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Scientific Report 2007

Society of Fellows

In its 45th 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 Nobel Laureates to lecture and, more importantly, to interact with postdoctoral scholars. The society is thankful to the speakers, Sydney Brenner and Andrew Fire, for their excellent presentations.

The society also sponsored a wide range of career development workshops and seminars, most notably several postdoctoral career events. Events included a San Diego lab management course for senior postdoctorl scholars and junior faculty, talks by an industry career panel, a nonindustry career panel, and an etiquette workshop and reception for postdoctoral scholars. These events were sponsored in partnership with Ryan Wheeler, manager of the 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 72 poster and oral presentations covering research projects from all departments.

This year's social calendar was again packed with many entertaining events, including trips to the opera (Don Giovanni in Orange County), a camping trip on Catalina island, and our annual Big Bear ski trip. Monthly happy hours were held to promote interaction among scientists at Scripps Research and at nearby science institutions. This year's summer bash was held at the Hilton Torrey Pines in La Jolla. In addition, our Halloween yacht party was a memorable event with a cruise around San Diego Bay. Other notable social events this year included a day at the Del Mar races, a hockey night at Anaheim, and a spring party at Rock Bottom. The society also sponsored a play by the Scripps Research drama group called the Mobility Pond; the play was very well attended and enjoyed by all. We have also launched our first quarterly newsletter, which will keep the scientific community at Scripps Research abreast of all the society's events.

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 2006-2007
Vandana Ramachandran President
George Nicola Vice President
Olivier Harismendy Treasurer
Stephan Meister Social Cochair
Althea Capul Social Cochair
Kaustav Datta Distinguished Lecturer Series Chair

BinQing Wei

Career Development Committee Cochair
Steve Johnson Career Development Committee Cochair
Florence Brunel Vendor Show Cochair
Anne Bellon Vendor Show Cochair
Roshni Mitra Chintalapati Newsletter Editor
Ryan Wheeler Postdoctoral Services Office Liaison
Jilla Sabeti Network for Women in Science Liaison
Anne Bunner/Jilla Sabeti    Network for Women in Science Liaisons
BinQing Wei Website Comanager
George Nicola Website Comanager
Gunnar Poplawski Graduate Liaison
Geza Ambrus-Aikelin Ralph Pantophlet
Michael Huber Chris Ramsey
Tina Marie-Mullen Scott Westenberger
Lars Pache  
Chris Ramsey  


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