Scripps Research Logo

News Release

The Scripps Research Institute Hosts NOBCChE Western Regional Meeting

Conference Helps Promote Diversity in the Sciences

LA JOLLA, CA – March 23, 2012 –The Scripps Research Institute is hosting the Western regional meeting of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) this weekend. The conference features scientific presentations, a science teacher workshop, small group tours of select Scripps Research laboratories, and a student poster session.

 “This year’s western regional meeting reflects the objectives of NOBCChE to discover, transmit, and apply knowledge in the fields of science and engineering,” said NOBCChE San Diego Chapter Chair Ronald Lewis II, Scientific Advisor at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati. “As an alum of the Barbas lab here at Scripps La Jolla, I am so pleased to have The Scripps Research Institute host this meeting for the first time.”

Established in 1975, the NOBCChE (pronounced No-be-shay) mission is to support and build a cadre of people of color in science and technology. The organization promotes careers in science and technology as an achievable goal for elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition, NOBCChE encourages college students to pursue graduate degrees in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Jamie Williamson, professor in the Scripps Research Departments of Molecular Biology and Chemistry and dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies, welcomed participants at the opening of the NOBCChE conference on Friday, March 23.

Other presenters at the conference, which runs through Sunday, March 25, include:

  • Adriana Beltran, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nisana Andersen, University of California, Riverside
  • José Manuel Cornejo Bravo, Autonomous University of Baja California
  • John A.W. Harkless, Howard University
  • William Jackson- Department of Chemistry, University of California, Davis
  • Kim Janda, Scripps Research
  • Katherine Kantardjieff, California State University San Marcos
  • Victor McCrary (keynote speaker), NOBCChE National President
  • K.C. Nicolaou (keynote speaker), Scripps Research
  • William Roush, Scripps Research
  • Ashley Swanson, University of California, Riverside
  • Crystal Valdez, University of California, Los Angeles

About The Scripps Research Institute

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is one of the world's largest independent, not-for-profit organizations focusing on research in the biomedical sciences. TSRI is internationally recognized for its contributions to science and health, including its role in laying the foundation for new treatments for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, hemophilia, and other diseases. An institution that evolved from the Scripps Metabolic Clinic founded by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps in 1924, the institute now employs about 2,700 people on its campuses in La Jolla, CA, and Jupiter, FL, where its renowned scientists—including two Nobel laureates—work toward their next discoveries. The institute's graduate program, which awards PhD degrees in biology and chemistry, ranks among the top ten of its kind in the nation. For more information, see

About National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers

Headquartered in Washington DC, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, (NOBCChE) was incorporated in 1975 under the laws of the State of Georgia and has tax-exempt status as a non-profit professional society. The organization’s mission is to build an eminent cadre of people of color in science and technology. For more information on the national organization, see, on the San Diego chapter, see

# # #

For information:
Office of Communications
Tel: 858-784-2666
Fax: 858-784-8136

Victor R. McCrary, President, NobCCHE
– For a high-resolution image see: