The passing of a giant…

Rita Levi-Montalcini has died. Her NYT obit is here. She was a neuroscientist Nobel laureate whose discovery of Nerve Growth Factor helped shape the way we think about wiring up the nervous system during development. I had the honor of hearing her speak at the 1981 Society for Neuroscience meeting in Los Angeles–we graduate students were packed into the nose-bleed seats of the giant auditorium, but we hung on every word…

She will be missed.