Current Issue: December 18, 2009

Announcements

Feeding holiday hunger. In conjunction with the student-initiated holiday food collection drive, which ran from December 1 to 18, Restaurant Associates has provided several turkeys and traditional holiday side dishes to City Harvest for its holiday dinners served to the homeless and hungry at soup kitchens across the five boroughs. City Harvest personnel will pick up the birds and fixings next week. For information on how to donate food or volunteer with City Harvest, visit www.cityharvest.org. More

University receives nearly $27m in ‘stimulus’ grants

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Investigators at The Rockefeller University have so far been awarded 41 federal grants and supplemental awards through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) — the so-called “stimulus” legislation passed by Congress last winter. The awards — 40 from the National Institutes of Health and one from the United States Department of Energy — range in size from about $5,000 to nearly $4.6 million and total approximately $27 million. The funds, most of which will be spent over a two-year period, are for new and ongoing projects in biomedical and clinical research and training. More

William Huyett joins Board of Trustees

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

William HuyettWilliam I. Huyett Jr., a director at the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and a trustee of the Marine Biological Laboratory, has joined the university’s Board of Trustees. A senior executive in McKinsey’s pharma-medical products practice, Mr. Huyett was elected at the trustees’ fall meeting on November 11. More

Burglary in Bronk; fire in Flexner

Burglary in Bronk; fire in Flexner

Alert employees help contain damage from two separate incidents in November

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Two incidents on campus last month demonstrated the importance of campus participation in notifying Security personnel to potential problems. A burglary in Detlev W. Bronk Laboratory on Tuesday, November 17 and a fire in Flexner Hall on Monday, November 30 were both halted in progress after individuals in the proximity alerted Security. More

Pearl Meister Greengard Prize honors Australian geneticist

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Paul Greengard, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Suzanne Cory, Wafaa El-Sadr and Paul NurseWomen’s work. From left, Paul Greengard, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Suzanne Cory, Wafaa El-Sadr and Paul Nurse.

This year’s Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recognizes Suzanne Cory, an Australian geneticist whose work has included significant revelations about the workings of the immune system and the pathogenesis of cancer. President Paul Nurse presented Dr. Cory with the prize, the sixth annual award, at a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on November 5. More

Boil, boil, toil and trouble

New boiler to increase efficiency of university’s heating and cooling

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Boiler
Boiler number four. The new Cleaver-Brooks boiler in its new home.

Below the buildings of the south campus, three levels underground and reached by a labyrinth of stairways, are the millions of pipes, pistons and valves that keep the university engine running. Among the normal sound and fury of machinery that supplies 24-hour heat and cooling for the hundreds of radiators, hot water taps and autoclaves on campus, this fall brought a tumult of new activity — in the form of a new boiler. More

Philip Siekevitz, pioneer in cell biology, dies at 91

by JOSEPH BONNER

Philip Siekevitz was a passionate New Yorker. Through a nearly century-long life, he was an active participant in the city’s cultural, music, art and architecture scenes — and, especially, in its science. Professor Emeritus Philip Siekevitz, a member of The Rockefeller University community for over 30 years, died in Manhattan on Saturday, December 5, of a stroke. He was 91. More