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The Scripps Research Institute to Award Doctoral Degrees to 31 Young Scientists

Honorary Doctorates to Go to Retiring Board Chair, Judge Alice D. Sullivan, and to Inventor, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Alexander W. Dreyfoos

What: Commencement ceremonies of Scripps Research's Kellogg School of Science and Technology; awarding of 31 Ph.D. degrees to biomedical science researchers; honorary degrees to and remarks by Scripps Research's retiring Board Chair, the Honorable Alice D. Sullivan, and Trustee Alexander W. Dreyfoos (see bios below).

When: 10 a.m., Friday, May 19,2006

Where: Auditorium of the Neurosciences Institute, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla

Media Opportunities: Parade of the Graduates and Faculty; awarding of degrees and hooding ceremony; awarding of two honorary degrees; remarks by the honorees.

RSVP: Required so that parking can be arranged. Call Scripps Research Communications and Public Relations Department at (858) 784-8134 or e-mail kmckeown@scripps.edu.

Alexander W. Dreyfoos

Scripps Research Trustee Alexander Dreyfoos owns and directs The Dreyfoos Group, a private capital management firm that grew out of his previous ventures. These include the Photo Electronics Corporation, a company he formed in 1963 to manufacture electronic equipment for the photographic industry, and WPEC-TV-12, the ABC, then CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Florida, with which he was involved from 1973 to 1996.

Mr. Dreyfoos holds a B.S. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is an inventor, holding 10 U.S. and numerous foreign patents in the fields of electronics and photography.

His Photo Electronics Corporation designed and manufactured the digital image processing Professional Video Analyzing Computer used by color laboratories for making high quality photographs. The company also invented the LaserColor printer, which produced extremely high quality, electronically generated color prints from color slides. In 1971, the company received an "Oscar" from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its development of a motion picture video analyzer. An earlier version of the video analyzer is now in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Dreyfoos was elected to the Scripps Research Board of Trustees in February 2004. Later that year, he and his wife, Renate, announced a gift of $1 million to the institute.

Mr. Dreyfoos was instrumental in forming and served as the first chairman of the Palm Beach County Council of the Arts. He spearheaded efforts to build a world-class performing arts center in Palm Beach County and continues to serve as founding chairman of the $100 million Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 1992.

He is a lifetime trustee of the MIT Corporation, serving on several of its visiting committees. The Dreyfoos Building at MIT, designed by Frank Gehry, was recently dedicated in his honor.

In 1997, Mr. Dreyfoos made the largest private contribution to a public school in Florida when he pledged $1 million to support Palm Beach County's public arts magnet high school, subsequently named for him.

Mr. Dreyfoos has served on a number of public and nonprofit boards and has received numerous distinctions and honors for community involvement. In 2006, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution presented Mr. Dreyfoos with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

Hon. Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.)

Hon. Alice D. Sullivan (Ret.) is ending her term as chair of the Scripps Research Board of Trustees, which she had held since February 2003. She is founder and chief executive officer of Private Judge, a firm in Del Mar that provides expertise in the resolution of business disputes, particularly in the life science and technology fields.

During the last 10 years, Judge Sullivan has mediated over 1,000 cases across a broad range of legal topics. She is an Arbitrator of national and international disputes. In addition, she has served as special master to manage discovery and evidentiary proceedings involving voluminous documents and complex issues.

Judge Sullivan, who earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, served as a judge in Alameda County, California, from 1981 to 1989. She served as a Judge of the California Superior Court from 1989 to 1992. She has completed post-graduate study in mediation and negotiation at Harvard Law School.

A frequent lecturer and trainer in mediation and civil law topics, Judge Sullivan has spoken at the U.S. Department of Commerce/Federal Trade Commission, American Bar Association, the State Bar of California, California Judicial College, Continuing Education of the Bar, the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on Science and Technology in Geneva and the International Chamber of Commerce International Dispute Resolution Conference on Biotechnology and Healthcare. Judge Sullivan also appeared on MSNBC as a commentator on the election of judges.

Judge Sullivan was first elected to the Scripps Research board in February 1995. She has also participated in the boards of the California Judges Association where she was vice-chair of the Ethics Committee, and Kids Included Together.

During Judge Sullivan's tenure as Chair ofthe Board of Trustees, Scripps Research has expanded to Florida, been a leader in NIH grant revenue, and presented the first joint doctoral degree with Oxford University.

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For information:
Keith McKeown
(858) 784-8134
Email: kmckeown@scripps.edu