Lerner Receives Honorary Degree From Northwestern
Richard Lerner, president of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), received
the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Northwestern University
on June 21. Northwestern awards honorary degrees to those judged to have
made exceptional contributions to fields valued by the university.
Lerner's 30-year scientific career encompasses a broad scope of seemingly
disparate activities in biomedical research, ranging from insights into
protein structure to identification of a sleep-inducing lipid.
His most recent work, and that for which he is perhaps best known, involves
groundbreaking discoveries of converting antibodies into enzymes, permitting
the catalysis of chemical reactions considered impossible to achieve by
classical chemical procedures. The work has resulted in the possibility
of producing antibodies overnight for obtaining an almost limitless variety
of products beyond natural ones with an efficiency that may exceed that
of natural enzymes.
You Can Take This to the Bank: Financial Awareness Week Begins July
Human Resources is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Financial
Awareness Week from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19. Representatives
from various financial and retirement organizations will be conducting
presentations designed to point you in the right direction towards financial
successwhether you are just starting to plan for a successful financial
future or are nearing retirement. Refreshments will be served and raffles
will be held at each presentation.
Also, don't miss out on an opportunity to sit down one-on-one with a
representative from either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity. The individual consultations
can help answer questions concerning your retirement, such as how many
funds should you invest in, and personal savings issues, such as buying
a home. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance.
For more information, see the Financial
Awareness Week web page.
Good News for New Mothers
TSRI has opened a new lactation room on campus in the Immunology Building.
The newly painted and carpeted room is located on the ground floor, off
the women's bathroom. The room has private space for two mothers, including
comfortable, easy-to-clean leather chairs, electrical outlets, and other
necessary supplies. If you are interested in learning more about the lactation
room please contact Kayoko Lindenberger, Benefits Representative at 4-8501
New Officers at Toaster's Club
Scripps Outstanding Speakers (SOS) Toastmaster's Club recently held elections
for the next term of officers for July through December. The new officers
are: Valerie Moreau, President; Dave Tabb, V.P. Education; Gina Salazar,
Secretary; Michelle Roberts, V.P. Membership; Tina Dostalek, V.P. Public
Relations; and Arkadius Pichota, Sergeant-at-Arms. Iris Ben-Efraim remains
as Treasurer for the club and Astrid Visser is the Immediate Past President.
For those of you not familiar with SOS Toastmasters, the club was formed
in 1999 by a group of employees who were interested in improving their
speaking and leadership skills by following the guidelines of Toastmasters
International. Foreign scholars for which English is not their first language
find SOS Toastmasters a good place to practice speaking English, and the
international flavor of the members makes the meetings fun and informative.
All employees are welcome to attend the meetings, which are held in the
third floor Beckman Conference room the first three Tuesdays of the month,
12:15 to 1:15PM. Feel free to contact any officer for more information.
TSRI Picnic, "Survivor" style
The 2002 TSRI Picnic, entitled "Survivor - Rooftop Island," will be held
from 3:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, July 19, on the roof of the Immunology
Building. Gather with your friends and colleagues to celebrate the summer,
eat delicious food, enjoy live music, enter the raffles, and relax.
Some may choose not to relax, however. The theme of the TSRI picnic
this year is based on the hit TV show, "Survivor." Picnic attendees will
be invited to form and join teams-or tribes-and compete for the grand
prize. An obstacle course, stilts, and jousting will be among team challenges
for contestants. And one lucky winner will win over one ten thousandth
of ONE MILLION DOLLARS!!!
All TSRI employees are invited to attend with guests, and tickets to
the event will be sold from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on July 8 through July 17
in the lobbies of the Immunology and the Molecular Biology buildings,
and from July 15 to July 17 in the lobbies of the Beckman and CVN buildings.
They will also be sold from 1 to 2 PM on July 12 in the lobby of the ICND
building. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.
This year's picnic features much children's entertainment, including
professional entertainers, a science booth, a giant slide, a moon bounce,
and other fun. Children will also be treated to such delectables as fudge
brownies and lemon bars. Adults, naturally, can also participate in the
dessert course. For more information, see the picnic page: http://www.scripps.edu/services/picnic2002.
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, July 8, Wednesday, July 10, and Friday, July 12, 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 Environmental
Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page, which includes a map and
patient information sheets.
Look for Next News&Views July 15
The next issue of News&Views, which is published every other week throughout
the summer, will be posted by Monday, July 15. The deadline for announcement
and calendar submissions is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's
Go back to News & Views Index
What do These People Have in Common?
All members of the National Academy of Sciences, several
TSRI researchers pose for a picture after a reception last week in honor
of the 2002 inductees, investigators Francis V. Chisari and Chi-Huey Wong.
Pictured here (left to right) are Gerald F. Joyce, Chisari, Ernest Beutler,
Paul Schimmel, Wong, Bernard M. Babior, and Albert Eschenmoser. Not shown
are National Academy of Sciences members Floyd E. Bloom, Gerald M. Edelman,
Richard Lerner, K.C. Nicolaou, Julius Rebek, Jr., Peter Schultz, K. Barry
Sharpless, and Peter K. Vogt. Photo by Jason Bardi.