Rita Levi-Montalcini Annotated Bibliography

 Abbott, Alison. “Neuroscience: One Hundred Years of Rita.” Nature 458.7238 (2009): 564-67. 9 April 2009. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. < http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090401/pdf/458564a.pdf>

This is a commemorative article for Rita Levi-Motalcini in the scientific journal Nature. The article was written by the journal’s Senior European correspondent, Alison Abbott. The main focus is Levi-Montalcini’s work, her experiments, her discoveries, there is not much about her personal life or her life outside of science. Abbott writes a detailed description of Montalcini’s discovery of the Nerve Factor Growth. She writes about the experiments that were conducted and the people that helped Montalcini accomplish such experiments. This article describes Rita’s love and dedication for science, stating how every chance she gets, she will be pushing for the increase in scientific research. She is a senator for life in Italy, and just a couple years ago she had succeeded in making the government drop a decision that would decrease funds for scientific research. Rita Levi-Montalcini’s one goal in life was to see the progression in science and she has been able to see that through.

Chao, Moses. “A Conversation with Rita Levi-Montalcin.” Annual Reviews – A Nonprofit Scientific Publisher. 2 Sept. 2008. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/pdf/10.1146/annurev-physiol-021909-135857>.

Chao, Moses. “An Interview with Rita Levi-Montalcini.” YouTube – Broadcast Yourself. 2 Sept. 2008. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkXGTjBS4N8>.

This source is an interview given at the European Brain Research Institute by Moses Chao, a professor and researcher at Ney York University. This interview is being conducted for the Annual Reviews of Physiology and Biochemistry; they have an event where they interview a senior neuroscientist. The interview is for meant new scientist so that they can take inspiration from her work and even scientists who are already in the field. Chao’s questions are mostly based on Motalcini’s discoveries and research. Motalcini talks about the people that she worked/works with including Victor Hamburger, and Giuseppe Levi. She describes what it was like to be awarded the Nobel Prize with fellow scientist Stanley Cohen and her current status in science. Montalcini also mentions things about her institute in bring African females into the world of science and strongly believes in science being a key role in the world. One source is the video of the interview and the other is a translation of the interview.

Nidam-Orvieto, Iael. “”Rita Levi-Montalcini.” Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia.” Jewish Women’s Archive. 1 Mar. 2009. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/levi-montalcini-rita>.

This source is a general article from the Jewish Women Archive. This website generally gives brief overviews on topics. The specific piece on Rita Levi-Montalcini by IaeI Nidam-Orvieto focuses more on Montalcini’s background giving more information on her family. The source briefly gives an overview her life, and her accomplishments, not really going into detail. This source does not give many details, most of the other sources that were used usually quote Montalcini, them mostly being interviews. The source does not give any insight into Motalcini’s thoughts and opinions.

Owen, Richard. “The Secret of Longevity: No Food, No Husband and No Regrets.” The Times. 27 Mar. 2009. Web. 10 Sept. 2011. <http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/article6163496.ece>.

This is an article from a British newspaper called The Times. In this article, the journalist, Richard Owen, interviews neuroembryologist Rita Levi-Montalcini the day before her 100th birthday. She talks about her background, how she was raised, and profoundly explains the roles of her parents, especially her father, in her life. The obstacles she faced are briefly mentioned. The readers are presented with Montalcini’s view on the human brain and how it affects the society. She has a very well thought out vision on what the brain is and how people should use it. Montalcini describes what it was like to have won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for discovering the Nerve Growth Factor, stating how it was the highlight of her life. This is one of the view sources where she gives her take on the comparison of women and men. The article provides a true insight on Montalcini and her view on life, what it is suppose to be, how a person should live it. Rita Levi-Montalcini is presented as a woman who dedicates her life solely to helping others.

“Rita Levi-Montalcini – Autobiography.” Nobelprize.org. Web. 11 Sept. 2011.<http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1986/levi-montalcini-autobio.html>.

This source is an autobiography of Rita Levi-Montalcini on the official Nobel Prize website. She wrote this in 1986, the year she was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. In this article, Levi-Montalcini describes her life from when she was just a child to many years later where she moved to the United States. She talks about the difficulties in her life during World War II, how her and her family had to flee from their home, and how she had to create her own laboratory in her bathroom.  Montalcini mentions those who have aided her in her research and work. The autobiography gives the readers a in-depth look into her life, through her words the readers can see the emotions that she felt during her hardships in World War II to her joy years later when becoming a professor at the University of St. Louis and becoming the Director of Institute of Cell Biology of the Italian National Council of Research.

“Video Player”. Nobelprize.org. 26 Nov. 2008. Web. 10 Sep 2011.

Nobel Prize Interview

This source is a live interview from the official Nobel Prize website. The interviewer is the Editor-in-Chief of www.nobelprize.org, Adam Smith. Smith sits down in Rita Levi-Montalcini’s very own research center in Rome. There he proceeds to ask her question about her work and her life. When asked about her work, Montalcini gives a detailed explanation of what her research entails and how she went about doing it. She also praises her co-winner of the Nobel Prize, Stanley Cohen, whom she met during her research time in the United Sates, explaining his role in the discovery of the nerve growth factor.. She also talks about her laboratory that she set up in her own home during World War II. She talks about her current role in science, and what she is contributing today. She talks about how she is blessed to work with young scientist, those who have the same dedication that she does, and gives advice to those intending to become future scientist. The interview is a bit difficult to understand for Montalcini has a thick Italian accent. Overall the source allows viewers to see Montalcini in her own environment and all her thoughts and opinions. It can be seen firsthand of her passion for science.