The 14th Annual W&S Lecture
and Luncheon, which was held on Thursday, May 12th
at the Rockefeller University – 1230 York Avenue
at 66th Street, raised over $1 million dollars of
support for the University’s women scientists. The luncheon
was attended by over 550 women from New York’s business and
philanthropic communities and featured renowned Rockefeller
scientist Leslie Vosshall who was joined by noted
perfumer, Frédéric Malle, in conversation about the
art and the science of scent. The event was hosted and by
RU President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.
Samantha Boardman Rosen, M.D.,
Katerina Alevizaki-Dracopoulos, Judith Roth Berkowitz,
Patricia Rosenwald, and Lulu C. Wang served as
Chairs this year. Founding Chairs are Lydia A. Forbes,
Isabel P. Furland, Nancy Kissinger and Sydney R.
guests included Katherine Betts, Friederike Biggs, Debra
Black, Eliza Bolen, Joan Juliet Buck, Phoebe Campbell,
Cristina H. Greeven Cuomo, Nina Rennert Davidson, Sharon
Levine Elghanayan, Lisa Errico, Princess H.R.H. Firyal of
Jordan, Danielle Ganek, Corinne P. Greenberg, Marjorie
Gubelmann, Duane Hampton, Blair Husain, Ellen Katz, Henry
Kissinger, Emilia A. Saint-Amand Krimendahl, Alexandra Kotur,
Evelyn G. Lipper, Karen McLaughlin, Gigi Mortimer, Fernanda
Niven, Anne Nordeman, Debra Perelman, Pauline Pitt, Renee A.
Rockefeller, Alexander Roepers, Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn,
Hilary Geary Ross, Alexia Hamm Ryan,
Jacqueline Sackler, Kimberly Kravis Schulhof, Daisy M.
Soros, Kate Spade, Silda Wall Spitzer, Claude Wasserstein,
Cynthia Whitehead, Carolyn Zapf and Caryn Zucker.
Since the initiative’s founding,
Women & Science has raised over
$15 million to establish the Rebecca Lancefield
Professorship for a senior woman scientist, provided support
for 135 postdoctoral and graduate fellows, as well as for
faculty recruitment, the Child and Family Center, career
development, high school and college education programs at
the University, and seed funds for research in neuroscience
and other fields.
Founded by John D. Rockefeller in 1901,
The Rockefeller University was this nation’s first
biomedical research university. Over the years, Rockefeller
has been the site of many historic breakthroughs, including
the landmark discovery that genes are made of DNA. To date,
23 scientists associated with the University have received
the Nobel Prize.