Category Archives: Honors

Pearl Meister Greengard Prize honors Australian geneticist | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Paul Greengard, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Suzanne Cory, Wafaa El-Sadr and Paul NurseWomen’s work. From left, Paul Greengard, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Suzanne Cory, Wafaa El-Sadr and Paul Nurse.

This year’s Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recognizes Suzanne Cory, an Australian geneticist whose work has included significant revelations about the workings of the immune system and the pathogenesis of cancer. President Paul Nurse presented Dr. Cory with the prize, the sixth annual award, at a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on November 5. More

Environmental health and safety program wins award | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

The Office of Laboratory Safety and Environmental Health members
On the safe side. The Office of Laboratory Safety and Environmental Health, from left to right: James Gugluzza, Amy Wilkerson, Anthony Santoro, Rebecca Lonergan, Frank Schaefer, Anthony Harper, Gaitree McNab, Beth Fitzgerald and Elsie Calo.

Probing the depths of human disease often means being up close and personal with hazardous materials. Even so, Rockefeller University has been named one of the safest campuses in the country. In New Orleans this July, Amy Wilkerson, associate vice president for research support, accepted on behalf of The Rockefeller University an Award of Honor from the Campus Safety, Health and Environmental Management Association (CSHEMA). One of only two such awards conferred this year, the honor recognizes the university’s comprehensive safety program.

Established in 1954, CSHEMA is the leading professional environmental health and safety organization for the college and university sector. As part of its mission to encourage creative problem solving and address emerging health and safety challenges among member institutions, CSHEMA instituted its awards program in 1972. Applicant institutions are evaluated on a point system; the Award of Honor, which requires a score of 90 percent or higher, is CSHEMA’s highest. Rockefeller University, a member since the early 1980s, applied for the first time this year. More

Alumnus Robert Sapolsky honored with 2008 Lewis Thomas Prize | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Robert SapolskyIt is a rare child who dreams of growing up to be a mountain gorilla. When, for young Robert Morris Sapolsky, such lofty aspirations proved less than feasible, he decided on the next most exciting life — becoming a scientist. Upon graduating with a Ph.D. from The Rockefeller University in 1984, Dr. Sapolsky began what would become a lifelong, passionate pursuit studying the baboons of the East African Serengeti Plain. The fruit of that labor, a book aptly titled A Primate’s Memoir: A Neuroscientist’s Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, has won numerous awards. At a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on June 2, Rockefeller added to the acclaim with the 2008 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science. More

Telomerase researchers honored with Pearl Meister Greengard Prize | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

2008 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recipients Vicki Lundblad, Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn
Defenders of DNA. From left to right, the 2008 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize recipients Vicki Lundblad, Carol W. Greider and Elizabeth H. Blackburn.

The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, Rockefeller University’s annual award for outstanding women in science, was presented this year to three scientists who together established the field of telomerase research. Elizabeth H. Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco, Carol W. Greider of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Vicki Lundblad of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have elucidated how telomeres, which protect the integrity of chromosomes, are themselves protected by the enzyme telomerase. The women’s pathbreaking achievements were honored at a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on March 26. More

A celebration of service | Awards, Honors

In 2008, 10 people retired and two celebrated anniversaries of service to The Rockefeller University. At a dinner in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Dining Hall on April 16, those 12 people were honored for their contribution to the university community. More

A millennium of service | Awards, Honors

A dinner in Weiss honors 2007 retirements and anniversaries.

2007 was a milestone year for many at Rockefeller University. Twenty employees celebrated anniversaries and 16 people retired. The honorees of this year’s banquet, held in the Weiss Café on April 17, represent nearly 1,200 years of service to The Rockefeller University. More

Pearl Meister Greengard Prize honors pioneers of embryonic stem cell research | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

PMG Prize WinnersThree pioneers of embryonic stem cell research — an embryologist, a molecular geneticist and a developmental biologist — are the recipients of the 2007 Pearl Meister Greengard Prize, the university’s award for notable women in science. The award, presented in a ceremony in Caspary Auditorium on March 25, recognized Gail Martin of the University of California, San Francisco, Beatrice Mintz of Fox Chase Cancer Center and Elizabeth Robertson, from the University of Oxford. More

Following in family’s footsteps, Alicia Darnell wins national science prize | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

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Family tradition. Alicia Darnell having tea with her family (from left, Jennifer, Bob and Jim) in Paul Nurse’s office in December.

For Alicia Darnell, science fairs are serious business. After two summers spent in research laboratories, the high school senior took home more than just extra credit — Ms. Darnell is this year’s second-place winner in the national Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology. The daughter of Associate Research Professor Jennifer Darnell and Professor Robert Darnell and the granddaughter of Professor Emeritus James Darnell Jr., Ms. Darnell — herself a former Science Outreach student — represents the third generation of Rockefeller University scientists in her family. Her project, titled “Alternative Splicing Defects Linked to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS),” garnered her a $50,000 scholarship. The award was announced December 3 at New York University. More

A salute to dedication | Awards, Honors

Banquet honors those who retired or reached major milestones in 2006

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The 10 individuals honored at the anniversary and retirement dinner on May 2 have collectively dedicated more than 300 years of service to The Rockefeller University. Add the people honored at the employee recognition reception on May 16, and it’s nearly a millennium. More

Lewis Thomas Prize awarded to Richard Dawkins | Awards, Honors

by TALLEY HENNING BROWN

Richard Dawkins and Paul NurseThe committee that nominates and selects recipients of the Lewis Thomas Prize does not have an easy job; few people eloquently straddle the fields of science and literature. But there was little debate over Richard Dawkins, British ethologist and popular science writer, who was presented with the 2006 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science April 24. More