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Scientific Report 2006

Society of Fellows

In its 44th year, the Society of Fellows took pride in maintaining its mission to serve the scientific community at Scripps Research, with particular emphasis on enhancing the trainee experience of junior scientists. We enjoyed a great year of bringing graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members together in both professional and social arenas.

Our Distinguished Lecturer Series brought several prominent scientists to lecture and, more importantly, to interact with junior scientists. The society is thankful to the speakers for their excellent presentations: Claire Fraser, Paul Nurse, and Stanley Plotkin.

The Society also sponsored a wide range of career development workshops and seminars, most notably several postdoctoral career events including Jorge Cham (The Power of Procrastination), Jean-luc Doumont (Making the Most of Your Presentation), and a grantwriting workshop lead by Luc Teyton. These events were sponsored in partnership with Ryan Wheeler, manager of the newly formed Office of Postdoctoral Services, which has greatly expanded our reach by providing help in organizing events. We acknowledge Ryan’s outstanding assistance and appreciate his commitment to fulfilling the society’s aims.

The Fall Research Symposium was organized to draw postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and faculty members together in an informal setting. The event, held in the Beckman Galleria, featured 52 poster presentations covering research projects from all departments.

With a generous contribution from our Human Resources department, we were able to initiate a postdoctoral tuition reimbursement program in the amount of $400 to each fellow. Thus far, the program has funded 15 postdoctoral scholars for professional development coursework. Typical courses included certificate programs like Drug Discovery and Regulatory Affairs held at the University of California, San Diego, Extension. Such formal coursework provided our postdoctoral candidates with an important resume booster and gave them a completive edge in an increasingly competitive job market.

This year’s social calendar was again packed with many entertaining events, including trips to the LA County Museum of Art and Universal Studios, a whale watching excursion, an historical tour of San Diego, and our annual Big Bear ski trip. Happy hours were held throughout the year to promote interaction among scientists at Scripps Research and those at nearby science institutions. This year’s Hawaiian-themed summer bash was held at Canes Bar and Grill. In addition, a sunset yacht cruise around San Diego Bay was enjoyed by all who attended. Other notable social events this year included a premier showing of the movie The DaVinci Code, a day at the Del Mar races, and a World Cup soccer tipping contest.

Finally, at the annual spring vendor show, the society played host to approximately 100 scientific vendors, who displayed their latest scientific equipment and technology.

The Society of Fellows executive committee expresses its sincere gratitude to the Office of the President and Postdoctoral Services at Scripps Research for enthusiastic and continued support of the society’s activities.

Executive Committee 2005-2006
Adam Mullick    President
Ralph Pantophlet Vice President
Florence Brunel    Treasurer
Kelly-Anne Purton    Social Chair
Anne Bellon    Social Co-Chair
Neil Hime      Distinguished Lecturer Series Chair

Reshma Jagasia/Justin Carlson

Career Development Committee Chairs
Tricia Burdo    Vendor Show Chair
Ryan Wheeler    Postdoctoral Services Office Liaison  
Anne Bunner/Jilla Sabeti    Network for Women in Science Liaisons
Ron Nepomuceno    Website Manager
Ben Croker  
Joerg Hinnerwisch   
George Nicola   
Vandana Ramachandran  
Chris Ramsey  
BinQing Wei  
Scott Westenberger  


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