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A star-studded Rosenstiel Award ceremony

Titia de Lange and James Haber

Nobel Prize winner Harold Varmus met cell biologist Titia de Lange in the mid-80s when she joined his lab at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as a postdoctoral fellow.

As he recalled at an event on April 12 to award de Lange Brandeis' Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award for Distinguished Work in Basic Medical Research, they regularly went out "drinking," by which he meant discussing science over coffee at a nearby café. "Blunt does not do justice to Titia's conversational style," Varmus recalled. She's "indisputably frank but artful, opinionated but insightful, critical but rational, unconventional, humorous, knowledgeable and just delightful — in other words, Titia is the best kind of drinking companion."

De Lange is now the Leon Hess Professor and director of the Anderson Center for Cancer Research at The Rockefeller University in New York. As part of the Rosenstiel Award ceremony, she delivered a scientific lecture. It was followed by a reception and dinner at the faculty club, where Varmus and others delivered toasts.

As scientific get-togethers go, it was a star-studded affair. In addition to Varmus, who is now at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, there were two other Nobel Prize winners — Brandeis' own Michael Rosbash and Brandeis alumni Roderick MacKinnon '78. Brandeis president Ronald Liebowitz and trustees Meyer Koplow '72, P '02, P '05 and Ellen Lasher Kaplan '64 also attended. Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey delivered a speech via video link. (See below.) Some of the country's most prominent researchers from Brandeis, MIT, Yale and Harvard were also present.

De Lange told the guests that had gathered in her honor that she considered them family. "Over the years, science has provided me with a family," she said. "I am grateful for all these wonderful interactions with my supportive family without whom I couldn't have survived in science because it's not always easy."

Read more about Titia de Lange receiving the Rosenstiel Award.

Categories: Campus News
Date: April 17, 2018