Category Archives: Campus News

Drug discovery fund begins making grants | Campus News

A new $25 million initiative, created earlier this academic year to help develop basic research discoveries into new medical therapies, has had a promising launch, with $1.55 million in awards granted to Rockefeller scientists in its initial phase. The first awards are for proof-of-concept projects aimed at identifying and validating potential therapeutic targets. They include pilot funding for 12 early stage projects, two novel diagnostics, one vaccine and one stem cell therapy approach. Funding was also provided to four more advanced projects: one for development of a vaccine and three for novel cancer therapeutics.

Inaugural ‘Science Saturday’ draws families

Jointly hosted by the Development Office’s Parents & Science initiative and the Science Outreach program, headed by Jeanne Garbarino, the day-long event was open to children ages 6 to 18 and their parents, grandparents and teachers. The festivities included more than 20 learning stations, scattered throughout the CRC, which were conceptualized and staffed by nearly 70 Rockefeller lab heads, postdocs and students, as well as former Summer Science Research Program participants.

Tri-I drug discovery institute soon to announce first projects | Campus News

The Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute (Tri-I TDI), an initiative with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College begun last fall to help expedite early-stage drug discovery, will announce this month the first projects it has selected for funding. Six proposals will be funded from among 48 letters of interest submitted by researchers at the three institutions.

IT amps up bandwidth, eases genomic data transfers | Campus News

For labs on campus that sequence genomes — and share those large data sets with other institutions — a recent quadrupling in internet bandwidth means an end to the practice of slowing down uploads or scheduling them during overnight hours. In April the university upgraded its internet connection to two gigabits per second for both incoming and outgoing traffic. The new higher speed is approximately 130 times faster than a typical residential broadband connection.

“River Building” is approved by community board | Campus News

The university’s formal application for city zoning approval to build a 160,000 square foot laboratory building over the FDR Drive has been approved by Community Board 8, a key step in the city’s multi-agency review of the project. The “River Building” proposal grew out of the university’s recent master planning process and has been under development for over a year. Several city agencies with a stake in the project have already signed off on it, and the university’s application was formally certified on November 4 by the Department of City Planning, beginning a process that ultimately takes it before the city council. The January 8 vote of Community Board 8, which serves as an advisory body to other city agencies and represents a large swath of the Upper East Side, was 25 to 3, suggesting that the proposal has strong neighborhood support.

Welch Hall reopens as library and student center | Campus News

Room and board. Welch Hall’s newly restored Great Hall, on the first floor, ready for the March meeting of the Board of Trustees. After nearly five years of construction, the final piece of the north campus modernization process is now complete and opens to the campus this month. The Welch Hall refurbishment, which began in January 2011, has finished on time and on budget and will link the north and south parts of the Rockefeller campus together with a twenty-first century library outfitted with grand study spaces and state-of-the-art meeting rooms.

Frozen in time: Flexner’s historic lab re-opens with early inventions on display | Campus News

If these walls could talk. The historic lab on the first floor of Flexner features benches, fume hoods (above, right) and other lab equipment from the 1950s. Carrel-Lindbergh perfusion pumps (above, left), invented by a Rockefeller scientist and manufactured in the university’s former glassblowing shop, are among the instruments on display.You don’t always know you’re making history when it’s happening. But it’s a good idea to hang on to all the evidence, just in case. That’s exactly what Merrill W. Chase did when he began collecting instruments invented at Rockefeller throughout the twentieth century. And it’s what led the university to preserve a piece of Flexner Hall when the latest renovations started in 2010.

CRC auditorium is named for Russ Carson | Campus News

For the first time since 1958, there’s a new auditorium in town. The CRC auditorium, the last piece of the Collaborative Research Center to be finished, opened January 25, and has been named the Carson Family Auditorium in honor of Russ Carson, chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, and his family.

New security initiatives focus on “active shooter” threat | Campus News

New training for guards, additional shifts at 66th Street, community outreach initiatives and more restrictive access controls are among improvements being made to campus security with an eye toward preventing an “active shooter” incident like those that have caused mass casualties in Newtown, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado and at Virginia Tech in recent years.

