Winship Herr on Initial Discussions About a Graduate School at CSHL
  Winship Herr     Biography    
Recorded: 09 Jul 2004

Well, I think that Cold Spring Harbor always thought about graduate education, certainly when Jim Watson was the director. In the early days there were graduate students who came down from Harvard with Jim Watson. Or some who went to nearby schools, for example, Columbia. I think throughout time people thought about when would be the right time to have a graduate school. There were a number of different times when people got excited about the idea of a graduate school and looked into it and then found that it probably [would] be too difficult to get a graduate school.

I came here in 1983. I can remember in 1985, 1986, 1987 around that time there were discussions about having our own graduate school. But they were fairly fleeting. The most that I know that happened is to ask one of the board of trustees what’s involved. And a large packet of paper came back and I think that was about the end of it.

At that time, Terri Grodzicker became assistant director when Joe Sambrook left. And also, Rich Roberts became involved in the administration of the lab and so I think it was mostly the two of them that were involved in that early phase to my knowledge. I was a young scientist then so I was not privy to high-level discussions.

Winship Herr, director of the University of Lausanne School of Biology and member of EMBO. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California in 1974 and Ph.D. for studies on recombinant retroviruses in leukemogenic mice with Walter Gilbert from Harvard University in 1982. He completed his postdoctoral research studies in Cambridge (England) with Frederick Sanger and with Joe Sambrook in Cold Spring Harbor. After that he joined the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory faculty in 1984. From 1994 till 2002 he was an assistant director of the Laboratory and founding dean of the Watson School of Biological Sciences from 1998 till 2004. He is a professor of the Center for Integrative Genomics at the University of Lausanne.

Winship Herr is a former National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow, Rita Allen Foundation Scholar, Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow, and Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Biological Sciences.

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