TSRI Postdoc Wins Damon Runyon Fellowship
Research Associate Jason W. Chin of the Schultz lab has been awarded a Damon
Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship, a three-year award made to outstanding young
scientists conducting theoretical and experimental research that is relevant
to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies,
and prevention. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards only
about 60 such fellowships each year from a pool of over 450 proposals. Chin's
project is entitled, "In vivo, site specific, photoreactive amino
acid incorporation: a new proteomics tool."
Traveling Safety Show to Come to TSRI
The TSRI Operational Safety Committee is once again hosting its annual
Traveling Safety Show. This year's show will be held on Wednesday January
23 from 9:30 am until noon in the Immunology galleria. A variety of vendors
will be present to display the latest in ergonomically sound laboratory
and office equipment and furniture, safety glasses, gloves, and much more.
Representatives from Environmental Health & Safety, Environmental Services,
and Human Resources will also be available to provide information on general
safety, work accident information, and new safety programs. 24 Hour Fitness
and Relief Unlimited will be providing membership information and massage
sign-ups. Lastly, Zenith Insurance and Sharp Rees Stealey will be available
for counseling on injury prevention and treatment. Refreshments and other
free goodies will be there for all attendees! For further information,
contact Tom Barmeyer, x4-2245.
Toastmasters Elect New Officers
Nominations for officers for the Scripps Outstanding Speakers (SOS) Toastmasters
for the six-month term beginning January, 2002 were held in November and
voted on in December. The results are as follows: president, Astrid Visser;
vice president, education, Andrea Starrett; vice president, membership,
Arul Joseph; vice president, public relations, Michelle Roberts; secretary,
Kathy Sterling; treasurer, Iris Ben-Efraim; co-sergeant-at-arms, Kathy
Spencer and Ali Alavizadeh; and immediate past president, Valerie Moreau.
The SOS Toastmaster club meets the first three Mondays of the month at
1 PM in the Ellen Browning Scripps Conference Room on the fourth floor
of the Beckman Building, across from the Kresge Library entrance. All
employees are welcome to attend and see how this organization can help
improve one's speaking and leadership skills in a supportive and fun atmosphere.
Feel free to contact any of the officers for more details.
Changes in Retirement Plan Delayed by State
Previously, it was announced that the federal government had passed the
Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 (EGTRRA), which
included changes in the law designed to allow employees to save more for
retirement. The law went into effect at the beginning of the year on the
Several states, California included, have not yet adopted this legislation,
conforming state tax law to these changes. The concern in California is
that these changes will adversely impact their revenues.
Assuming California does not comply with federal law before the end of
the year, increasing the benefits or making other changes to conform to
the new law could have catastrophic effects on TSRI's retirement planup
to and including plan disqualification for state purposes.
Therefore, TSRI has decided to delay implementation of the new EGTRRA
changes until such time that they have been adopted by the California
What this means to you is:
1. The Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan 403(b) maximum remains at 20 percent
of your income or $10,500.00 whichever is less.
2. No catch-up contributions will be allowed for participants age 50
3. No rollovers will be facilitated between plans of different internal
revenue codes i.e. 403(b), 401a) 457(b).
In the meantime, Human Resources will continue to keep you informed of
any progress towards the implementation of these new tax laws by the state.
Sewer Construction to Close Gilman Drive for 6 Months
Beginning on January 22, 2002, Southbound Gilman Drive between Villa La
Jolla and Interstate 5 will be closed by the City of San Diego in order
to facilitate the installation of a new 24-inch diameter sewer pipeline
to replace the existing 15-inch diameter pipeline, which was installed
Northbound traffic will not be affected, nor will bicycle access in either
direction. The closure will remain in effect for approximately 6 months.
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