Rockefeller’s largest yet. Due to the large number of graduates, this year’s Convocation has been divided into a morning presentation ceremony and an afternoon hooding ceremony. The schedule of events: More

Alumna Agata Smogorzewska named to faculty


Agata SmogorzewskaAgata Smogorzewska, a physician-scientist whose research focuses on DNA repair and on the molecular basis of Fanconi anemia, a genomic instability syndrome that leads to leukemia and other forms of cancer, is Rockefeller University’s newest faculty recruit. The 2002 Rockefeller alumna, who studied under Leon Hess Professor Titia de Lange, will join the university in July as assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Genome Maintenance. More

Karen Booth to head Child and Family Center


Karen BoothKaren Booth, a teacher and administrator with over 35 years of experience in early childhood education, has been named director of the university’s Child and Family Center. She will take over the center’s operations this summer, replacing Marjorie Goldsmith, who is leaving after 17 years with the CFC (see “Marjorie Goldsmith to leave Child and Family Center,” below).


Telomerase researchers honored with Pearl Meister Greengard Prize


2008 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recipients Vicki Lundblad, Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Defenders of DNA. From left to right, the 2008 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recipients Vicki Lundblad, Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, Rockefeller University’s annual award for outstanding women in science, was presented this year to three scientists who together established the field of telomerase research. Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, Carol W. Greider of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Vicki Lundblad of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have elucidated how telomeres, which protect the integrity of chromosomes, are themselves protected by the enzyme telomerase. The women’s pathbreaking achievements were honored at a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on March 26. More

Hidesaburo Hanafusa, professor emeritus, dies at 79


Hidesaburo HanafusaAs an innovative researcher, spirited colleague and devoted mentor, Hidesaburo Hanafusa’s renown reached around the globe. Though he retired from The Rockefeller University and returned to his native Japan more than a decade ago, his influence as a member of the Rockefeller community is still present and his scientific legacy in the field of oncology is immutable. Dr. Hanafusa, professor emeritus and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Oncology, passed away Sunday, March 15, at Osaka University Hospital.


Caremark to save Rockefeller $150,000 per year


A decision to replace the company that manages prescription drug benefits for personnel enrolled in The Rockefeller University Group Health Care Expense plan, implemented in March, is expected to result in cost savings of at least $150,000 per year, according to Virginia Huffman, vice president for human resources. More

Heredity at the hospital

Plaque commemorating the landmark discovery that DNA is the molecule responsible for carrying genetic informationIn 1944, Rockefeller scientists Oswald T. Avery, Colin M. MacLeod and Maclyn McCarty made the landmark discovery that DNA is the molecule responsible for carrying genetic information. Sixty-five years later, dozens of colleagues, family members and admirers gathered in the first-floor lobby of The Rockefeller University Hospital, where a plaque commemorating that historical achievement was unveiled. The celebration, held on February 10, was the first in a series of events to celebrate the hospital’s centennial, which officially kicks off this fall.

A celebration of service

In 2008, 10 people retired and two celebrated anniversaries of service to The Rockefeller University. At a dinner in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Dining Hall on April 16, those 12 people were honored for their contribution to the university community. More



Pradeep Kumar, a Keck Futures Initiative grant from the National Academies. The grant, for $25,000, will fund a project titled “Interaction of Complex Biomolecules with a Complex Liquid: Role of Water in Biology.” Dr. Kumar is a fellow of the Center for Studies in Physics and Biology.