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70 employees honored for longtime service

Two ceremonies have been held this year to commemorate years of service to the university by Rockefeller employees. In June, employees who retired in 2014 and those celebrating special anniversaries of 30 or more years were feted at an anniversary and retirement dinner in the Great Hall of Welch....

Milestones

Awarded: C. David Allis, the Jonathan Kraft Prize for Excellence in Cancer Research, presented by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. The newly established award celebrates achievements in cancer research and includes a monetary prize of $20,000, endowed by Robert Kraft, owner of th...

Fred Bohen, longtime Rockefeller administrator, dies

by AMELIA KAHANEY Frederick M. Bohen, who was executive vice president and chief operating officer at Rockefeller for many of the years between 1990 and 2005, died March 14 at his home in Manhattan at the age of 77. During his tenure at Rockefeller, Mr. Bohen served with five university president...

Obesity researcher and former hospital physician-in-chief Jules Hirsch dies

Jules Hirsch, an early leader in the study of human metabolism, died at age 88 in Englewood, New Jersey, after a long illness. His research, conducted at The Rockefeller University, helped establish the biological underpinnings of obesity, challenging the notion that the disease results from a la...

Agata Smogorzewska, who studies DNA repair, promoted to associate professor

Agata Smogorzewska, a physician-scientist and head of the Laboratory of Genome Maintenance, has been promoted to associate professor, effective July 1. Smogorzewska came to Rockefeller as a faculty member in 2009 to study DNA repair processes that occur during cellular replication. “The genome ...

Convocation 2015

When The Rockefeller University held its first Convocation in 1959, there were only five graduates. Fifty-six years later, as of Convocation on June 11, 2015, there are now 1,178 recipients of the Rockefeller University doctor of philosophy degree. The festivities began with a graduate luncheon i...

Honorary degrees awarded to three Pearl Meister Greengard laureates

by AMELIA KAHANEY In addition to 28 students, three trailblazing women in science received degrees from Rockefeller this year. In a tradition dating back more than 50 years, the university awarded honorary doctorate of science degrees to distinguished individuals who have made notable contributio...

David Rockefeller Fellowship awarded to third-year Robert Heler, a bacteriologist

by AMELIA KAHANEY Robert Heler, a graduate fellow in Luciano Marraffini’s Laboratory of Bacteriology,has been awarded the 2015 David Rockefeller Fellowship, given each year to an outstanding third-year student for demonstrating exceptional promise in science and leadership. The fellowship was est...

David Rockefeller Award for Extraordinary Service honors founding chairs of university’s Women & Science initiative

by AMELIA KAHANEY Among the accolades for scholar-scientists, this year’s Convocation also honored four women with a different but no less significant role in the advancement of research— Lydia A. Forbes, Isabel P. Furlaud, Nancy M.Kissinger, and Sydney Roberts Shuman, the founding chairs of Ro...

Gaby Maimon and Vanessa Ruta honored with teaching awards

For Rockefeller graduate students there is labwork, and there is coursework. This year, the university recognizes two teachers who have devoted substantial time, energy, and creativity to designing and leading one of the most challenging and innovative courses within the university’s graduate cur...

Lindsay Bellani

Lindsay Bellani Presented by Leslie B. Vosshall B.S., The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More than Others: Metabolic Correlates of Human Attraction in Aedes aegypti         Why do mosquitoes bite some people more than others? This question has puzzle...

Jabez Bok

Jabez Bok Presented by Sidney Strickland on behalf of Robert G. Roeder B.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison Mechanism of Action of ING4 as a Transcriptional Coactivator of p53         Jabez Bok hails from Singapore, and after earning his undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin, ...

Christine E. Cho

Christine E. Cho Presented by Leslie B. Vosshall on behalf of Cori Bargmann Sc.B., Brown University Mechanisms of Olfactory Plasticity in Caenorhabditis elegans         Although many religions warn us against fortune tellers, it’s the brain’s job to predict the future. What does a new sti...

Eliot Dow

Eliot Dow Presented by A. James Hudspeth B.S., Ohio State University Synapse Formation in the Zebrafish Lateral Line         Although our brains do not always function well, it is actually implausible that they should function at all. A human brain contains something like a hundred billion ne...

Akinori F. Ebihara

Akinori F. Ebihara Presented by Winrich Freiwald on behalf of himself and Marcelo O. Magnasco B.S., The University of Tokyo Normalization Among Heterogeneous Population Confers Stimulus Discriminability on the Macaque Face Patch Neurons         As I introduce Akinori Ebihara to you, I find ...

