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Scripps Research Institute Professor Phil Baran Wins 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award

LA JOLLA, CA – October 11, 2012 – Scripps Research Institute Professor Phil S. Baran has been named recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS)-San Diego.

The award recognizes Baran's "contributions in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, especially creativity in pushing its boundaries with innovative and thoughtful solutions to synthetic problems." It also acknowledges his mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and interactions with the San Diego science community.

“I am delighted that Phil is being recognized by the San Diego section of the ACS,” said Michael A. Marletta, president of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). “Phil's accomplishments to date are stunning and a perfect example of the chemistry that goes on at TSRI. We are indeed very fortunate to have Phil as a member of our faculty.”

Previous winners of the honor include: Kimberly Prather, H. Jane Dyson/Peter Wright, John W. Kozarich, Jr, John E. Johnson Jr., J. Andrew McCammon, Julius Rebek Jr., Roger Y. Tsien, William H. Rastetter, William G. Tong, Mark Thiemens, Murray Goodman, Leslie Orgel, Chi-Huey Wong, Susan S. Taylor, K. C. Nicolaou, Richard Houghten, Marjorie Caserio, K. Barry Sharpless and Bruno Zimm.

As part of the award program, Baran, who is a member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI, will deliver a lecture "Can Innovative Chemistry Save the Practice of Drug Discovery?" on Wednesday, October 24. The event, which costs $30 ($15 with student ID), includes a no-host bar (open at 6 PM), dinner (6:30 PM) and lecture (7:30 PM). It will be held UCSD Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla.

Those interested in registering for the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award Banquet Lecture should do so by Friday, October 19 at

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