Current Issue: July 3, 2009

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Coming soon, to The David Rockefeller Graduate Program Plans for Convocation kept many offices busy this spring, but behind the scenes, another group was already planning for the fall. Rockefeller’s application screening committee pored over 675 applications of potential new students, eventually winnowing the list down to 67 acceptances. Of those, 22 have enrolled to begin The David Rockefeller Graduate Program this fall. More

Convocation 2009

Convocation 2009
2009 is a landmark year for science. The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, father of evolutionary biology, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his classic text On the Origin of Species, this year is being marked with tributes across the world. It is also a milestone year for The Rockefeller University, which on June 11 celebrated the largest graduating class in its history. More

Cech and Greenberg presented with honorary degrees

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Dr. CechGenerations of new scientists have been affected by the work of Thomas R. Cech and Maurice R. Greenberg. Dr. Cech, former president of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and a dedicated teacher for over 30 years, has long been an advocate for the advancement of young scientists. Mr. Greenberg, chairman of The Starr Foundation and active in numerous other philanthropic initiatives, has made a second career of supporting the most innovative research. The recipients of this year’s honorary doctor of science degrees, Dr. Cech and Mr. Greenberg spoke at the June 11 afternoon Convocation ceremony. More

Fifth annual teaching awards honor Hudspeth and Nottebohm

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Fernando Nottebohm, Paul Nurse and A. James Hudspeth at the Convocation LuncheonThose who can, teach. From left, Fernando Nottebohm, Paul Nurse and A. James Hudspeth at the Convocation Luncheon.

While more than 1,000 students have braved the rigors of scientific pursuit to earn Rockefeller University doctorates, the faculty who mentored them have braved some rigors of their own: years of difficult questions, wild experimentation and attentive collaboration. Two of those faculty were honored for their untiring efforts at this year’s Convocation Luncheon. A. James Hudspeth, head of the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience, and Fernando Nottebohm, head of the Laboratory of Animal Behavior, are the recipients of the 2009 Rockefeller University Distinguished Teaching Awards. More

Sarah Wacker named 2009 David Rockefeller Fellow

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Sarah Wacker When it came time to choose a graduate school, Sarah Wacker’s method looked a little like a game of darts. Certain that she wanted to continue her study of proteins in a lively urban environment, she applied to what she considered the best school in every major city across the country. “I visited every school I applied to, and when I was accepted to Rockefeller, it felt right,” Ms. Wacker says. “Like hitting the bullseye.” Having now finished her third year in Tarun Kapoor’s Laboratory of Chemistry and Cell Biology, Ms. Wacker’s record is still going strong. This spring, she received the university’s prestigious David Rockefeller Fellowship. More

Convocation 2009

Following tradition, faculty mentors gave congratulatory tributes to this year’s graduates. Printed here are the transcripts of those speeches, as they were read on June 11. Three members of the class of 2009 — Taulant Bacaj, Sarah Garrett Injac and Satoshi Yoshimura — were unable to attend the festivities. Students in the Tri-Institutional M.D.-Ph.D. Program are marked with an asterisk.

Sourabh Banerjee

Sourabh Banerjee

B.Sc., St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi
M.Sc., Indian Institute of Technology
Studies of G Protein Coupled Receptors Incorporated into a Novel, Nanoscale,
Membrane-mimetic System

presented by Thomas P. Sakmar

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