Current Issue: March 12, 2010

Announcements

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 gelbara@rockefeller.edu.

Physics-biology symposium kicks off 
joint Rockefeller/IAS initiative

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.

The CFC hits the books

By the book. Teacher Lindsay Ronning reads aloud from the CFC’s new collection.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.

Rockefeller University Hospital celebrates 100 years

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.

Bright lights, safe city

streetlamp_storyLast 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.

Milestones

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.