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 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.
The Rockefeller University Child and Family Center has grown by forty percent, doubling the number of infant spots available in the program and adding new seats for toddlers and preschoolers. The CFC’s new space on the second floor of the Graduate Student Residence features loft areas for play and integrated nap rooms.
For over 20 years, Rockefeller has recruited recent college graduates to join the university’s labs as research assistants. These aspiring scientists work alongside postdocs, grad students, and heads of labs, gaining invaluable experience before pursuing advanced degrees and rewarding careers.
The five-year “CTSA” grant will enable clinical work based at The Rockefeller University Hospital. The Clinical and Translational Science Award, given by the NIH, is designed to improve the translational research process and foster innovation in research methods, training, and career development.
HR has expanded the wellness lecture series, introduced free exercise classes at the fitness center, and welcomed nurse practitioner Ashley Foo, psychiatrist Daniel Knoepflmacher, and nutritionist Kim Ross.