Category Archives: Science and Society

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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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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What Happened in 1918?

Aileen Marshall Not many of us around the Tri-Institutional community have experienced a pandemic situation like COVID-19. News pundits and politicians are saying this is “unprecedented.” But is it? The word “pandemic” reminded me of references to the so-called Spanish … Continue reading

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Denaturing the Mind for Discovery – Remembering Kary Mullis through the Voice of Italo Calvino

Sarah Baker Nobel laureate Kary Mullis passed away on August 7, 2019 at the age of 74. Although a controversial scientific figure due to his climate change denial, rejection of the fact that HIV causes AIDS, strong belief in astrology, … Continue reading

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Biologists Call for Open Science, but Competition Creates Challenges

Audrey Goldfarb Transparent and thorough communication of data has the potential to streamline major scientific advances. For Dr. Maryam Zaringhalam, open science practices like these would have transformed her Ph.D. thesis. “While I was at Rockefeller, I was scooped five … Continue reading

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Getting a Head

  Miguel Crespo If you thought Dr. Frankenstein was just a figment of Mary Shelley’s imagination, history is about to turn against you. If you believed connecting heads to different bodies was just a gimmick of old-school science fiction comics, … Continue reading

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A Lab Grows in Brooklyn

  Aileen Marshall Most of us here at Rockefeller and the Tri-Institutions community, who work in science in one form or another, do so because we love science. Sometimes we are curious about other aspects of science outside of the … Continue reading

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Eclipse: Protect Your Eyes for The Big One

Miguel Crespo Summer is here and again sun, humidity, and mosquitos will relentlessly plague our days. But the firmament reserves something unique for us: a celestial spectacle we do not get to witness every day. On Monday August 21, 2017, … Continue reading

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This month Natural Selections interviews Jazz Weisman of the Scientific Computing Users Group

Juliette Wipf Picture: Jason Banfelder, Director of the RU High Performance Computing Systems, talking about the most commonly used computing tools at the inaugural meeting of the SciComp group. On April 12, Scientific Computing Users Group (SciComp) of The Rockefeller … Continue reading

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Who Will Lead WHO?

Aileen Marshall Most of us here at The Rockefeller University, and the Tri-Institutions, do basic research: figuring out the molecular mechanisms of various life forms. Many of us also do translational research: taking that basic research and applying it towards … Continue reading

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Alt-Foods

Yvette Chin Rebooting the traditional food production model to improve climate and environment is driving innovative entrepreneurs to pursue a vegan path. The resulting alt-foods are, unlike alt-facts, solidly grounded in science, as the personnel list at these companies—data scientists, … Continue reading

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Quotable Quote

  “Why are we suddenly a nation and a people who strive for security above all else? In fact, security is essentially elusive, impossible. We all die. We all get sick. We all get old. People leave us. People surprise … Continue reading

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Autism Awareness

Guadalupe Astorga April is National Autism Awareness Month. April 2 is a day meant to create consciousness, tolerance and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A better inclusion in society is essential to increase their quality of life … Continue reading

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An Italian Easter

Francesca Cavallo Easter brings to mind egg hunts, chocolate, jelly beans, and the Easter bunny. In Christianity, Easter is the holiest and oldest of all traditions, and it’s related to the even more ancient Jewish festival of Passover, which is … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration – And They’re Off! Edition

Jim Keller As I’ve said many times one can liken the Oscar race to a horserace with each studio betting on its thoroughbreds hoping to place in the end. The studio is the owner, public relations is the jockey, and … Continue reading

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Creating Unnecessary Addictions in our Kids

  Guadalupe Astorga When my younger brother was a child, he had a hard time following the teacher’s instructions at school. He was not intellectually incapable, but a restless and vivacious youngster. When the teachers found themselves unable to create … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy

Yvette Chin When Sheikhs invest in solar, you know a paradigm change has arrived. A slew of sun-drenched Middle Eastern states, prompted by the now-favorable economics of renewable energy, and a concomitant cloudy outlook for fossil fuels, are looking to … Continue reading

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Twenty-four visits to Stockholm: a concise history of the Rockefeller Nobel Prizes

Part XXIII: Ralph M. Steinman, 2011 Prize in Physiology or Medicine Joseph Luna A macrophage is on the hunt. Crawling and sniffing its way across a petri dish, this “big eater” lunges forward, its rolling membranes like tank treads, toward … Continue reading

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Ten minutes with…Leslie Vosshall

Fernando Bejarano Last year, gender inequality in science hit the headlines of numerous major scientific journals. Several remarks from notable scientists about their thoughts on women working in science brought up again the dearth of women in STEM (science, technology, … Continue reading

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