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September 17, 2013
The New Yorker Magazine
A Map for the Future of Neuroscience

On Monday, the National Institutes of Health released a fifty-eight-page report on the future of neuroscience—the first substantive step in developing President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, which seeks to “revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and uncover new ways to treat, prevent, and cure brain disorders like Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, autism, epilepsy, and traumatic brain injury.” More »

September 16, 2013
The New York Times
Initial Focus of Research in Brain Project Is Chosen

An advisory group said to focus on systems and circuits involving thousands to millions of brain cells, not the entire brain or individual cells and molecules.  Rockefeller's Cori Bargmann is mentioned.More »

Rockefeller president joins U.S. university leaders in Israel to explore collaborative opportunities

Marc Tessier-LavigneRockefeller’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, will join several U.S. university leaders in Israel this week to explore opportunities for collaborations with Israeli institutions in areas such as brain science, environmental sustainability, biotechnology, diversity and women’s leadership. The visit has been arranged by Project Interchange, a non-profit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, which is an advocacy group based in New York. More »


17 students receive Ph.D.s at Rockefeller’s 55th Convocation

2013 Graduation CelebrationIn addition to the graduating students, honorary degrees were awarded to two Nobel winning scientists and members of the Rockefeller faculty, Günter Blobel and Paul Greengard, as well as James H. Simons, a mathematician, investor and philanthropist, and his wife Marilyn Simons, president of the Simons Foundation. More »

 

Paul Nurse receives Albert Einstein World Award of Science

Paul NursePresident emeritus and head of the Laboratory of Yeast Genetics and Cell Biology at Rockefeller, Nurse is being honored by the World Cultural Council for his long-term work as scientific leader committed to excellence in learning, research, health and education. More »


Mike Young to receive Shaw Prize

Michael YoungYoung and two colleagues will be awarded the 2013 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, worth $1 million. Established in 2002, the Shaw Prize honors individuals who have achieved breakthroughs in academic and scientific research or applications and whose work has resulted in a positive and profound impact on humanity. More »

 

Rockefeller hosts British Prime Minister David Cameron

British PM David Cameron, Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Paul Greengard Cameron’s May 15 visit to the university, part an effort by the British government to acknowledge the value and investment that U.S. biomedical research has in the UK, also included a tour of President Marc Tessier-Lavigne’s neuroscience laboratory and a meeting with Nobel Prize winning neurobiologist Paul Greengard. More »

Lewis Thomas Prize to be awarded to Kay Redfield Jamison

Jamison, a professor of psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has made extensive contributions to the field of psychology and is considered one of the country’s foremost authorities on manic-depressive bipolar illness. She is being honored for her 1993 book Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament , which examines the relationship between artistic creativity and mood disorders.
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Nobel laureate Christian de Duve dies at 95

Christian de Duve Christian de Duve was a Nobel Prize winning cell biologist whose research centered on the separation and characterization of the organelles of living cells. de Duve and his colleagues also made significant contributions to the development of techniques and instrumentation for the study of cell biology. More »

Scientists discover new way protein degradation is regulated

Researchers at The Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have identified the mechanism by which the cell’s protein recycler, the proteasome, ramps up its activity to take care of unwanted and potentially toxic proteins. The finding, which has implications for treating muscle wasting and neurodegeneration, also suggests that small molecule inhibitors of this mechanism may be clinically useful in treating multiple myeloma. More »

April 2, 2013
The New York Times
Obama to Unveil Initiative to Map the Human Brain

President Obama on Tuesday will announce a research initiative, starting with $100 million in 2014, to invent and refine new technologies to understand the human brain. Rockefeller's Cori Bargmann will help lead a study of the brain in action.

Howard Hang promoted to associate professor

Howard HangHang, a chemist who works to develop new tools for the study of host-pathogen interactions, has discovered that many proteins involved in host immunity to viruses and bacteria are regulated by fatty acid modifications.

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March 6, 2013
Forbes Magazine
Legendary drug industry executives warn U.S. science cuts endanger the future

“In short, even prior to the 5 percent budget cut brought about last week by sequestration, our basic research enterprise has been in crisis. This erosion in our basic science investment has occurred at the very time that the biomedical revolution has opened huge opportunities to advance our knowledge of disease.”

February 21, 2013
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How Stress Gets Under the Skin: Q&A With Neuroscientist Bruce McEwen

In a Q&A for Time Magazine, RU’s Bruce McEwen counters the notion that all stress is bad, and says some individuals are genetically inclined to thrive in a stressful environment.

March 7, 2013
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Women in science: Women’s work

A recent issue of Nature magazine features a special section dedicated to women in science and the barriers they face at research institutions in the United States and abroad. The issue contains commentary, analysis and interactive features that address the persistent gender gap in science today.

Cori Bargmann, Titia de Lange win inaugural Breakthrough Prizes worth $3 million

Cori Bargmann and Titia de LangeTwo Rockefeller University scientists are among 11 winners of the first annual Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, an award established by six tech entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing breakthrough research. At $3 million each, the prizes are worth more than twice the amount of the Nobel. They were created to recognize excellence in research aimed at curing intractable diseases and extended human life.

Administered by a new non-profit organization, the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences Foundation, the prize is founded by Art Levinson, chairman of the board of Apple and former CEO of Genentech; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google Inc.; Anne Wojcicki, co-founder of 23andMe; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, and his wife Pricilla Chan; and Yuri Milner, founder of the Russian internet company Mail.ru. More »

Changes in population growth, consumption and farming begin to return former farmlands to nature

Researchers led by Rockefeller’s Jesse Ausubel analyzed factors such as global land use and population growth over the last 50 years. Looking at the production index of all crops of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, they found that from 1961 to 2009 land farmed grew by only 12 percent while the index rose about 300 percent.

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New neuroscience textbook will be a free reference for students in developing countries

The textbook, conceived and edited by Rockefeller University professor Donald W. Pfaff, is a 3,200 page, five-volume overview of both basic science and clinical issues in modern neuroscience, aimed at premedical, medical and graduate students.
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Charles M. Rice awarded Dautrebande Prize

Rice, head of the Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease at Rockefeller, has been awarded the 100,000 euro prize for his description of the molecular and cellular basis of hepatitis C infection in humans.
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Robert Darnell named president of New York Genome Center

Darnell will direct all aspects of the NYGC, including its scientific and research activities, and the recruitment and development of a world-class scientific team in genomic research and medicine. Founded in 2010, the NYGC will be one of the largest genomics research facilities in North America, integrating sequencing, bioinformatics and data management. More »

 

 

 

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