No scientific losses from Hurricane Sandy | Campus News

Overflow. Two views of floodwater from Hurricane Sandy: the FDR Drive, near RRB (left) and 62nd Street, near Scholars Residence.When water from the East River first spilled over its banks and began washing onto the FDR Drive late in the evening of October 29, the several dozen or so administrators and essential personnel monitoring the storm knew it was not likely to stop at the curb. The lowest levels of several campus buildings were vulnerable — and some damage was going to be inevitable.

Rockefeller opens its doors to Open House NY | Campus News

Be our guest. Science Outreach Director Jeanne Garbarino gives a tour of the Rockefeller campus for Open House New York, an annual event that showcases notable architecture and culturally-significant spaces throughout the five boroughs.For those without access, the Rockefeller campus can seem shrouded in mystery. But on a rainy weekend this October, the university opened its doors and let the city in as part of Open House New York weekend. The annual event showcases hundreds of the city’s most architecturally and culturally significant spaces, many not usually open to the public.

University honors Norton Zinder with symposium and annual lecture | Campus News

Symposium panelists. Rockefeller’s Michael W. Young moderates a panel on Dr. Zinder’s scientific contributions. From left: Dr. Young, Robert E. Webster, from Duke University School of Medicine, June R. Scott, from Emory University School of Medicine, and Marjorie Russel and James E. Darnell Jr., from Rockefeller.Norton D. Zinder, the pioneering geneticist and molecular biologist who helped lay the foundation for the new field of molecular biology in the 1950s and ’60s, was honored with a memorial symposium in November. An annual endowed lecture is also being established in his name. Dr. Zinder, who died this past February after a long illness, was John D. Rockefeller Jr. Professor Emeritus at Rockefeller, where he spent his entire research career.

New science outreach director aims to show students it’s cool to be nerdy | Campus News

garbarinoThe first goal of the Science Outreach Program’s new director is to squash the stereotype that all scientists have Albert Einstein hair and socially awkward personalities. She won’t have to look hard for evidence: she herself is living proof. Jeanne Garbarino, who was named director of the university’s longstanding program to introduce high school students to real-world biological research, has been a postdoc in Jan L. Breslow’s Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism studying intracellular cholesterol transport since 2008. She has very neat hair and is quite personable.

New faces on campus

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The newest graduate students are here and ready to don their lab coats. There are 27 students — 18 are a part of the Rockefeller Ph.D. program, one student is in the Tri-Institutional Chemical Biology program and eight are M.D.-Ph.D. students.

Following in dad’s footsteps | Campus News

100512-pansini-webFrank Pansini has done stone setting work all over New York City, but restoring the marble path in front of Caspary has a special meaning for him — it’s the same path his father put in place 50 years ago. Mr. Pansini, owner of U.S. Stone Setting, Inc., was hired by Turner Construction to restore the marble after it was damaged by construction vehicles used in building the CRC.

The Rockefeller University Press’s ‘Google Earth’-like tool for cell biology | Campus News

100512-JCB-webIn science, seeing the big picture is key. The Rockefeller University Press has taken that literally. Using an online image publishing tool they originally developed in 2008, The Journal of Cell Biology (JCB) has released what it believes is the largest image ever published online — a 281-gigapixel photo of a 1.5 millimeter zebrafish embryo.

Nobel winnings to fund Cohn-Steinman professorship | Campus News

Diplomatic immunity. Zanvil Cohn (left) and Ralph Steinman in 1983.Ralph M. Steinman, head of the Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology, died just three days before winning the Nobel Prize last year. But his legacy at the university will live on: with a gift from the Steinman family and the support of over 120 donors including many of his colleagues and lab alumni, the university has established the Cohn-Steinman Professorship at Rockefeller.

Turnstile installed at 64th Street | Campus News

turnstileA new full-height turnstile at Rockefeller’s 64th Street pedestrian entrance, installed August 3, has allowed the university to restore 24/7 access to the south campus from York Avenue. As a result, the existing entrance gate, which had been locked on nights and weekends since last November, has been reopened.

 

New hospital initiatives aim to engage minorities in science | Campus News

Women and minorities continue to be underrepresented in the science and technology workforce, and new initiatives at Rockefeller University are working to change that. Led by Bernice B. Rumala, community engagement specialist in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), the new programs aim to engage minority groups at several career stages, from high school students to early career scientists.

