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The Scripps Research Institute Presents Symposium for San Diego City Schools Science Teachers

La Jolla, CA. March 15, 1999- In an effort to bring some ofthe latest advances in biomedical research to local middle school and high school science teachers, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) will present, "Contemporary Issues in Bioscience: Trends in Research and the Scientific Marketplace," on Thursday, March 18, 1999,8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., in The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences on TSRI's campus in La Jolla. More than 125 science teachers from the San Diego Unified School District are expected to attend. The event is co-sponsored by the San Diego City Schools' Partnerships in Education Program.

According to William H. Beers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, "This program gives some ofTSRI's senior researchers an opportunity to share their most recent research discoveries with members of the local science education community, so that the teachers can communicate some of the excitement of basic bioscience being conducted in San Diego with their students. In addition, we want to let them know about the many employment opportunities in San Diego - both in academic research institutions and biotechnology companies - that are available to their students who may choose science as a career path," he continued.

In addition to attending a number of scientific presentations, the teachers will take tours of a number of research laboratories and core facilities at TSRI, and hear a panel discussion from participants - scientists, teachers, students and graduate students- in the Institute's Summer Research Internship Program, an intensive, eight-week research laboratory experience.

The agenda for the symposium is enclosed. Reporters are invited to attend all or part of the event.

Contemporary Issues in Bioscience: Trends in Research and the Scientific Marketplace

Thursday, March 18, 1999

Keck Amphitheater, The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences
The Scripps Research Institute

7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration and refreshments

8:00-8:30 a.m. Welcome
Robin Goldsmith, Director, Office of Communications
Dr. Vance Mill, Director, Mathematics/Science/Technology Division

Remarks: Francis O'Neill Zimmerman, Board of Education Member, San Diego Unified School District

Career Paths in Bioscience: Paula Dean, Vice President, Human Resources and Education

8:30-9:00 a.m. Scientific Update: Progress in Angiogenesis Research
David A. Cheresh, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Immunology

9:00-9:40 a.m. Scientific Presentation: "Battling Deadly Viruses in the Laboratory"
Dennis R. Burton, Ph.D., Professor, Departments oflmmunology and Molecular Biology

9:40-9:50 a.m. Break

9:50:-10:30 a.m. Scientific Presentation: "Synthesizing Organic Molecules in Nature with Therapeutic Potential"
Erik J. Sorensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Laboratory Tours
The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences
The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.: Lunch and Panel Discussion: TSRI's Summer Research Internship Experience

William H. Beers, Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, The Scripps Research Institute

Walt Desmond, Ph.D., Bioscience Coordinator, Lincoln Academy
Mayra Estrada, high school summer intern (Hoover)
Carolyn Gleason, high school summer intern (Mt. Miguel)
Roshan Kumar, TSRI Graduate Program
Mari Manchester, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Neuropharmacology
Robert North, science teacher, Hoover High School

Evaluation and conclusion.