Parents & Science benefit lecture and dinner

Join us at The Rockefeller University for a fascinating evening that will bring together world-class scientists, renowned child health care experts, and parents and grandparents interested in the most recent scientific advances revolutionizing our understanding of child and adolescent health.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception
6:30 p.m. “Speech and the Social Brain: Insights into How Children Learn”
  Lecture by Patricia Kuhl, Ph.D.
  Bezos Family Foundation Endowed Chair for Early Childhood Learning
Co-Director, University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
8:00 p.m. Dinner

This year’s benefit will feature internationally recognized childhood expert Patricia Kuhl.  Dr. Kuhl is revolutionizing the scientific understanding of how children acquire language and develop the many other skills that will provide a foundation for learning throughout life. Her work has played a major role in demonstrating how early exposure to language alters the brain. It has implications for critical periods in development, for bilingual education and reading readiness, and for developmental disabilities involving language.

Learn more about this year's "Celebrating Science" Event

Learn more about Patricia Kuhl's research

Benefit Committee 
(in formation)


Deborra-lee Furness and Hugh Jackman


Anne T. and Robert M. Bass
Judith and Howard Berkowitz
Debra and Leon Black
Russell and Judith Carson
Daniella and Greg Coules
Beth and Ravenel Curry
Beth and Mike Fascitelli
Jeff Gates and Mike Moran
Peter and Laurie Grauer
Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin
Jane and Michael Hoffman
Sandra Horbach and Steven Skoler
Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis*

Pam and Bill Michaelcheck
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan M. Nelson
Ilona Nemeth and Alan Quasha
Robin Chemers Neustein
Ronald O. Perelman and
     Anna Chapman, M.D
Marean Pompidou
Amy and Hartley Rogers
Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Salomon
John Shapiro and Shonni Silverberg
James and Marilyn Simons*
Stanley and Sydney Shuman
Lulu and Anthony Wang


Allen and Frances Adler
Holly S. Andersen, M.D.
Rebecca Levy Anikstein
Bo-In and Graham Arader
John Bernstein and Diana Davenport
Gail and Chuck Caulkins
Barbara and Rodgin Cohen
Caroline Curry and Rob Davis
D. Ronald Daniel and Lise Scott
Karen and Marc de Saint Phalle
Irene and Dimitrios Drivas
Blair and Jack Enders
Wendy Ettinger
Anthony B. Evnin
Willa and David Fawer
Olivia and Adam Flatto
Dolly and Jack Geary
Kathy and Kris Heinzelman
Sarah and Elie Hirschfeld
James Huniford
Kamila and Munib Islam
Nathalie and Edward Kaplan
Kristen and Michael Kaufman

Celerie Kemble and Boykin Curry
Pablo Legorreta
Karen and Paul Levy
Paul J. Maddon, M.D., Ph.D.
Elizabeth Martin and Marshall Curry
Surya and Valli Mohapatra
W. Carter and Tania H. Neild
Mike and Trina Overlock
Claudia and Gunnar Overstrom
Marnie S. Pillsbury
Betsy and Robert Pitts
Jenny and Michael Price
Courtney and Chris Rae
Alex and Alexandra Robertson
Loli and Simon Roosevelt
Simon Rose and Valerie Bruce
Kimberly and Jonathan Schulhof
Carter and Talbott Simonds
Claudia Steinman
David Sze and Kathleen Donohue
Sue Ann Weinberg
Nanar and Tony Yoseloff
Roxy and Adrian Zajac

*Event Underwriters

As of September 8, 2014

AlexandriaRockefeller gratefully acknowledges our generous underwriters
Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis, Jim and Marilyn Simons,
and our Luminary Corporate Sponsor:

Additional generous support provided by Corporate Patron Royalty Pharma and
Corporate Sponsors Blackbaud and Turner Construction

For more information, please contact Amy Harris, Director, Parents & Science Initiative, at or (212) 327-8689.

Richard Lifton, M.D., 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
Loli Echavarria Roosevelt
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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