Joyce Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Gerald F. Joyce, professor in the Departments of Molecular
Biology and Chemistry and investigator of The Skaggs Institute
for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI),
has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. The
only researcher from San Diego elected to membership this
year, Joyce is one of 72 new members and associates named
in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements
to original research. Election to membership in the
academy is considered one of the highest honors that can be
conferred on a U.S. scientist or engineer. The election was
held last week during the academys 138th annual meeting.
Joyces research involves the test-tube evolution of
nucleic aids and the application of these methods to the development
of RNA and DNA molecules with novel functional properties.
These studies offer a window on the earliest biology on the
planet by exploring the questions of how enzymes arose and
how early evolution occurred.
He regularly evolves ribozymes, and, a few years ago, he
created the first-ever DNA oligonucleotide that has enzymatic
activity. Some of the molecules he works with have practical
clinical value, says Joyce, "because sometimes we ask the
molecules to do something that might have therapeutic benefit."
Joyce received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in
1978 and both an M.D. and Ph.D. from the University of California,
San Diego, in 1984. He joined the faculty of TSRI in 1989,
and in 1996 became a full professor and an investigator in
The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology.
Gascoigne to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
Immunology Associate Professor Nicholas Gascoigne will
speak on "FRETting About T Cell Activation: Real-Time Visualization
of Cell Surface Intermolecular Dynamics and Interactions"
as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 9,
at 5 PM. The lecture will be held in the Scripps Clinic Amphitheater.
A reception will follow in the Immunology Building.
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To learn more about these and other tips, sign up for the
Mail Merge class scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, from 8:30
to 11:30 AM.
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or e-mail Training@scripps.edu.
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, May 14, Wednesday, May 16, and Friday, May
18, 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.