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Lamont Weekly Report – October 19, 2007

P.O. Box 1000, 61 Route 9W Palisades, New York 10964


- Letter from the Director


The Symposium to honor Marie Tharp that we held last Monday was a
great success - I wish the morning session, especially, could have
been enjoyed by a broader audience, but it was a privilege to host ex-
NSF Director and President's Medal of Science winner Rita Colwell for
the day, and it is a rare event when a Columbia Trustee - in this
case Marilyn Laurie - spends so much time with us.

Thanks are due especially to Bill Ryan for help with this event - but
also of course to all our Development and Events staff who made it
work so smoothly. We are now formally beginning our efforts to add
to the bequest from Marie's estate to establish an endowed fund at
Lamont in her honor.

Interesting conversations with Chevron recruiters on Tuesday and with
Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, and then this afternoon another superb
lecture in our "Science of Diversity" series from CU Business School
Professor Daniel Ames on the intriguing issues of Interpersonal
Assertiveness and Constructive Conflict.

I will be out of the office on Monday and Tuesday - I have to be at
Scripps Monday afternoon when my daughter, Alix, defends her Ph D
thesis. The title, by the way, is "Discovery and Description of a
Novel Toxin within the Pan-Genome of the Waterborne Pathogen Vibrio
Cholerae". Rather long I thought and it does not contain a colon,
but otherwise quite impressive...

My guess is that it will be colder in La Jolla than it is here.

Have a good weekend,

- Mike


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