Resolution J2536-2013

Commending Chancellor Emeritus Dr. James D. Watson and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Watson on their 45 years of dedication to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

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  • Jun 20, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 20, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 17, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commending  Chancellor  Emeritus  Dr.  James D.
Watson and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Watson on their 45 years  of  dedication
to  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and their invaluable contributions to
science and society on Long Island and beyond on July 12, 2013

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body  to  publicly  commend
those  outstanding  individuals within the State of New York whose life-
long dedication to medical research results in groundbreaking  discover-
ies which improve the lives of those affected by the world's most devas-
tating diseases; and
  WHEREAS,  Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly  proud  to  commend
Chancellor  Emeritus Dr. James D. Watson and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Watson
on their 45 years of dedication to Cold  Spring  Harbor  Laboratory  and
their invaluable contributions to science and society on Long Island and
beyond to be celebrated on July 12, 2013; and
  WHEREAS, Dr. Watson served as Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laborato-
ry  (CSHL) from 1968-1994; President from 1994-2003; and Chancellor from
2003-2007; and
  WHEREAS, That CSHL continues to lead the  global  field  of  molecular
biology  and genetics is a testament to Dr. James D. Watson's foresight;
and
  WHEREAS, Under his auspices, CSHL has enhanced its excellence in basic
research and is rated one of the world's top research institutions; and
  WHEREAS, Sparked by Dr. James D. Watson, these research  programs  are
paying huge dividends in treating diseases such as cancer and neurologi-
cal  disorders;  CSHL's Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Insti-
tute-designated cancer center on Long Island and has  held  this  desig-
nation for more than 25 years; and
  WHEREAS,  This  year, CSHL celebrated the 10th graduating class of the
Watson School of Biological Sciences; the innovative Ph.D. program  that
bears the Watson name is evidence that Dr. Watson's mark on the field of
scientific education is no less significant; and
  WHEREAS,  A  robust Meetings & Courses program brings more than 12,500
top scientists to Long Island every year, while the CSHL Press publishes
textbooks, manuals and journals that are essential reading for the  next
generation of Nobel Prize winners; and
  WHEREAS, CSHL's DNA Learning Center, begun under Dr. James D. Watson's
Directorship  of  the  Laboratory,  was the world's first science center
dedicated to genetics education and, over the course of two decades, has
provided more than 420,000 New York State children and teachers hands-on
learning experiences; and
  WHEREAS, Elizabeth Lewis Watson was instrumental in  the  Laboratory's
designation  on the National Register of Historic Places, and for CSHL's
joining the American Public Gardens Association as the  Bungtown  Botan-
ical Garden; and
  WHEREAS,  Elizabeth  Lewis  Watson  has  been a devoted trustee of the
Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities and  has  served
on  the  New  York  State  Board for Historic Preservation, the New York
Landmarks Preservation Foundation and the Archives of American Art; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is proud to applaud Dr. and Mrs. Watson
for their stewardship of the landscape of Long Island's North Shore  and
their cultivation of its rich history and cultural programs; and
  WHEREAS,  Individuals  such as Chancellor Emeritus Dr. James D. Watson
and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis Watson, who have given so selflessly  of  their
skills  and  dedication in performing vital medical research to bring us
closer to eradicating deadly diseases, are worthy and  due  the  highest

commendation for their contributions to all of humanity; now, therefore,
be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commend Chancellor Emeritus Dr. James D. Watson and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis
Watson on their 45 years of dedication to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory,
and their invaluable contributions to science and society on Long Island
and beyond to be celebrated on July 12, 2013; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Chancellor Emeritus Dr. James D. Watson and Mrs.    Elizabeth
Lewis Watson.

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