Clark Fisher

Clark Fisher Presented by Winrich Freiwald A.B., Princeton University Effect of Temporal and Spatial Context within the Macaque Face-Processing System         Social life relies on faces. A day like today—when lots of people come together all wearing pretty much the same outfit—would be u...

Ariel Halper-Stromberg

Ariel Halper-Stromberg Presented by Michel C. Nussenzweig B.S., University of Maryland, College Park Therapeutic Uses of Broadly Neutralizing Anti-HIV-1 Antibodies in Humanized Mice         Ari Halper-Stromberg grew up in Maryland and went to college at the University of Maryland, College Par...

Jeffrey G. Johnson

Jeffrey G. Johnson Presented by Sidney Strickland on behalf of Tom Muir B.A., Knox College Studies on the Maturation of Secreted Quorum Sensing Peptides That Regulate S. aureus Virulence         Jeffrey Johnson received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Knox College in Illinois befo...

Shaheen Kabir

Shaheen Kabir Presented by Titia de Lange B.S., Haverford College Investigating Mechanisms of Telomere End-protection         Despite being young, Shaheen Kabir’s life has already involved five continents. Born to Pakistani parents, Shaheen grew up in beautiful Tanzania. She went to Austral...

Anna Katherine Kruyer

Anna Katherine Kruyer Presented by Erin Norris on behalf of herself and Sidney Strickland B.A., Fordham College at Lincoln Center The Effect of Chronic Hypertension on Neuropathology in the TgSwDI Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease         When Anna Kruyer moved to New York City from a smal...

Johannes Larsch

Johannes Larsch Presented by Leslie B. Vosshall on behalf of Cori Bargmann M.Sc., University of Konstanz A Mechanism for Spatial Orientation Based on Sensory Adaptation in Caenorhabditis elegans         In his work on the unity of opposites, hodos ano kato, the pre-Socratic philosopher Herac...

Hyeseung Lee

Hyeseung Lee Presented by Sohail Tavazoie B.S., Ewha Womans University Identification of Tmem2 as a Sox4 Transcriptional Target Involved in Breast Cancer Metastasis         Hyeseung studied chemistry and life sciences in South Korea. In my lab, she studied how a gene called SOX4 endows cance...

Joseph M. Luna

Joseph M. Luna Presented by Robert B. Darnell on behalf of himself and Charles M. Rice B.S., Yale University A Genomic Portrait of Hepatitis C Virus and MicroRNA-122         “The crowded hall was brimming with excitement as a room full of scientists took their seats.” These prescient word...

Jennifer Zuckerman Malin

Jennifer Zuckerman Malin Presented by Shai Shaham B.A., University of Pennsylvania Components of the Ubiquitin Proteasome System are Required for the Nonapoptotic Death of the Caenorhabditis elegans Linker Cell         It is a distinct pleasure for me to be here today to participate in Jenni...

Alexander R. Nectow

Alexander R. Nectow Presented by Jeffrey M. Friedman B.S.E.S., M.S., Tufts University Functional Dissection of Brainstem Circuitry         Some of you may be familiar with the phrase “all heat and no light.” This describes a person who generates lots of energy but who illuminates very lit...

Zeeshan Ozair

Zeeshan Ozair Presented by Ali H. Brivanlou B.S., M.B., The Aga Khan University Medical College A Reductionist Approach to Modeling Human Corticogenesis         Where does the mind come from? What is the origin of our brain? Zeeshan Ozair came to me in 2009 via Abu-Dhabi and Pakistan, with a ...

Pablo Polosecki

Pablo Polosecki Presented by Winrich Freiwald Licenciado, University of Buenos Aires Specialized Signals for Spatial Attention in the Ventral and Dorsal Visual Streams         Pablo Polosecki once founded a club on campus with the purpose of discussing the foundations of science and philosoph...

Kavita Rangan

Kavita Rangan Presented by Howard C. Hang B.S., University of California, Berkeley Characterization of Bacterial Metabolites Involved in Host Pathogen Resistance         It has been a pleasure to have Kavita Rangan do her graduate thesis studies in my laboratory. Kavita is a remarkable indivi...

Jason Barzel Ross

Jason Barzel Ross Presented by Sohail Tavazoie B.S., Stanford University Molecular Determinants of Tumor Re-initiation in Breast Cancer         Jason received his undergraduate training in biology at Stanford University, where he was actively involved in stem cell research. Upon joining my la...

Joshua Salvi

Joshua Salvi Presented by A. James Hudspeth B.S., The Pennsylvania State University Mechanical Control of Sensory Hair-bundle Function         Human hearing is truly remarkable: we can detect frequencies a thousandfold as great as those measured by our other senses; we can capture sounds down...