Lavoisier painting returns to Rockefeller | Campus News

lavoisier_lgFor more than 50 years, a dramatic life-size painting of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, considered by many to be the father of modern chemistry, hung in Welch Hall. Painted in 1788 by Jacques-Louis David, it depicts Lavoisier seated at his workbench, lab notebook in hand, surrounded by scientific apparatuses and conversing with his wife and collaborator Marie-Anne Pierette Paulze. It’s a dramatic and inspirational work of art, but since 1977 viewing it has required a long walk to Fifth Avenue. The university sold it 34 years ago and it now hangs in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Originally a gift from John D. Rockefeller, who bought it (via a dealer) from Mr. Lavoisier’s family, the painting was one of several valuable works sold in the seventies. The proceeds from its sale — about $4 million — were used to endow two professorships and four graduate fellowships. Maclyn McCarty and Norton Zinder were the first recipients of the professorships.

New security measures to address recent computer thefts | Campus News

A series of recent criminal incidents on Rockefeller’s campus this fall, one of which resulted in a breach of sensitive data, has led the university’s administration to tighten security at the 64th Street gate, plug holes in its surveillance network and formalize an existing data ownership policy. The incidents, all three of which involved unauthorized individuals entering campus, resulted in the thefts of computers and cash; there were no injuries.

Interdisciplinary retreats bring Rockefeller labs together on research | Campus News

retreatsLast month, the heads of 11 Rockefeller laboratories and researchers working in them gathered at a conference center in Tarrytown, New York, for a weekend retreat focused on genome integrity. From mass spectroscopy to cell cycle and telomere maintenance studies, the scientists shared their expertise, hoping to gain insight from different perspectives that could inform work in their respective fields or launch new collaborations.

Karolinska collaboration program is revived | Campus News

The university has restarted a dormant program begun in the early 1980s to fund exchanges between Rockefeller University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Under the terms of new agreements signed with Karolinska in June, selected postdocs and technical staff from Rockefeller will be able to travel to Sweden for experimental work and training, and a lecture program will be established that will fund travel for Rockefeller and Karolinska faculty members to speak at each other’s institutions.

Marc Tessier-Lavigne named president | Campus News

tessierFollowing a five-month search in which nearly 80 candidates were considered, the university’s Board of Trustees voted on September 8 to name Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a leader in the study of brain development, president. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne, who is currently executive vice president for research and chief scientific officer at Genentech, will succeed Paul Nurse on March 1, 2011.

Welch Hall renovation to begin in January | Campus News

The renovation of Welch Hall, which has housed the university’s library since its construction in 1929 and once served as its main dining facility, will begin in January, president Paul Nurse announced last week. The plan to modernize Welch, which has been under development for several years but was suspended after the university’s finances unexpectedly worsened in 2008, was formally approved by the Board of Trustees’ Finance and Operations Committee on October 6.

Library expands digital offerings | Campus News

When publishers first began to offer digital content, electronic access was typically available for just slightly more than a print subscription. Today, according to university librarian Carol Feltes, subscribing to the electronic version is the standard. This spring, the Rita and Fritz Markus Library announces several new initiatives — including the availability of Kindle e-book readers — that Ms. Feltes hopes will provide the library’s users with better access to this ever-expanding digital universe.

Ted Scovell named new director of Science Outreach | Campus News

scovell2Textbooks and Wikipedia are fine for facts, but to really learn science, you need access to a lab. In his new position as director of Rockefeller University’s Science Outreach Program, Ted Scovell, a former high school teacher himself, hopes to give new generations of young scientists access to the facilities — and mentors — that can take them well beyond dissecting frogs and earthworms. A Harvard University biology graduate and Rockefeller Outreach alumnus himself, Mr. Scovell joined the university February 1. He succeeds Bonnie Kaiser, who retired from the university last year.

Physics-biology symposium kicks off 
joint Rockefeller/IAS initiative | Campus News

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 | Campus News

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 | Campus News

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 | Campus News

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.

Burglary in Bronk; fire in Flexner | Campus News

Burglary in Bronk; fire in Flexner

Alert employees help contain damage from two separate incidents in November

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Two incidents on campus last month demonstrated the importance of campus participation in notifying Security personnel to potential problems. A burglary in Detlev W. Bronk Laboratory on Tuesday, November 17 and a fire in Flexner Hall on Monday, November 30 were both halted in progress after individuals in the proximity alerted Security. More

Boil, boil, toil and trouble | Campus News

New boiler to increase efficiency of university’s heating and cooling

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

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Boiler number four. The new Cleaver-Brooks boiler in its new home.

