Making complicated scientific concepts relevant and accessible to a broad audience is a difficult skill to master. Evolutionary biologist, educator, and author Sean B. Carroll was recently celebrated for his ability to inspire and educate others with Rockefeller’s 2016 Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science.
PBS Newshour paid a visit to Leslie Vosshall’s laboratory to learn how mutant mosquitoes may help in the fight against Zika. Ali Brivanlou and Jesse Ausubel were also highlighted in the press.
Last month, many Rockefeller employees received emails embedded with malicious code in what turned out to be an unusually dangerous “ransomware” attack. Here’s what we should all be doing to keep our devices and our data safe from harm.
The university’s Board of Trustees elected three new members at their February 17 meeting: William A. Ackman, chief executive officer of Pershing Square Capital Management; Scott K.H. Bessent, chief executive officer of Key Square Group; and Evan G. Greenberg, chairman of Chubb Limited.
Dr. Marraffini is exploring an immune response used by bacteria to defend against viruses. His work is mainly focused on understanding the basic biology and evolution of microorganisms, but it also has implications for the development of gene-editing technologies.
Rockefeller’s Board of Trustees has initiated the process of identifying and recruiting the university’s next president. A committee of trustees and faculty members, who held their first meeting last week, will lead the search.
Timothy O’Connor’s promotion is expected to further integrate the university’s executive administrative functions, and facilitate the transition to the next president.
Last month, over 400 researchers from institutions within New York City and surrounding areas converged on Rockefeller’s campus to discuss the latest in human genetics. Spearheaded by professor Jean-Laurant Casanova, the goal of these biannual meetings is to strengthen the interactions between local scientists in the field.
Archival records give historians valuable knowledge about how scientific breakthroughs were made—including details that aren’t found in published manuscripts. The university’s archive center encourages both scientists and administrators to transfer materials for preservation, from lab notebooks to holiday party photos, awards, and correspondence.
At the annual winter lecture, speaker Thomas Sakmar introduced students to the science of drug development, from the use of medicinal plants to the future of precision medicine.