Current Issue: July 13, 2012

Convocation 2012

Convocation_BMarks_2012_v3The 2012 Convocation honored one of the largest graduating classes in Rockefeller history with 40 Ph.Ds awarded, bringing the total number of Rockefeller alumni to 1,110. Celebrations included an evening reception for the graduates and their families, a luncheon, the traditional cap-and-gown procession across campus, a formal ceremony in Caspary Auditorium during which graduates were presented with personal remarks from their mentors and a campus-wide celebration on the Peggy Rockefeller Plaza.

Honorary degree recipients advanced knowledge of RNA function

stetizdarnellTwo pioneers in the field of molecular biology were recipients of the honorary doctor of science degree at the June 14 Convocation ceremony: Rockefeller’s own James E. Darnell Jr., Vincent Astor Professor Emeritus and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Cell Biology, and Yale University’s Joan A. Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Teaching awards honor Brivanlou and Fuchs

teachingawards2Ali H. Brivanlou, head of the Laboratory of Molecular Vertebrate Embryology, and Elaine Fuchs, head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development, were this year’s recipients of Distinguished Teaching Awards. The awards were established in 2005 to recognize outstanding individual contributions to the university’s educational environment, and include a plaque and a monetary gift.

Moritz Armbruster

Moritz Armbruster was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and moved to the desert in Tempe, Arizona, when he was seven years old. Coming from a mathematically inclined family, he moved to New York and studied electrical engineering at the Cooper Union before enrolling for a Ph.D. here.

Coming soon, to The David Rockefeller Graduate Program

As the Rockefeller community says goodbye to the graduating class of 2012, a new group of talented students is set to join the campus in the fall. Approximately 700 applications of potential new students were received this year, and after much deliberation by the admissions committee, that list was narrowed down to 87 acceptances. Of those, 19 have enrolled in The David Rockefeller Graduate Program this fall and one has deferred admission until 2013.