Wriggers Awarded Sloan Foundation Fellowship
Willy Wriggers, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology
at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been awarded a Sloan Research
Fellowship in computational and evolutionary molecular biology from The
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The fellowships are awarded annually to recognize
and support young scientists and scholars in seven fields: chemistry,
computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics,
mathematics, neuroscience, and physics.
Wriggers directs the Laboratory of Structural Bioinformatics, which
models and simulates 3D structures of large sub-cellular biological machines.
Using modern information processing techniques, in concert with physics-based
simulation methods, the team combines structural data of biological machines
from a variety of biophysical sources. In particular, they investigate
the architecture, dynamics, and function of large-scale macromolecular
assemblies with low-resolution density data from electron microscopy.
Wriggers states that their work was made possible by the highly collaborative
environment at TSRI. "We appreciate the support of the nominating Molecular
Biology Department and of our friends and collaborators [Professors] Charles
Brooks and Ronald Milligan," Wriggers says. "[They] all have provided
much encouragement throughout the years to bridge scientific disciplines
and departmental boundaries."
Zuniga Wins PEW Fellowship and Belgian Government Prize
TSRI Research Associate Elina Zuniga, who received her Ph.D. from
the University of Cordoba, Argentina, has been named recipient of two
prizes. First, she obtained a competitive PEW Latin American Fellowship
to receive postdoctoral training in the laboratory of TSRI Professor Michael
Oldstone. This award provides two years of postdoctoral support and a
third year of faculty support upon her return to Argentina. Second, she
will receive the Development Co-operation Prize from the Belgian government.
The award is given to a young researcher who contributes significantly
to knowledge that can be applied to alleviate disease and poverty in developing
countries. Zuniga, who will receive the award in Belgium on May 11, was
named for her work on the immunobiology of Trypasnosoma infection.
At TSRI, she is working on understanding the molecular mechanism(s) involved
in virus-induced immunosuppression.
Security Guard Karl Thorpe: Faster and Faster
Sixty-four-year-old Security Guard Karl Thorpe is now one of the nation's
top-ten 100-meter and 200-meter sprinters in his age group. On February
22, Thorpe competed in the Palm Desert Senior Games in Palm Springs, California.
There, he won gold medals in the 50-meter and 100-meter sprints and a
silver medal in the 200-meter. Thorpe plans to begin competing about once
a month to stay on top of his game. "I'm amazing myself," says Thorpe,
"I'm going to ride this thing as long as I can."
Deuel to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
TSRI Professor Thomas F. Deuel will speak on "Cytokine Cascades: Pathways
to Functional Diversity in Growth Differentiation and Neoplastic Transformation",
as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 12. The lecture
will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666
North Torrey Pines Road.
Personal Skills for Life and Work: "Boundaries, Part 2"
Jan Hill and Jeff Jones of the Employee and Graduate Student Counseling
Department will present "Boundaries: Part 2" on Wednesday, March 19, from
noon to 1 PM. Topics will include respectful communication, how to balance
needs (yours and others), and challenges in boundary setting. The seminar
will be held in Suite 205, Second Floor Training Room, 3377 North Torrey
Pines Court Building. For additional information, contact Hill at x4-2950.
Gluck Child Care Center Is Accepting Kindergarten Applications
The Maxwell H. & Muriel Gluck Child Care Center, an institution affiliated
with TSRI and located at 10660 John Jay Hopkins Drive, is accepting applications
for the 2003-04 school year kindergarten program. Features of the program
include: o A small class size of 12 children; o Individualized instruction;
o A stimulating learning environment; o A weekly Spanish program; o Strong
programs in math, science, language arts, and reading; o Creative arts,
music, drama, and physical education; o A teacher who has a degree and
10 years of teaching experience; o Care from 6:45 AM to 6:45 PM; o Limited
Call (858) 455-5220 for details on fall enrollment.
Benefits at a Glance: Mental Health Plan
Benefits Administration would like to remind all Medical Plan Participants
of the mental health benefit through United Behavioral Health (UBH). Participants
are covered for up to 40 outpatient visits per year. Outpatient visits
to an in-network provider require a pre-authorization through UBH. Once
the authorization is obtained, employees and covered dependents only pay
a $20 co-payment per visit. Authorized in-network visits for TSRI Graduate
Students and their dependents are covered in full. Outpatient visits to
a non-network provider do not require pre-authorization and are covered
at 50 percent of the usual and customary rate. Inpatient services including
psychiatric and chemical dependency treatment are also covered and require
a pre-authorization through UBH. For further details or for help with
a claims issue, you may contact UBH at (800) 888-2998, Human Resources
at 784-8487 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Employee and Graduate Student
Counseling Services at 784-2950.
Rescheduled: How to Save for College 101
Have you ever wondered how you will save enough for the cost of a college
education for your children or even yourself? While the costs of college
may seem overwhelming, GoldenState ScholarshareCalifornia's 529
College Savings Programis an easy, flexible way to save for higher
education while enjoying tax advantages. The information session with
a TIAA-CREF Scholarshare representative has been rescheduled to Tuesday,
March 11 in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Center from 1 to 2 PM. For
more information, contact Benefits Administration, x4-8487.
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