The outgoing Rockefeller president and his wife made the gift to express their thanks to the university community. The dramatic cedar sculpture, called Plate with Dots, was installed earlier this month in the Abby Lounge.
A new named chair—the Paul Greengard Professorship—has been established with a $5 million gift from The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Announced at a reception held in December, the professorship will honor Dr. Greengard in perpetuity.
After an extensive process, the initial phase of a reimagined and rebuilt rockefeller.edu will launch in March, featuring streamlined navigation, a design that automatically adapts to smartphones and tablets, and significantly improved functionality. The modernized website will more effectively communicate Rockefeller’s mission—and reflect its ambitious science and rich history of discovery—to the outside world.
Speaker Jean-Laurent Casanova outlined the history of research into infectious diseases and explained how some people can inherit a heightened vulnerability to certain microbial infections.
The Rockefeller community remembers Carolyn W. Slayman, who was one of the first women to graduate from Rockefeller’s Ph.D. program. Ms. Slayman died last December at age 79.
Catch up on Rockefeller faculty making headlines, including a New York Times feature of Daniel Kronauer, and stories about Sean Brady’s research on the microbes found in New York City parks and Leslie Vosshall’s study on predicting smell.
The gift, made by the Donald A. Pels Charitable Trust, will endow the Pels Family Center for Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Established in 1998 by Mr. Pels, who was a longtime Rockefeller Trustee, the center helps the university’s chemical and structural biologists share information, ideas, and resources.
This year’s Celebrating Science benefit, sponsored by Rockefeller’s Parents & Science initiative, raised a record $2.8 million for the university. The event, which drew 400 guests to campus for a scientific lecture and dinner, honored Board Chair Russ Carson and his family for their commitment to Rockefeller and their philanthropic leadership throughout New York City.
Bonnie Bassler, a pioneer in the field of bacterial communication, was honored with this year’s Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, presented the international award, which celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of women scientists.
The university’s Board has elected Huda Y. Zoghbi, a pediatric neurologist and neuroscientist, to serve as a Trustee. With her election, the university has 49 voting members.