Upcoming Events

The Rockefeller University's Parents & Science initiative hosts numerous events throughout the academic year. We welcome you to read about past events, enjoy our photo galleries, and learn about upcoming programs.


Saturday, May 7, 2016
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by Parents & Science and the Science Outreach Program

Join us for a fun-filled day of scientific talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities designed to engage and inspire children grades K-8, and their families and teachers. Rockefeller scientists will be on hand throughout the day to guide and educate families at more than 25 learning stations.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
5:30 p.m.

Benefit Lecture and Dinner

Next-Generation Genomics:
Re-Inventing Medicine For You and Your Children

Robert B. Darnell, M.D., Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Russ and Judy Carson

The Rockefeller University invites you to save the date for the annual Celebrating Science Benefit Lecture and Dinner, which will feature Rockefeller University scientist Robert Darnell. A world leader in the field of genomics, he will discuss how DNA sequencing is revolutionizing the study of human genetic variation and its role in health and disease.

The evening will honor Russ and Judy Carson for their philanthropic leadership in New York, especially their support of biomedical research and their efforts to improve inner-city education.


2016 Spring Evening Program
Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
[Event Photos]

2015 Fall Evening Program
Sleep: Why Our Brains and Our Bodies Need It
[Event Photos]

2015 Celebrating Science Benefit
Epigenetics Changes Everything: Revisiting the Nature vs. Nurture Debate
[Event Photos]

2015 Science Saturday
General event information
Once Upon a Time There Was a Tadpole
Ali H. Brivanlou, Ph.D.
Our Shocking Nervous System
A. James Hudspeth, M.D., Ph.D.

2015 Spring Evening Program
The Origins of Morality: How Biology and Culture Shape Us
[Event Photos]

2014 Fall Evening Program
The Pink and Blue in Gray Matter: Hormones, Gender, and the Developing Mind
[Event Photos]

2014 Celebrating Science Benefit
Speech and the Social Brain: Insights into How Children Learn and Continue to Thrive Throughout Adulthood
[Event Photos]

2014 Science Saturday
General event information
Ants and their Pets
Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.
Cooperation and Conflict in Ants
Daniel Kronauer, Ph.D.

2014 Spring Evening Program
The Challenges of Adolescence: Balancing Risk, Novelty and Self-Control
[Event Photos]

2014 Winter Evening Program
Sun Exposure, Genetics and Melanoma: A Worldwide Health Challenge
[Event Photos]

2013 Fall Evening Program
Science 101 For Parents An Ounce of Prevention: Vaccines and Your Child’s Immune System

2013 Fall Celebrating Science Benefit
Your Child’s Medical Future in the 10X Genetic Revolution
[Event Photos]

2013 Spring Evening Program
Welcome to Your Child's Brain: How the Mind Grows From Conception to College
[Event Photos]

Inaugural Celebrating Science Benefit
Darwin, Diet, Disease and Dollars: How the Sugar in Processed Foods Has Changed Society
[Event Photos]

2012 Fall Evening Program
Illuminating Resilience: How Stress and Trauma Can Transform Us

2012 Spring Evening Program
Intelligence and How to Get It:Why Schools and Cultures Count

2012 Winter Evening Program
Science 101 for Parents
The Biology of Sensory Perception: How Children Discover the World


2011 Fall Evening Program
The Dynamic Childhood Brain: Preparing for a Lifetime
[Event Photos]

2011 Spring Evening Program
Science 101 for Parents: How Epigenetics is Revolutionizing the Understanding of Heredity
[Event Photos]

2011 Winter Evening Program
The First Big Love: Exploring the Neurobiology of Parent-Child Bonding
[Event Photos]

2010 Fall Evening Program
Body Image, Nutrition, and Eating Disorders: Insights from Neuroscience and Psychiatry
[Event Photos]

2010 Spring Evening Program
A Parent's Guide to Boys and Girls: How Hormones Shape the Brain and Influence Behavior [Event Photos]

2010 Winter Evening Program
The Biology of Substance Abuse: What Parents of Teens Need to Know
[Event Photos]

2009 Fall Evening Program
Germs, Genes, and Immunity:
Addressing Swine Flu and Other Infections in Children

[Event Photos]

2009 Spring Evening Program
Science 101 for Parents: Or 20 Years of the Genetic Revolution in One Hour
[Event Photos]

2009 Winter Evening Program
Intelligence: It's Not Just IQ
[Event Photos]

2008 Fall Breakfast Program
The Autism Enigma
[Event Photos]

2008 Spring Evening Program
It's Not Just Talk: How Children Learn and Acquire Language*
*please note: due to technical issues, footage from this program was lost and has been replaced by video from a similar talk Dr. Kuhl gave at Rockefeller in 2002. 
[Event Photos]

2007 Fall Evening Program
Children Under Stress: Vulnerability and Resiliency in the Developing Brain
[Event Photos]

All events are complimentary, but an RSVP is required.

To register please click here,
call (212) 327-8698,
or email adurnin@rockefeller.edu

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University

Parents & Science
Faculty Advisor

Bruce S. McEwen, Ph.D.
Alfred E. Mirsky Professor
Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch
Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology

Parents & Science Leadership


Daniella Lipper Coules
Talbott Simonds

Steering Committee

Rebecca Anikstein
John Bernstein
Charles W. Caulkins
Karen de Saint Phalle
Blair Pillsbury Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Kathy Heinzelman
Tania Neild, Ph.D.
Ilona Nemeth
Marean Pompidou
Courtney Smith Rae
Kimberly Kravis Schulhof
Roxy Zajac

Scientific Advisory Council

Evelyn Attia, M.D.
BJ Casey, Ph.D.
Myron Hofer, M.D.
Ilene Sackler Lefcourt
Margaret McCarthy, Ph.D.
Richard Nisbett, Ph.D.
Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

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