Scientific Report 2006
Kellogg School of Science and Technology
innovation, interdisciplinary scientific exchangethese are some of the cornerstones
of the Kellogg School of Science and Technology at Scripps Research.
This year was a significant one for graduate
studies at the Florida campus with the enrollment of the first recruited graduate
student, John Whitaker. He joins eight other Ph.D. candidates who transferred to
Scripps Florida from the University of Michigan with Professor and Associate Dean
William Roush. The introduction of 2-way, web-based conferencing technology now
enables the Florida students to participate in California lectures in real time,
as well as opening future Florida chemistry classes on asymmetric synthesis and
related topics to interested California students. The technology also facilitates
the meeting of thesis committees with faculty on both Scripps Research campuses.
In 2006, we welcomed a total of 42 new
students to our Ph.D. program from undergraduate institutions including Dartmouth,
Brown, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, Pennsylvania State, Tufts, University of Chicago,
University of Hamburg, National Taiwan University, and the University of California
system. Members of this years entering class originally come from countries
as far away as Australia, Slovenia, and China. The entering biology class of 27
is the largest in the history of the program.
Shortly after the first-year students
arrived at Scripps Research, they began a 12-week class called Critical Thinking
and Communication in Science to sharpen their skills in assessment and communication
of scientific information and ideas. For the first time in 2006, the course included
an introduction to the Scripps Research Kresge Library, with an overview of the
librarys resources and services, a hands-on orientation, and in-depth seminars
on topics such as databases and citation management software. One of the course
requirements is a research proposal suitable for submission to a variety of predoctoral
Another opportunity to learn about the
institutes resources and to meet student and faculty colleagues was provided
by the 2006 Faculty Student Retreat. Held at the Bahia Resort on Mission Bay, the
retreat was similar to a professional scientific conference, with students from
both Florida and California campuses presenting their research through 17 oral presentations
and 150 posters that explored topics such as Micro-Capillary Crystallization and
Adventures in Total Synthesis: The Stephacidin Family. Mike Burkart (Class of 99),
now a faculty member in the chemistry and biochemistry department of the University
of California, San Diego, also gave a talk, passing on his experiences in science
and offering career advice to the Ph.D. candidates.
In 2006, numerous honors and awards were
bestowed on Kellogg School students highlighting their accomplishments:
An unprecedented number of students
(5) were selected for National Science Foundation Fellowships: Daniel Bachovchin,
Christine Fang, Graham Johnson, Costas Lyssiotis, and Adrian Ortiz.
David Horning, a member of the
entering class, won a highly competitive Hertz Foundation Fellowship, which aims
to support the graduate education of Americas most promising technical
Lindsey Macpherson received a
National Institutes of Health Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award.
Stuart Webb won a 3-year fellowship
from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders of the
National Institutes of Health.
Sherry Niessen won a 2-year Career
Development Award from the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
Katherine Marcucci won an American
Heart Association fellowship.
Noah Z. Burns and Scott T. Harrison
were honored for their research accomplishments at Roches 3rd annual graduate
research symposium, Excellence in Chemistry.
In 2006, Kellogg School student stipends
and tuition were supported by generous donations from individuals, foundations,
and corporationsincluding the Gustavus and Louise Pfeiffer Research Foundation,
the William and Sharon Bauce Family Foundation, the Fletcher Jones Foundation, the
ARCS Foundation, the Hertz Foundation, the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation,
the Koshland Foundation, the American Chemical Society, Novartis, the Gilula Memorial
Fund, the Andrea Elizabeth Vogt Memorial Fund, David and Ursula Fairchild, and Lesly
The Skaggs Oxford Scholarship Program,
a joint 5-year program of study at Scripps Research and Oxford University, continued
in 2006 thanks to generous support by supermarket and drugstore leader L.S. Skaggs
and his wife, Aline. The programs first student has now completed training
at Scripps Research and is in the process of moving to Oxford University, where
she will complete work for a joint Ph.D./D.Phil. degree.
In other program news, the Kellogg School
has begun the 3-year process of obtaining reaccreditation. Accreditation is a continuous
process of improvement and is divided into 3 stages: an institutional proposal,
a capacity and preparatory review, and an educational effectiveness review. Six
committees are providing input for the 3-year self-study process. (See http://www.scripps.edu/
for news and updates.)
In May, we celebrated the many accomplishments
of our students and the Kellogg School program at the institutes 14th commencement
ceremony, which honored 31 graduating students and two honorary degree recipients.
Hon. Alice Sullivan (Ret.), a former California Superior Court judge and founder
and chief executive officer of Private Judge, was honored for her role as former
chair and current member of the Scripps Research Board of Trustees. Alexander Dreyfoos,
a resident of West Palm Beach, Florida, who owns and directs the private capital
management firm, The Dreyfoos Group, was honored for his numerous scientific and
engineering accomplishments and for his service as a member of the Board of Trustees.
He and his wife, Renate, provided a generous gift of $1 million to the institute
At the ceremony, Judge Sullivan, whose
remarks emphasized the importance of keeping an open mind and welcoming the unexpected,
praised this years graduates. Today you are to be congratulated on your
tremendous accomplishments in the classroom and the laboratory, she said to
them. This is a day to enjoy the promise of success that awaits you because
of your intellect, your dedication, and your hard work. The trustees of Scripps
Research are immensely proud to know that you will carry the name and reputation
of The Scripps Research Institute wherever you go. . . you will honor us as we honor