Chang Wins Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award
The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation has awarded TSRI
Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Geoffrey Chang a Young
Investigator Award, which provides research support to promising
young faculty members in the early stages of their academic
careers in the chemical and life sciences. The foundations
Young Investigator program fosters the invention of methods,
instruments, and materials that will open up new avenues of
research in science.
Chang is using cutting-edge technology in an attempt determine
the structure of the biological mechanisms that are the primary
cause of bacterial multi-drug resistance. Known as membrane
protein pumps, these transporters, which are embedded in cell
membranes, "pump" viable drugs out of and away from the cell
before they get a chance to have any effect. "We actually
have very good drugs to fight cancer and to kill bacteria,"
says Chang, "[but] they cant always get in the cells
Fish Awarded NARSD Young Investigator Grant
Neuropharmacology Research Associate Kenneth Fish has
been awarded a Young Investigator grant from the National
Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSD),
the largest non-governmental organization funding brain research
worldwide. Fishs project was selected from among hundreds
of research proposals.
Fish is studying a mutation of a gene called reelin that
causes a disorganization in the formation of important brain
structures and a migration of neurons in the developing brain.
This work may help further our understanding of schizophrenia.
Easter Cookies and More For Sale at April 10 Craft Faire
TSRI employees and their families will sell some of their
creations at the Second Annual Craft Faire on Tuesday, April
10, from noon until 3 PM in the Immunology Galleria. Handmade
Easter baskets, jewelry, pottery, soap, gourds, quilts, Easter
cookies, chocolates, and copies of TSRI Administrative Assistant
Barbara Fields novel "The Deeper, The Bluer" will be
"Don't fill your children's Easter baskets until you have
seen all the goodies," says Bonnie Towle of Immunology, who
helps to organize the event. "It's worth coming to take a
look around, just to see all the talent here at TSRI. Now,
with the shuttle
running every half hour, there is no reason not to come on
your lunch hour even if you work on the other side of campus.
Plus, the shuttle can transport all of your purchases afterwards!"
Course on Developing Capable Young People
If there is enough interest among employees, TSRI will
offer a four-week course, "Developing Capable Young People."
The sessions will focus on how to give young people a sense
of being capable and significant, as well how to help them
develop self-discipline. There is a minimum of eight participants
and a maximum of 15. The instructor is Linda Watson. Sessions
will be held on Thursdays, noon to 1:00 PM, from April 19
to May 10 in the Administrative Building, 3301 North Torrey
Pines Court, P1 Conference Room. The cost is $50 per person
(including video and workbook). For more information or to
let Jan Hill or Melanie Brittle know that you are interested,
call x4-2950 or x4-2935.
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, April 16, Wednesday, April 18, and Friday,
April 20, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will
be on-site to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations,
and serum draws. The clinics will be conducted at the Administrative
Offices (3301 North Torrey Pines Court) on the P1 level from
11 AM to 2 PM. No appointments are necessary.
TB screening requires a 48 to 72 hour follow-up. Individuals
receiving the TB screen on Monday will need to return on Wednesday;
individuals screened on Wednesday, will need to return on
Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be
available on Friday, but Hepatitis B immunization and serum
draws will be. To learn more about these programs, see the
Human Resources Occupational Medicine web page http://www.scripps.edu/hr/benefits/occmed,
which includes a map and patient information sheets.