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The Society of Fellows had a spectacular 39th year as we continued our mission of enhancing the postdoctoral training at TSRI by promoting interactions between the Scripps postdoctoral fellows and the TSRI and greater scientific communities. The Distinguished Lecture Series, a career development series, 2 research symposia, and many social functions were sponsored by the Society this year.

The Society continued its tradition of bringing in outstanding scientists as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. In November 2000, Ray Freeman, professor of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, England, presented "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Quantum Computing." In March 2001, James Watson, president, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, presented "DNA Thoughts." The seminar series remains the highlight of our activities, and we look forward to continuing this successful program.

This past year was the fourth year for the Fall Research Symposium. The symposium was an all-day affair with sessions in chemistry, structural biology, immunology, and cell and molecular biology. Each session began with a presentation by an invited speaker. After the keynote seminars, members of the Society had the opportunity to give a talk on their research and to compete for travel awards. Our invited speakers were David Barton from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Mark Hochstrasser from Yale University, David L. Van Vranken from the University of California, Irvine, and Tom Ellenberger from Harvard University. Travel awards, which help defray the cost of travel to a professional meeting, were presented to Junko Tamiya (chemistry), Gino Cingolani (structural biology), Erica Ollman Saphire (honorable mention, structural biology), Noemi Sevilla (immunology), and Miguel Rodriguez (cell and molecular biology).

Another major event sponsored by the Society was the 13th Annual Spring Research Symposium and Vendor Show. For the spring symposium, members of the Society were invited to present their work through posters and to compete for travel awards. Award winners were Jawdat Al-Bassam (cell biology), John Craighead (structural biology), Becky Diebold (immunology), Laurence Florens (cell biology), Nick Gorgani (immunology), Tsaffrir Zor (molecular biology), Dagmar Klostermeier (honorable mention, molecular biology), and Isabelle Roullier (honorable mention, cell biology). This year at the vendor exposition, 75 chemical, biotechnical, and instrumentation companies displayed their latest scientific equipment and technology. Both the fall and the spring symposia were extremely successful events and will be continued in the coming years.

The Society sponsored a ski trip to Big Bear Mountain and a whale watching trip. In addition to these outings, 2 parties at the Martin Johnson House at Scripps Institution of Oceanography offered plenty of opportunities for meeting fellow postdoctoral students.

The executive committee expresses its appreciation to the office of the President for their enthusiastic support of the Society's activities.


Emily BurkePresident
John LaityTreasurer
Avi SpierProgram Chair
Phyllis FrosstVice-President, Cell Biology
Qing JinVice-President, Chemical Biology
Christopher BoddyVice-President, Chemistry
Mikhail MalakhovVice-President, Molecular and Experimental Medicine
Sonja Dames, Rebecca
Page, Corinne PloixVice-Presidents, Molecular Biology
Ulrika KahlVice-President , Neuropharmacology
Micah Gearhart, Ted FossGraduate Student Representatives
Jane LloydTechnical Staff Representative



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