The Early History of RISE

  • 1971 The seed is planted
  • 1976 An adjunct research professorship is established
  • First holder William Moran, retired Director of Chemical Manufacturing at CIBA
  • Five students mentored in three years
  • Program named RISE (Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti)
  • 1979 Program approved by Board of Trustees
  • First director: George deStevens, former Executive VP and Research Director, Pharma Division of CIBA-Geigy.  Dr. deStevens was internationally known for his discovery of the two most widely prescribed drugs for high blood pressure. He founded the institute and directed it until his death in 1995.
  • Fundraising campaign begins

 Initial Funding and Developments

  • Naming grant from Charles A. Dana Foundation ($250,000)
  • Pew Memorial Trust Grant ($250,000)
  • Smaller grants from pharmaceutical firms
  • Total pledges received by 1982: $1.25 million
  • Construction of offices and laboratories begin on third floor of the Hall of Sciences
  • Formal Dedication on April 23, 1986
  • Full recruitment begins

Second Phase of Development

  • Laboratory space constructed for biologists
  • Grants totaling $250,000 received from Mellon Foundation,
  • CIBA-Geigy, Hoechst Celanese, Merck, and Schering-Plough
  • Formal Dedication of new laboratory on March 30, 1992 (Keynote address by Walter Massey, director of NSF)

RISE Directors

  • Jon R. Kettenring, former Executive Director, Bellcore and Telcordia Technologies, 2008 – present
  • Ashley H. Carter, former Department Head and Distinguished Member of Technical Staff, Bell Laboratories, 1999 – 2008
  • Sydney Udenfriend, former Founding Director of the Roche Institute of Molecular Biology, 1996 – 1999
  • George deStevens, former Executive Vice President and Director of Research, CIBA-Geigy Corporation – 1979 – 1995