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The Richard C. Parker Memorial Lecture

This lecture is part of an annual tribute to Richard Parker, a former Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Richard arrived at Columbia University in 1983 after undergraduate training at MIT, doctoral work at California Institute of Technology, and postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. He established a laboratory, began independent research on transformation of cells, joined in teaching of the department courses, and started training several doctoral students. All this he began despite having been diagnosed, several years earlier, of having lymphoblastic T-cell lymphoma. Richard spent nearly three years in our department, and he was a brilliant, dedicated, dependable and outspoken colleague. Richard fought his disease for six and one half years, which unfortunately took his life on July 4, 1986.

Richard was especially dedicated to graduate education, and before he died he asked his department chairman, Dr. Lucy Shapiro, to do everything possible to support graduate training at Columbia. As a result, the department established the Richard C. Parker Memorial Fund for graduate training. This fund is used to sponsor, each year, a seminar by an outstanding scientist. The speaker is selected and hosted by the graduate students of the department, and spends the day talking with the students.

In addition, the Richard C. Parker Graduate Student Award was established, which is presented each year to a student who has accomplished outstanding and innovative work. Previous recipients of this award are listed on the following table.

List of Lectures


Year
Award Recipient
Award Lecturer

1987

Pam Schwartzberg

Philip Leder

1988

Cathy Mendelsohn

Joan Steitz

1989

Andrea Marra

Jonathan King

1990

Xiuxuan Zhu

H. Robert Horvitz
(2002 Nobel Prize in Medicine)

1991

Nick Cacalano

Robert A. Weinberg

1992

Lori Sussel

David Livingston

1993

Peter Covitz

Edward Harlow

1994

Elaine Sia & Sandra Wells

Ronald Levy

1995

Elizabeth Colston

Harold Varmus
(1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine)

1996

Stephen Buck

J. Michael Bishop
(1989 Nobel Prize in Medicine)

1997

Erik Lium & Gonzalo Merino

Tom Maniatis

1998

Nikka Danial

Gerald Fink

1999

Douglas Braaten

Anna M. Skalka

2000

Husam Ansari

David Botstein

2001

Scott Kachlany

Marjorie Oettinger

2002

Oliver Jovanovic

J. Craig Venter

2003

Robert Pelham & Paul Planet

Jonathan Beckwith

2004

Vincent Bruno & Kristen Johnson

Hidde Ploegh

2005

Lance Langston

Leonard Guarente

2006

Clarissa Nobile & Nadim Shohdy

Lucy Shapiro

2007

Brenda Perez & Erna Magnusdottir

Bonnie Bassler

2008

Teresita Arenzana

Aaron Mitchell

2009

Eleni Mimitou

Anthony Fauci

2010

Allison Fay

Susan Gottesman

2011

Kanako Lewis

Philippe Sansonetti

2012

Celia Keim & Christal Vitiello

C. David Allis

2013

Roy Maute

Ruslan Medzhitov

2014

Huan Chen

Dan Littman




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