Below the buildings of the south campus, three levels underground and reached by a labyrinth of stairways, are the millions of pipes, pistons and valves that keep the university engine running. Among the normal sound and fury of machinery that supplies 24-hour heat and cooling for the hundreds of radiators, hot water taps and autoclaves on campus, this fall brought a tumult of new activity — in the form of a new boiler. More

Labs take shape in Collaborative Research Center | Campus News

CRCFor more photos and video of the construction progress, visit crc.rockefeller.edu.

A little over two years after the jackhammers and bobcats first went to work on Smith Hall, the end is in sight, and the work on the Collaborative Research Center has progressed both on time and on budget. By late October, work crews from Turner Construction and its subcontractors were installing the last of the lab benches in the renovated floors of Smith Hall (right) and were beginning finishing work in the atrium and meeting rooms of the bridging building. The building’s mechanical systems, now fully installed, will undergo a battery of tests during the winter months to ensure they work at peak capacity and efficiency. Smith and the bridging building are expected to be open by next summer. More

New measures tighten ship on security protocols | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

At the gates, behind the cameras and at every electronic lock, campus security is watching. And since last winter, they’ve been watching a little more closely. In an effort to patch gaps in the university’s security protocols, Director of Security James Rogers, in conjunction with Plant Operations and Laboratory Safety and Environmental Health, has in the past few months implemented several new initiatives designed to better protect the community and increase emergency preparedness. “We don’t want to change the mind-set or the free-and-easy access to the campus, but we do want to keep everyone safe,” says Mr. Rogers. “So our goal with these initiatives has been to make them as unnoticeable as possible.” Visit the newly revamped Security Web site for more information: www.rockefeller.edu/security. More

New library Web site launches | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

The university’s library has a rich history — it has been the campus repository for scientific journals and textbooks since it opened in 1906. But while once it was mostly accessed via a reading room on the first floor of Founder’s Hall, today the gateway to that repository is primarily an electronic one. As part of a refurbishment and modernization plan outlined in 2006, the Rita and Frits Markus Library and Scientific Information Commons last month launched its revamped Web site, complete with a more streamlined user interface and new, more comprehensive archival and research tools. Working with teams in Information Technology and the Office of General Counsel, the library staff is positioning the new site to address challenges that are particular to research communities in the age of new media. More

Caremark to save Rockefeller $150,000 per year | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

A decision to replace the company that manages prescription drug benefits for personnel enrolled in The Rockefeller University Group Health Care Expense plan, implemented in March, is expected to result in cost savings of at least $150,000 per year, according to Virginia Huffman, vice president for human resources. More

Harvard biochemist named visiting scholar | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Jack StromingerJack Strominger, a Harvard University biochemist and winner of the Lasker Award for discoveries involving key immune system structures, has joined The Rockefeller University as a visiting scholar for the month of April. On sabbatical from his post in the faculty of arts and sciences at Harvard College (as well as at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), Dr. Strominger is based in the laboratory of Sherman Fairchild Professor Michel C. Nussenzweig, whose research on dendritic cell function parallels Dr. Strominger’s work. More

Genetic epidemiologist named visiting professor | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

Laurent AbelLaurent Abel, a geneticist interested in infectious diseases, has been appointed a visiting professor and member of Jean-Laurent Casanova’s Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Disease. Though he will continue to be based in France — his existing laboratory is at the Necker School of Medicine and University Paris Descartes — he will spend several weeks each year at Rockefeller University. More

Winners announced in walking challenge | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

There’s no charity fundraising, no 26-mile course or nationally televised fanfare, but here on the Upper East Side, Rockefeller University has begun its own rendition of a New York City marathon. From October 13 to November 2, Human Resources hosted the first semiannual Rockefeller Walks competition, an initiative of HR’s Wellness program designed to promote a greater consciousness of healthy physical activity through the stimulus of a little healthy competition. More

New campus intranet centralizes electronic resources | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

inside thumbnailSince its introduction in 1994 the university’s Web site has tried to be all things to all people. Internal users trying to access library resources, get information on benefits or download petty cash forms have been forced to wade through links designed for prospective students, journalists and collaborating scientists. This fall, however, the launch of a redesigned intranet — called Inside Rockefeller and available at inside.rockefeller.edu — has laid the groundwork for a separation of these two audiences that will, ideally, make life easier for both.

