Thursday, May 18, 2017

Waxing poetic

Reprieve from the sun on Fifth Avenue. 3:00 PM. Photo: JH.
Thursday, May 18, 2017. Hot, yesterday in New York with temps climbing to 90 degrees in the midday Sun. More of that for today is forecast. It’s 86 degrees as I write this at midnight.

I had dinner last night with Carol Joynt whom readers may remember for her Washington Social Diary pages that she wrote for us for about six years before she returned to the "real world" of mainstream media news. When she was a young woman, she lived in New York and wrote news for Walter Cronkite, who was anchor for CBS News for years. Then she went to work for Larry King and then Charlie Rose (I don't know who came first). After she left NYSD to return to her professional career, she worked for Chris Matthews, and now is Booking Producer for "Meet The Press Daily" with Chuck Todd. We had dinner with Duane Hampton and toward the end of the evening the girls fell into their Selfie mood and we ended up with these pictures.
Carol and DPC at Sette Mezzo.
And waxing poetic with Duane.
Duane didn't want her picture taken as you can see.
Important lunch lectures here in New York. The last Wednesday of last month, April 26th, the American Museum of Natural History hosted its annual Spring Lunch; Science, Society and Our Environment in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.

This annual luncheon benefit is an informative panel discussion led by Lynn Sherr. This year’s topic was “Resilience to Climate Change. The guest panelists were Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling, chief conservation scientist of the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation at the Museum. Robert Freudenberg, vice-president of the Regional Plan Association’s energy and environmental programs; and Kate Gordon, a senior advisor at the Paulson Institute where she provides overall strategy and coordination fore the Institute’s climate change, air quality, and sustainable urbanization programs here in the US and in China.
American Museum of Natural History's annual Spring Lunch; Science, Society and Our Environment in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life.
Last week the Rockefeller University hosted its 20th annual Women & Science Spring Lecture and Luncheon with Rockefeller scientist Dr. Leslie Vosshall. A world- renowned expert in olfaction- the sense of smell, Dr. Vosshall is pioneering genetic research to combat the Zika virus and various other infectious diseases. 

She gave an inspiring lecture on the current threat of Zika and how her research is utilizing exciting new technology to learn more about insect-borne illnesses.
Dr. Leslie Vosshall and Richard Lifton.
We’re running the video of the lecture which is on YouTube. It is fascinating and very important. Everyone should see it for their own edification as well as to learn a little something about the facts of life on the planet today.

Dr. Richard P. Lifton, Rockefeller University President, hosted the event which capped year-long fundraising efforts at $1.4 million.
Catering by Glorious Foods.
The Women & Science Initiative at Rockefeller University is celebrating 20 years since its founding in 1997. The program has raised a cumulative total of $27 million and funded more than 200 fellowships, awarded to some of the University’s most outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers.

Among those attending were Samantha Boardman Rosen, Colby Jordan, Fe Fendi, Renee Rockefeller, Sydney Shuman, Nancy Kissinger, Betsy Pitts, Lise Evans, Janice Becker Leslie Stevens, Paula Sutter, Noreen Buckfire, Peggy Siegel, Marigay McKee, Eliza Bolen, Yue Sai Kan, Tina Bhojwani, Gigi Mortimer, Danielle Ganek, and many more.
Dr. Leslie Vosshall. Fe Fendi. Janice Becker.
Alice Victor, Marnie Pillsbury, Susan Lowry, Blair Pillsbury Enders, Amy Richards, and Kristen Smyth.
Brigitte Kleine and Tina Bhojwani. Danielle Ganek and Frances Beatty Adler.
Lise Evans. Colby Jordan and Samantha Boardman Rosen.
Sydney Shuman, Dr. Leslie Vosshall, and Marnie S Pillsbury.
Suzanne Oliver and Betsy Pitts. Renee Rockefeller.
Noreen Buckfire and Joan Steinberg. Peggy Siegal.
Eliza Bolen and Amy Falls Rogers.
Elizabeth Oberbeck, Kathy Clark, Merilee Bostock, and Dr. Leslie Vosshall.
Marigay McKee and Yue Sai Kan.
Paula Sutter and Tina Bhojwani.
Renee Rockefeller, Leslie Stevens, and Gigi Mortimer.
Samantha Boardman Rosen.
Here is the video of the lecture. I urge you to watch; you’ll be glad you did. Dr. Vosshall delivers her message very clearly about a problem that is very clearly dangerous to all of us. 
Also, last Tuesday, The Albert Einstein College Women’s Division held the 63rd annual Spirit of Achievement Awards at The Rainbow Room. They honored Sandra Lee, Luz Towns-Miranda, Ph.D. and Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Ph.D. Jill Martin was Mistress of Ceremonies and her Today Show co-star Lilliana Vazquez was there to present the award to Dr. Towns-Miranda. Special guests of the Miranda family included Stacy London, Luis Miranda, Luz Miranda-Crespo and Nathalie Rayas
The honorees shared moving stories of their own experiences with cancer and how it has impacted their lives as well as their life’s work at Einstein. Lilliana Vazquez emphasized the significance of Dr. Towns-Miranda’s work with Planned Parenthood and their commonality of growing up as an American of Puerto Rican descent and putting family first. Sandra Lee spoke of her gratitude for Governor Cuomo’s support, as well as her “loyal girl gang” while she was battling breast cancer. She emphasized the importance of sharing one’s personal story if it can benefit someone else who is going through similar challenges.
Terri Goldberg, Trudy Schlachter, Jill Martin, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, Sandra Lee, Dr. Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Carol Roaman, Stacy London
This year’s luncheon was attended by 250. Hosts were Co-Presidents of the Women’s Division Terri Goldberg and Trudy Schlachter. Luncheon Chairs were Carol Roaman and Andrea Stark. The luncheon committee included Linda Altman, Judy Baron, Mindy Feinberg, Arlene Fischer, Mary Loving, Madge Miller, Pamela Pantzer, Adrianne Silver, Audrey Wilf among others. Dr. Steven M. Safyer president and CEO of Montefiore Medicine presented the awards to Dr. Moadel-Robblee and Sandra Lee. 
Women's Division Co-Presidents and Luncheon Chairs Terri Goldberg, Trudy Schlachter, Carol Roaman, and Andrea Stark
Since its inception, the Women’s Division has raised more than $100 million. It established: a Wing for Prenatal Studies and Research in Birth Defects, a Clinical Research Institute for Child Development, and funded major research in immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy in cancer.  

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Stacy London and Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda. Stacy London, Lilliana Vazquez, and Jill Martin.
Honorees Dr. Alyson Moadel-Robblee, Dr. Luz Towns-Miranda, and Sandra Lee.
Joan Hamburg , Trudy Schlachter, and Barbara Berger.
Susan Mendik, Andrea Stark, and Barbara Rothschild.
Cody Palin, Jane Pontarelli, and Nicole Dicocco.
Steve Safyer and Dr. Alyson Moadel-Robblee.
Melanie Holland, Mary Loving, and Kori Mallett.

Photographs by Scott Rudd (Rockefeller); Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images (Einstein)

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