"Fast Breaking" Paper from the Cravatt Lab
According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) Essential
Science Indicators, December's "fast breaking" paper in pharmacology and
toxicology was published by TSRI scientists. The paper, "Supersensitivity
to anandamide and enhanced endogenous cannabinoid signaling in mice lacking
fatty acid amide hydrolase" by B.F. Cravatt, K. Demarest, M. P. Patricell,
M. H. Bracey, D. K. Giang, B. R. Marti, and A. H. Lichtman, was published
in the journal Procedings of National Academy of Sciences on July
31, 2001. According to the web site, fast breaking papers have "the largest
percentage increase in citations in their respective fields from one bimonthly
update to the next... [representing] very recent scientific contributions
that are just beginning to attract the attention of the scientific community."
See ISI's Fast
Breaking Papers web page.
Holiday Dinner in the Cafeteria
Yung's Catering invites TSRI faculty, staff, and students to a holiday
dinner in the cafeteria on Friday, December 20 at 6 PM. "Everyone who
is in town through the holidays is invitedsingle, married, it doesn't
matter," says Andrew Shih. "It's our way of our showing appreciation to
all the wonderful people here."
New Year Brings Change in Health Care Administrator
Effective January 1, 2003, the medical plans claims administrator for
TSRI will change from Coresource to Principal. An information package
describing the change will be mailed shortly to the homes of medical plan
participants. "This change does not affect the specific medical benefits
participants receive," says Human Resources Manager Ellen Anderson. "It
will streamline what is going on behind the scenes and make the process
of claims payments simpler for our employees and their dependents." For
more information, contact Benefits Administration, x4-8487 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yung's Café Joins Cafeteria
As of the new year, Yung's Café will be incorporated into the main
cafeteria. The last day for the separate facility in 3366 N. Torrey Pines
Court will be Friday, December 20. The most popular menu choices from
the cafeKorean rice bowl on Mondays, teriyaki chicken on Wednesdays,
and California rolls or tempura udon on Thursdayswill be offered
at the main cafeteria, 3300 North Torrey Pines Court.
Don't Forget Tuition Reimbursement Requests
Benefits Administration would like to remind employees that tuition reimbursement
requests for courses completed during the 2002 calendar year must be received
in Human Resources by January 31, 2003 at 5 PM. TSRI will be increasing
the reimbursable amount to $2,500 for courses completed in the year 2003.
Please contact Jan-Michael Silbaugh, x4-9212, with any questions regarding
tuition reimbursement policy.
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, January 6, Wednesday, January 8, and Friday, January 10, 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 that includes a map and
patient information sheets.
News&Views Breaks for the Holidays
News&Views is breaking for the holidays. Regular weekly publication
will resume on Monday, January 13. The deadline for announcement and calendar
submissions is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.
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Fresh Art on the Menu
Research Associate Ryan Burnett of the Gottesfeld lab recently hung a
series of photos he shot in Ethiopia in the TSRI cafeteria. Other TSRI
employees currently displaying work there include: Jason Bardi, Bruce
Cunningham, Kevin Fung, Tom Gatz, Janet Hightower, Alexander Nussbaum,
and Malcolm Wood. Photo by Kevin Fung.
Sending the Spirit of the Season to Seniors
Volunteers assembled holiday baskets for seniors in the TSRI Administrative
Building as part of the ScrippsAssists Senior Basket Project, organized
in conjunction with the Downtown Senior Community Center. "Thanks to Environmental
Services for their large donation, the Receiving Department for moving
all our boxes, and all the terrific people who made this project a success,"
said Helen Plutner (left) of ScrippsAssists. Photo by