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For 50 New York City teens, a summer of science | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Barry COllerGenerally, by the time Rockefeller University gets its hands on burgeoning scientists, they’ve already picked up the basics: cells, genes, maybe a couple of grueling months of organic chemistry. That’s not nearly early enough, say several university faculty members, as well as postdocs and students, who have been trying to make more of an impact on young, fertile minds. These scientists have, over the past several months, contributed their knowledge and enthusiasm to a variety of outreach efforts to middle and high school students and teachers.

Three such efforts, including two established programs and one that is brand new, have matched Rockefeller’s best and brightest with metro New York City students from a wide variety of backgrounds. More

Archive center goes its own way | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

After 34 years as part of the university, The Rockefeller Archive Center, which catalogs and stores the university’s administrative and scientific records and also handles archival material from several other organizations and from the Rockefeller family, has become an independent organization.

Effective July 1, the university has transferred assets that have supported the center’s operations, including a $115 million endowment, art valued at $2.8 million and property in Sleepy Hollow, New York, appraised at $17 million, to a new nonprofit organization. The center’s 26 employees are also now on the archive center’s payroll. More

Campus power failure likely caused by crane activity | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

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Dead lines. In Founder’s Hall, cables feeding current from the damaged conduit are cut to effect temporary repairs.

An electrical failure that caused power outages in seven labs and dozens of offices in parts of Flexner Hall, Nurses Residence and The Rockefeller University Hospital on March 29 was likely prompted by the weight of a construction crane on 50-year-old conduit that had recently been excavated. The university’s electricians believe the conduit, which contains lines carrying high-voltage current from an electrical vault near the university’s 66th Street gate to the basement of Founder’s Hall, cracked when the crane’s weight caused new topsoil surrounding it to compress.

“Although the exact sequence of events that followed is unknown, it is likely that a combination of shearing force and moisture damaged the lines over a period of two weeks, eventually causing a short that tripped two 4,000-amp circuit breakers, knocking out power,” says Alex Kogan, associate vice president for plant operations. The damaged lines fed the first and second floors of Flexner Hall, all of Nurses Residence and the first, second and third floors and the A and B levels of the hospital. More

Neuroscientist Gerald Fischbach named visiting professor | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

Fischbach_colorA neuroscientist who spent his scientific career studying how connections between brain cells form — and who currently helps form connections between researchers studying autism — has been appointed a visiting professor at Rockefeller University. Gerald Fischbach, the second visiting professor to be named since the formal visitors program began last fall, will divide his time between the university’s campus and his office at The Simons Foundation, where he has served as scientific director of the foundation’s Autism Research Initiative since early 2006. More

A storeroom, transformed | Campus News

Child and Family Center’s newly opened art studio offers kids a place to be creative

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Maggie_CFCArt is a messy business, but the kids at the Child and Family Center have a new handle on it. The CFC’s art studio, created last fall in what used to be a storage room, gives kids in the university’s child care facility a dedicated place to express their creativity — without staining the carpet.

Funded by $25,000 in private donations from the university’s Women & Science program, renovations to the space were done entirely by Plant Operations personnel; the room’s furniture was paid for by the Parents’ Association. “What I really like about this is how excited everyone is about having this dedicated space,” says CFC Director Marjorie Goldsmith. “It’s hard enough for elementary and even secondary schools in this country to hold onto their art programs, but it’s actually rare for an early-childhood program to have one, and we do.” More

Concepts emerge for planned Welch Hall renovation | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

In the university’s early years, it was a grand space where scientists gathered for meals, study and discussion. More recently it has served as storage for archived journal volumes and office space for the library’s staff. But if new plans — under development since last year — proceed, Welch Hall’s restored library may again be known as one of the university’s central gathering spots. More

Calling all personnel | Campus News

Rockefeller University expands its electronic alert notification system to include all members of the campus community

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Send Word Now, an emergency alert system first implemented in 2005 to quickly communicate with “first responders” on campus during a disaster, has been expanded to cover all Rockefeller University e-mail addresses, phone extensions and university-issued cell phones. Starting this winter, Telecommunications will allow members of the university community to enroll their home and personal mobile device numbers as well. More

