Author Archives: Pooja Viswanathan

October Cover

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Culture Corner

An Interview with Artist Ann Chernow of Westport, Connecticut Bernie Langs The artist Ann Chernow was born in 1936 and grew up in New York City. She has worked extensively in the mediums of lithography, silkscreen, etching, and colored pencil … Continue reading

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Three Degrees of Separation: Hideyo Noguchi and Me

George Cross Who among you could guess what experience my grandfather, great uncle, and the revered Rockefeller scientist Hideyo Noguchi (whose bust decorates our library) have in common, and how might they have met? Friends and colleagues who are nice … Continue reading

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Pets of Tri-I

Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Edith and Lio, the cats who live with our very own Audrey Goldfarb (Graduate Student, The Rockefeller University). I have been enjoying seeing pictures of these two since I found their social media … Continue reading

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New York Rhymes

MOLES Konstantina Theofanopoulou Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) One line art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)

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Natural Expressions

Digital This month, Bernie Langs of The Rockefeller University Development Office and Angelica Arroyo from Great Performances teamed up with El Indio to compose and record an original song, “Starry Eyes.” Arroyo and El Indio wrote the lyrics while Langs … Continue reading

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On Running and Resilience

Anna Amelianchik The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many changes to the lives of New Yorkers, including limited opportunities for exercise. While gyms, fitness studios, and yoga centers were shuttered, many New Yorkers turned to outdoor running in an attempt to … Continue reading

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September Cover

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Surviving a Pandemic, Six Months Out

Audrey Goldfarb “How are you?” is more of a formality than a genuine question. Any response other than a variation of “Good! How’re you?” is unexpected. I personally find maintaining a façade of blue skies to be emotionally draining, so … Continue reading

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New York Rhymes

QUITE QUIET Konstantina Theofanopoulou Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) One line art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)

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Natural Expressions

Digital Bernie Langs of The Rockefeller University Development Office is celebrating the digital release of “The Show Must Go On (and other songs by Queen).” Langs performs a medley of themes and sections from Queen songs, centered around Queen’s release, … Continue reading

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Who is Anthony Fauci?

Aileen Marshall We have all seen Dr. Anthony Fauci, currently the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on television providing facts about the COVID-19 pandemic in recent months. It was a long road to this … Continue reading

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The Vigil at Carl Schurz Park

Audrey Goldfarb   Every night at 7 p.m., Upper East Side community members gather at Carl Schurz park for a socially distant vigil to honor those killed by police. The discussion is led by various volunteers from the community, with … Continue reading

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Culture Corner

Giants of Classic Films: The Exceptional Mind Trapped in a World of Their Own Creation Bernie Langs The misunderstood great mind standing firm and alone with their vision, genius, or obsession has long been a theme in film history. Many … Continue reading

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Pets of Tri-I

Pooja Viswanathan For this issue, I interview Maggi, the cat who lives with Priyanka Lakhiani (Graduate Student, The Rockefeller University) and her roommates. I caught sight of Maggi during a virtual meeting as she bathed herself gloriously while carefully listening … Continue reading

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Life on a Roll

Inside Iran: the Columns of Persepolis Nan Pang Persepolis, or “the city of the Persians,” is located northeast of Shiraz—just about one hour by car. As the history of the site stretches back almost 2,500 years, Persepolis had embodied the … Continue reading

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July/August Cover

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Black Lives Matter at The Rockefeller University

Natural Selections Editorial Board The appalling and tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis during a pandemic that was already disproportionately affecting Black communities provoked a global re-awakening for justice for Black people. This seeking of justice has not excluded … Continue reading

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Twenty-first Century Racism in America

Tracy Adams For decades, four simple words have been the articulation of hope for people of color who, speaking out against never-ending violence and injustice in their communities, are simply fed up…“No Justice, No Peace!” These four words have been … Continue reading

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Talking to My White Child About White Privilege: A Work in Progress

Gretchen M. Michelfeld I am ashamed to say, my first attempt to explain white privilege to Beckett was only a few months ago. My son is almost twelve and I have been complacent, you see. I have practiced the complacency … Continue reading

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