Traffic Alert, Part Two
In addition to the previously announced construction project
between La Jolla and TSRI (see News&Views
June 30, 2003), traffic around TSRI will be affected by
the replacement of the 71-year-old bridge on North Torrey
Pines Road over Los Peñasquitos Creek. Two lanes should
remain open at all times during construction, which will begin
this fall and is scheduled to last about 18 months. The new
340-foot-long bridge will include bicycle lanes, a pedestrian
walkway on one side, bus turnouts, and access ramps leading
from the beach to the bridge. The bridge will be wide enough
for three lanes of traffic but will be limited to two under
California Coastal Commission restrictions.
New English-as-a-Second-Language Class to Begin
A new English-as-a-second-language class will begin Tuesday,
August 12. This class, taught by instructor Cassandra Wadkins,
will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM every Tuesday in the Immunology
Building West Conference Room. The price for three months
(12 classes) is $60. Each intermediate-level English class
is divided into speaking and listening, idioms and vocabulary,
and reading and writing. If you would like to improve your
English communication skills and your understanding of friends
and colleagues, movies, television shows, and the news, this
class is for you. The instructor uses movies, games, television
shows, grammar books, songs, drawing, and novels to teach
standard American English. Have fun and learn English at the
same time! For more information, leave a message at x4-2176.
Carpool to Work
A carpool sponsored by TSRI's Parking Services is now available
to employees. To register go to: http://www.scripps.edu/services/parking/carpool.htm.
Dental Plan Reminder
Benefits Administration would like to remind all participants
in the TSRI Dental Plan that they will receive the maximum
level of coverage when visiting a DeltaPreferred Dentist.
With a DeltaPreferred Dentist, routine exams and cleanings
are covered at 100% with no deductible. It is important to
verify that your dentist is still part of the DeltaPreferred
network before each visit as dentists can move in and out
of the network. If you visit a dentist who is contracted with
Delta but is not in the DeltaPreferred network, you will receive
80% coverage after a $50 deductible for routine exams and
cleanings. Coverage is also available through non-Delta dentists
although you may be responsible for more out-of-pocket expenses
when using this option. To find a DeltaPreferred Dentist,
visit www.deltadentalca.org or contact Benefits Administration
for a provider booklet. If you have any questions about your
dental coverage, you may contact the Benefits group at x48487
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, Serum Draws, and
On Monday, August 11, Wednesday, August 13, and Friday, August
15, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be
onsite to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations,
serum draws, and tetanus vaccinations. 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, and 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,
serum draws, and tetanus immunizations will be. To learn more
about these programs, see the Environmental Health & Safety
Occupational Medicine web page, which includes a map and patient
Look for Next News&Views August 25
The next issue of News&Views, which is published every
other week throughout the summer, will be posted by Monday,
August 25. The deadline for announcement and calendar submissions
is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.
Picnic Teams Ride on the Cutting Edge
This year's picnic team competitions included "sword fights"
on "horseback," true to the event's Renaissance theme. In
first-place was a team called The Chastity Belters, captained
by Frank von Delft; in second place was Team Blackadder, captained
by Gavin Jenkins; and in third place was The Gladiators, captained
by Adriane Mosley. Photo by Kevin Fung.
Betty Chastain Retires After 26 Years
Administrative Assistant Elizabeth "Betty"
Chastain (a.k.a. "Goddard") retired last month after 26 years
of service. "Working with Richard Ulevitch and his staff for
the last 19 years was the highlight of my career and a very
enriching growth period," she says. "Richard's support and
encouragement to be independent will serve me very well as
I move forward into my new career." Now a resident of Colorado
Springs, Colorado, Chastain notes, "I miss Scripps dearly.
[But] Colorado Springs is absolutely beautiful and a great
place to be. I've already found a quilt shop!" Photo
by BioMedical Graphics.