Pharma exec, editor to be university’s first visiting scholars | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

For a few weeks this fall, talk on campus will step beyond basic science. Former pharmaceutical executive Peter Goodfellow and Nature editor in chief Philip Campbell will join The Rockefeller University this month as its first visiting scholars. The Visiting Scholars Program is part of the effort set in place by the university’s strategic plan to actively promote cross-disciplinary collaborative exchange (see “From Paul Nurse”); Drs. Goodfellow and Campbell will each visit for two weeks, and in spring 2008 Dr. Campbell will return for a month’s visit. They will have office space on the fourth floor of Nurses Residence. More

Princeton physicist joins Rockefeller as part-time visiting professor | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

William BialekThere’s more than one way to visit. While Peter Goodfellow and Philip Campbell will each spend a few weeks here as visiting scholars, William Bialek has committed to a longer-term stay as a part-time visiting professor. A theoretical physicist and professor at Princeton University, Professor Bialek joined Rockefeller University this month and will spend approximately one-quarter of his time on campus, initially for a two-year period. The appointment, created to encourage further cross-disciplinary collaborative efforts across the physics-biology line, was discussed among faculty and administration over the summer months and made official in August.
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Hospital to grant master’s degrees | Campus News

The Center for Clinical and Translational Science begins degree program in clinical and translational research

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

In 2010, The Rockefeller University will include more than Ph.D.s among its alumni. As part of the plan established when Rockefeller received its first Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Institutes of Health, The Rockefeller University Hospital’s Clinical Scholars Program now serves as a vehicle for a three-year degree-track program in clinical and translational research. The endpoint: Rockefeller’s first master’s degrees. More

Message in a bottleneck | Campus News

Software bugs revealed during upgrades this summer caused unusual interruptions in e-mail service

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

The two Sun Microsystem servers that process and deliver the university’s e-mail look and perform a lot like any other desktop computer: a plastic box, a few fans, a processor, some memory. But they have an enormous workload: Together they handle over 400,000 new e-mail messages every day and store about 500 gigabytes of e-mail. The numbers are average for an operation this size, but they are 25 times higher than the figures from just six years ago. More

New renderings show details of CRC interior | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

CRC 4th Floor ViewAs the start of construction on the Collaborative Research Center that will bridge Smith and Flexner Halls draws near, new drawings prepared by the project’s architects, Mitchell/Giurgola, reveal details of the building’s interiors — bright, open public areas that emphasize light woods, glass and sweeping curves. The drawings, along with samples of some of the materials that will be used for finishes, were presented to the university’s Board at its June 6 trustee meeting. More

A safe, comfortable home for servers | Campus News

New Weiss data center is part of a strategy to secure Rockefeller’s information infrastructure

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

ServersThe university’s servers, a cluster of about 120 computers that operate Rockefeller’s Web sites, e-mail, file storage, financial and scientific databases and other services, have for years resided on racks located on the D level of Smith Hall Annex, a space not originally designed to house the advanced data infrastructure that Rockefeller now requires.
“The Smith Annex data center does not have adequate power supply or climate control systems by today’s standards. And since it directly borders the FDR Drive, there is always the slight possibility of damage in the event of an auto accident or a flood of the East River,” says Gerald Latter, associate vice president for information technology and chief information officer. More

Valets to solve parking crunch during campus construction | Campus News

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Commuters who use university parking will soon hand over their keys — to a valet. To make way for construction crews working on the north campus renovations and the Collaborative Research Center, the parking lots at the 66th Street gate, the Smith Hall Annex receiving area and along the outside of the 68th Street fence will be vacated by July 4. More

CRC to be a LEED-certified ‘green’ building | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

The Collaborative Research Center, which will incorporate numerous environmentally friendly features in both its design and construction, will — if all goes as planned — be certified as a high-performance “green” building by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. More

Awareness projects to launch on York Avenue, FDR | Campus News

by ZACH VEILLEUX

In a city where high-wattage billboards scream out from Times Square and even local delis tend to plaster their façades with signs, Rockefeller University maintains a surprisingly low profile. Nestled behind an iron gate and thick foliage on the west and cut off from the busy Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive by an imposing stone wall on the east, much of the neighborhood traffic — both pedestrian and vehicular — travels by without knowing we’re here. More