The 2014 Convocation awarded 23 Ph.Ds to Rockefeller graduate fellows, bringing the total number of Rockefeller alumni to 1,150. The luncheon preceding the ceremony was held for the first time in the new, grandly restored Great Hall of Welch. Following tradition, faculty mentors joined their students in a procession across the campus, then presented each at a formal ceremony in Caspary Auditorium. Afterward, the campus community turned out for a reception in Weiss Café to celebrate the graduates.
In addition to 23 students, three seasoned contributors to basic science — two Nobel Prize winners and a philanthropist — received degrees from Rockefeller this year. In a tradition dating back more than five decades, the university awarded honorary doctorate of science degrees to distinguished individuals who have made notable contributions in their fields.
Given annually, the David Rockefeller Fellowship is intended for an outstanding third-year student who demonstrates exceptional promise as a scientist and a leader. This year, for the first time, the award has been given to two recipients, Raphael Cohn and Alexander Nectow
As the graduating class of 2014 moves on to the next stages of life and career, the Rockefeller community welcomes the incoming group of graduate fellows. There were 744 applications received this year, and after careful consideration by the admissions committee, 77 applicants were offered admission to the university.
Two faculty members were honored at this year’s Convocation luncheon with Distinguished Teaching Awards: Daniel Mucida, assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Mucosal Immunology, and Agata Smogorzewska, assistant professor and head of the Laboratory of Genome Maintenance.
Presented by Leslie B. Vosshall
B.A., University of Chicago
Abdominal-B Neurons Control Drosophila Virgin Female Receptivity
Presented by Alexander Tarakhovsky
A.B., Harvard College
M.D., Yale University School of Medicine
Stochastic Activation of Enhancers in the Innate Immune Response by the Histone Demethylase JMJD2D
Presented by Elaine Fuchs
B.S., M.S., National Taiwan University
Coordinating Stem Cell Behavior in the Hair Follicle
Presented by F. Nina Papavasiliou
A.B., Harvard College
Genome-wide Characterization of the Effects of Nucleic Acid Modifying Enzymes: Cytidine Deaminases and DNA Methylation
Presented by Sohail Tavazoie
B.S., Michigan State University
M.S., Northwestern University
Mutations in a Mechanosensitive Channel Enable Intravascular Metastatic Cell Survival