Author Archives: Pooja Viswanathan

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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Graduating Class of 2020

Megan E. Kelley On Thursday, June 11, The Rockefeller University held a virtual convocation for the conferring of doctorate degrees upon thirty graduate students. This streamed ceremony was the culmination of years of dedication, hard work, and perseverance by the … Continue reading

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Murder Hornets, What’s in a Name?

Aileen Marshall With so many more significant stories in the news recently, you may have only vaguely noticed stories about murder hornets. Is this yet another thing we should worry about? It turns out, not as much as the name … Continue reading

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What It’s Like to Get a COVID-19 Antibody Test in NYC

Anna Amelianchik Antibody testing for COVID-19 is now widely available in New York City. Unlike the polymerase chain reaction test used to detect coronavirus from the infamous nasal and throat swab, the antibody test does not determine whether you currently … Continue reading

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Culture Corner

And the Alternative Oscar Goes To… Bernie Langs You obviously cannot hand out Academy Awards for every superlative acting performance and deliver a statuette to all deserving movies every year. That said, here is a commercial-free presentation of Honorary Oscars … Continue reading

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Pets of Tri-I

Pooja Viswanathan In this issue, we return with a pet interview. I have had my eye on this little puppy for a while and due to social distancing measures, I have been keeping a respectful distance, but in this time … Continue reading

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New York Rhymes

This Time Konstantina Theofanopoulou This is a time to amplify Black voices and Black poets. Tagged on my poem on Instagram and on my stories daily (@newyork_rhymes) are Black writers who have inspired me. Read their poetry, support them, and … Continue reading

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Natural Expressions

Digital Myles Marshall, Lab Manager in Alipasha Vaziri’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University, would like to announce the release of a music video for “Capital T” by Chaos Chaos. Marshall acted as creator and animator for the music video, using … Continue reading

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Thank you, Sarah!

Natural Selections would like to say a special thank you and farewell to our Editor-in-Chief, Sarah Baker, who successfully defended her thesis at The Rockefeller University in March. Sarah joined the editorial board as a Copy Editor in the fall … Continue reading

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Reopening Rockefeller

Natural Selections Editorial Board At 5 p.m. on March 18th, 2020, The Rockefeller University shut down its campus due to the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the New York City area. A reduced staff maintained the most essential operations, … Continue reading

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Pets of Tri-I: Working from Home with Pets Pt. 2

Gretchen M. Michelfeld Heading into June, many of us in the Tri-I community are still working from home, grappling with the uncertainty of tomorrow’s news, the loneliness of quarantine, or the frustrations of too much family togetherness. Our pets continue … Continue reading

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Lace Up for Immune Health

Anna Amelianchik Exercise is critically important for physical and mental health because it helps stave off diseases related to obesity and reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, there is reason to believe that exercise might also protect against … Continue reading

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Culture Corner

Painter as Cinema: Gerhard Richter and Never Look Away Bernie Langs One of the difficult processes of being solidly past sixty years of age has been the near-weekly grieving for the passing away of cherished, long-time film, television, and music … Continue reading

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Quarantine Reads

Emma Garst Quarantine is a wonderful time to get caught up on your “to be read” stack. However, some of us have felt culturally adrift since the shutdown in New York, wanting to take the opportunity to engage with good … Continue reading

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Quarantine Don’t Reads

Jennifer Einstein My brother, apparently, has become a baker. The girl who sat two rows behind me in second grade just planted her first veggie garden. The first alto in my high school Concert Choir now makes soap. And Shakespeare … Continue reading

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Natural Expressions

Digital This month, Nick Didkovsky, Bioinformatics Group Supervisor in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology at The Rockefeller University, announced the release of CHORD’s third album CHORD III. Didkovsky plays guitar, composes, and produces music in this electric guitar duo. Described … Continue reading

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Life on a Roll

Inside Iran: Holy City of Yazd Nan Pang After spending a night in the Varzaneh Desert in Iran with Hamidreza and his father, I was ready to head east. Because Varzaneh is a small desert town and does not have … Continue reading

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New York Rhymes

Poetry: Dr. Konstantina Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @newyork_rhymes) Art: Mikaella Theofanopoulou (Instagram: @m_theta_art)

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May Cover

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