Lerner Receives Honorary Degree from Ben-Gurion
TSRI President Richard A. Lerner, who is Lita Annenberg Hazen
Professor of Immunochemistry and Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
Chair in Chemistry, received an honorary doctorate degree
from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel,
on June 3.
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.
Jessani Wins California Breast Cancer Fellowship
Graduate student Nadim Jessani of the Cravatt lab has won
a California Breast Cancer Research Program fellowship for
a proposal entitled, "Activity Based Profiling of Breast Cancer
Xenografts." The California Breast Cancer Research Program
funds work that is innovative, complementary to research funded
by other agencies, and responsive to the concerns of the breast
cancer constituency in California. Jessani's research focuses
on applying chemical probes developed in the lab to monitor
protein activity in complex biological samples, in this case
to distinguish tumor enzyme activities expressed by cancer
cells from those from the surrounding host tissue.
Call for 2003 Scientific Report Cover Art
The Office of Communications is now accepting submissions
for artwork for the 2003 Scientific Report covers.
Artwork is needed for the front, the inside front, and the
inside back covers. Submissionswhich should consist
of a print (such as a Fuji color print) of the artwork plus
a description of what it is, and whose lab the work was done
inare due Friday, August 8 and should be sent to Jann
Coury, TCP-20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! TSRI Picnic Will Be July 25
Ready to go back in time? This year's TSRI picnic will feature
a Renaissance theme, including a medieval feast, court jester,
magician, and jousting in full steel armor. Save the dateFriday,
July 25, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. For more information, visit
picnic web site.
Lunch and Learn: "Smart Cycling"
Kathy Keehan, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle
Coalition, will speak on "Smart Cycling: The Big Questions"
on Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 1 PM as part of the ongoing
Lunch and Learn seminar series. Questions to be addressed
include: Why bike commute? What about safety? What kind of
stuff do I need? What route do I take? Where can I get more
information? The presentation will be held in the W.M. Keck
Amphitheater, Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. No reservations
are necessary. Contact Jan Hill, x4-2950, with any questions.
Don't Miss the Eighth Annual TSRI Golf Tournament
Join TSRI's 8th Annual Golf Tournament at 1 PM on Thursday,
August 14. The tournament, to be held at the Carlton Oaks
Golf & Country Club in Santee, will offer trophies and prizes
to the top teams, doormats (last place), closest to the pin,
and longest drive. The tournament consists of a four-person
scramble, with only 144 spots available upon a first paid,
first play basis.
Each team must be comprised of at least two Scripps employees.
If the event becomes overbooked, preference will be given
to Scripps employees. However, in years past, family and friends
were accommodated when possible.
To request a registration form, please contact Jennifer Carr,
x4-2909 or email email@example.com,
and be sure to include your extension and mail code. Registration
forms should be returned, with a check for $60 per person
payable (in full) to TSRI, no later than Friday, July 18.
Please submit only one registration form per team. You are
welcome to form your own team, but it is not required in order
Look for Next News&Views June 30
The next issue of News&Views, which is published every
other week throughout the summer, will be posted by Monday,
June 30. The deadline for announcement and calendar submissions
is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.