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Dr. Charles DeLisi Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CDL

Scope and Content

Department of Energy Office of Health and Environmental Research, “Sequencing the Human Genome”, Santa Fe Workshop, March 3-4, 1986 This box contains 31 letters of which 20 were written to Dr. Mark Bitensky, Los Alamos National Laboratory. The majority of the letters are comments and input after the human genome project meeting held in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 3-4, 1986. There are two items from Senator Peter Domenici, Republican state senator from New Mexico and considered an early proponent of the Human Genome Project.

Dates

  • 1986

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions to this collection. Access is given only by appointment, Monday through Friday 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Use Restriction

Archival materials must remain in the archival reading area. Item duplication is to be done by archivists. Fees are applied to copies made. Digital photography is permitted by users.

Biography

Charles DeLisi is the Metcalf Professor of Science and Engineering at Boston University. Prior to moving to Boston University, he was Professor and Chair of Biomathematical Sciences and Professor of Molecular Biology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1987–1989), Director of the United States Department of Energy's Health and Environmental Research Programs (1985–1987), Section Chief at National Institutes of Health (1975–1985), and Theoretical Division Staff Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (1972–1975).

In 1999 he initiated the Boston University graduate program in Bioinformatics, which now includes approximately 120 students and 50 faculty from across the university.

In 1985, as Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Health and Environmental Research Programs, DeLisi and his advisors proposed, planned and defended before the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Congress, the Human Genome Project. The proposal created a storm of controversy, but was included in President Ronald Reagan’s FY 1987 budget submission to the Congress, and subsequently passed both the House and the Senate, the latter with the essential support of Senator Pete Domenici (R, NM).

DeLisi is recipient of numerous awards including the Presidential Citizens Medal, awarded to him by President Clinton for his seminal role in initiating the Human Genome Project.

Historical Note

The Human Genome Project was launched in 1986 by Charles DeLisi, who was then Director of the US Department of Energy's Health and Environmental Research Programs. He was later awarded the Citizen's medal by President Clinton for his seminal role in the Project. The goals and general strategy of the Project were outlined in a two-page memo to the Assistant Secretary in April 1986, which helped garner support from the DOE, the United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the United States Congress, especially Senator Pete Domenici. A series of Scientific Advisory meetings, and complex negotiations with senior Federal officials resulted in a line item for the Project in the 1987 Presidential budget submission to the Congress. Initiation of the Project was the culmination of several years of work supported by the US Department of Energy, in particular a feasibility workshop in 1986 and a subsequent detailed description of the Human Genome Initiative in a report that led to the formal sanctioning of the initiative by the Department of Energy.

Extent

1 Boxes

Overview

These files are the letters sent by attendees of the Santa Fe Workshop in 1986. These formed the basis of Dr. DeLisi’s memo to the Assistant Secretary proposing the project.

Arrangement Note

The letters arrived in a binder with clear sleeves in no organized order. The archivist put the letters in alphabetical order according to author.

Provenance

Materials given to Mila Pollock, Executive Director of Library and Archives at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory from Charles DeLisi in March 2008. Accession No. 2013_003. Processed in 2013.

Related Collections

Related collections in the CSHL Library and Archives are the James D. Watson Collection, the Sydney Brenner Collection and the Norton Tinder Collection.. DeLisi also participated in the CSHL Oral History Collection. His interview can be found at http://library.cshl.edu/oralhistory/speaker/charles-delisi/.

General

Box Date Author Recipient Description 1 March 18, 1986 Norman Anderson, Proteus Technologies Charles DeLisi , Dept. of Energy Los Alamos Conference. 1 October 10, 1986 Norman Anderson, Proteus Technologies Charles DeLisi , Dept. of Energy Letter to Anderson from Dr. Miyazima on automated 1 September 24, 1986 T. Miyazima REIKEN Robert E. Stevenson, ATCC Automated DNA Sequencing machine 1 March 13, 1986 George Bell LANL Mark Bitensky, LANL Summary of Co mputations aspects from Santa Fe Meeting for HGP 1 May 15, 1986 George Bell LAN L Charles DeLisi Dept. of Energy HGP 1 April 2, 1986 Mark Bitensky LANL Charles DeLisi Dept. of Energy Santa Fe workshop summary 1 May 5, 1986 Christian Burks Mark Bitensky, LANL Graph of HG DNA 1 March 6, 1986 Charles Cantor Columbia University Mark Bitensky , LANL Opinions on topics discussed at Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 13, 1986 Anthony Carrano and Elbert Branscomb Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 11, 1986 David Comings City of Hope Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 April 4, 1986 Charles DeLisi Department of Energy Brian Crawford, Academic Press Publication of Journal “Genome” 1 September 17, 1987 Senator Pete V. Domenici Republic an Senator from New Mexico, USA. Committee on Energy and Natural R esources and the S ubcommittee on Energy Research Development. The human genome initiative title of the department of energy national laboratory cooperative research initiative 1 July 11, 20 00 Senator Pete V. Domenci Republican Senator from New Mexico, USA. George Bush, Sr., President of USA Human Genome mapping project 1 Jun 17, 1986 Theodore Friedmann, Agouron Institute David Smith, Dept. of Energy Work done on the characterization of a h uman genome 1 March 17, 1986 Richard Gelinas, Fred Hutchinson Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 February 2, 1986 Walter Gilbert, Harvard Unknown Memo about the Human Genome Institute Inventory 1 March 14, 1986 Walter Goad, GenBank Not named Input Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 17, 1986 John Hearst, LBL Mark Bitensky LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 7, 1986 Elaine Jones Herson, Applied Biosystems Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 18, 1986 Maurice Kashdan, Dupo nt Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 24, 1986 Sankar Mitra, ORNL Mark Bitensky LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 17, 1986 Theodore T. Puck, University of Colorado Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 17, 19 86 Frank Ruddle Yale University Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 October 6, 1986 Masami Shimizu, Nihon Keizaik Shimbun Charles DeLisi, Dept. of Energy Article on Genome 1 March 6, 1986 Hamilton Smith, Johns Hopkins Mark Bitensky, LANL I nput on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 17, 1986 Gary Stein, University of Florida Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 24, 1986 F. William Studier, BNL Charles DeLisi Dept. of Energy Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 13, 1986 H. Eldon Sut ton Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop (2 copies) 1 March 7 , 1986 David C. Ward, Yale Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 12, 1986 Sherman Weissman, Yale Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop 1 March 14, 1986 Un signed, Laboratoire European de Biologie Moleculaire Mark Bitensky, LANL Input on Santa Fe Workshop
Title
Dr. Charles DeLisi Collection
Author
Finding Aid Prepared by Clare Clark.
Date
2012
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Archives Repository

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