University Web site is redesigned. Communications and Public Affairs and Information Technology have launched phase one of the university’s new Web site design, including the new home page as well as the Scientists & Research, Newswire and About sections. The design overhaul will continue through the spring, with rollouts of the Graduate School, Hospital, Featured Events, Departments and Resource Centers sections. The new site design is specifically geared toward external audiences, including the general public, the media, fellow scientific institutions, donors and prospective donors/students/faculty/staff. Inside Rockefeller, the university’s intranet originally launched in fall 2008, will soon take over as the primary site for all internal department news, announcements and applications within the Rockefeller network. For more information or to provide feedback on the new site or Inside Rockefeller, please contact Alyssa Gelbard at x7080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A year ago, during a period of worldwide economic turmoil, I wrote to you about the university’s finances. In July we held our last “town hall” meeting when I updated the community on developments. I am writing now to inform you of the decisions we have taken concerning our future expenditure, set against the background of a still fragile economic climate.
An inaugural symposium named for Joshua Lederberg and John von Neumann, held in December at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, was the first of a series of collaborative events between Rockefeller University and the IAS to be held regularly as part of a joint initiative to bring biologists, physicists, computer scientists and mathematicians together to study biological phenomena through the lens of theory and mathematics. The event, “Toward Quantitative Biology,” featured a diverse group of speakers from around the world and attracted more than 80 participants.
As the fifth year of the university’s open faculty search enters its final round, applicants are up by 60 percent compared to fall 2008, and members of the search committee say the pool is stronger and more diverse than it has been in the past.
Christopher H. Browne, a member of The Rockefeller University Board of Trustees for the last 12 years, died of a heart attack on December 13, 2009. He was 62 years old.
Story time has been reimagined. With money raised from a raffle held last winter, the Child and Family Center has revitalized and reorganized its collection of children’s books and established a dedicated reading area for the center’s 100-plus children. CFC staff welcomed children and parents to the new library at an open house celebration January 29.
Later this year, on October 26, the Rockefeller University Hospital will celebrate its 100th birthday. In the century since its founding, more than 100 notable discoveries have been associated with the hospital, research that has bridged the work of physicians and scientists and addressed some of the world’s most pressing public health issues, including infectious and autoimmune diseases, heroin addiction, and AIDS. In recognition of a century of such groundbreaking research, the university is celebrating 2010 as The Rockefeller University Hospital Centennial.
Last December — just in time for the late-winter onslaught of driving snow and slippery ice — Plant Operations replaced the 50-year-old streetlamps lining the university’s main drive up to Founder’s Hall with new ones outfitted with brighter, LED bulbs. The new fixtures, which use about 90 percent less energy than the old, incandescent ones, also are about 70 percent brighter and provide wider areas of coverage.
Paul Bieniasz, the 2010 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award from the American Society for Microbiology, the society’s oldest and most prestigious prize. Dr. Bieniasz, head of Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Retrovirology and an investigator at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is recognized for his work elucidating the mechanisms of virus-host interaction in HIV infection.