"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.
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
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 Kevin Fung.