Ernest Beutler Awarded E. Donnall Thomas Prize
The American Society of Hematology has awarded Ernest
Beutler, The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) chair of the
Molecular and Experimental Medicine Department, the E. Donnall
Thomas Lecture and Prize. Created in 1992 and named after
Nobel Prize laureate and past American Society President E.
Donnall Thomas, it is intended to recognize pioneering research
achievements in hematology. According to the society, Beutler
is "a highly respected hematologist who has spent more than
half a century in study and treatment of patients with blood
diseases... Throughout his research career, he has provided
numerous invaluable insights to the medical and scientific
Beutler's lecture, "Gaucher Disease: Multiple Lessons from
a Single Gene Disease," is scheduled for Monday, December
8, at 9:30 AM in Halls F-G in the San Diego Convention Center,
as part of the American
Society of Hematology 45th Annual Meeting and Exposition.
Ollmann Saphire Wins 2003 Sidhu Award
Assistant Professor Erica Ollmann Saphire, TSRI Class of '01,
has been selected for the 2003 Sidhu Award from the Pittsburgh
Diffraction Society for "the best contribution to crystallography
or diffraction" by an investigator who within the last
five years obtained a Ph.D. Previous awardees include crystallographers
David Sayre, Keith Hodgson, Thomas Baldwin, Sung-Hou Kim,
Ray Stevens, Doug Rees, and Greg Petsko.
Ollmann Saphire will receive the award and give a talk at
the 2003 Pittsburgh
Diffraction Conference, which will be held from October
30 to November 1.
Florida Press Covers Developments in TSRI Expansion
The Florida press continues to cover progress on plans for
TSRI to open a campus in Palm Beach County, Florida. For the
latest developments, see Palm Beach Post stories "Lawmakers
Approve Scripps Package" and "Giant
Biotch Deal Set" and the Sun-Sentinel story "Legislators
Approve $310 Million in Scripps Incentives."
SOF Awards Travel Scholarships
The SOF has awarded travel scholarships of $800 for first
prize and $200 for second prize for presentations given by
students or postdocs at its fall symposium October 17. Winners
- Structural Biology: William M. Shih of the Joyce lab
(first prize), David Shin of the Tainer lab.
- Cellular and Molecular Biology: Natalie L. Prigozhina
of the Waterman-Storer lab (first prize), Eric Schirmer
of the Gerace lab,
- Immunology and Microbiology: Lynn Hancock of the Perego
lab (first prize), Michael Franti of the Poignard lab.
- Chemistry: Alan Saghatelian of the Cravatt lab (first
prize), Alexander Deiters of the Schultz lab (second).
Benefits Administration to Hold Open Enrollment, Benefits
Benefits Administration will hold Open Enrollment via an online
system from Monday, November 3 through Friday, November 14.
Open Enrollment is the annual opportunity for participants
to make changes to their benefit selections and, if eligible,
enroll (or re-enroll) in Health Care and/or Dependent Care
Spending Accounts for the following calendar year. Instructions
on how to access the online system will be mailed to the homes
of all eligible participants by November 3. Kiosks will be
available in Human Resources for employees who DO NOT have
A Benefits Fair on Wednesday, November 5, from 10 AM to 1
PM in the Immunology Galleria will feature representatives
from each of the companies providing benefits, as well as
Human Resources staff. Refreshments will be served and a raffle
will be held. In addition, question and answer sessions with
Human Resources staff will be held in six TSRI buildings during
the Open Enrollment period. There will also be informational
sessions for the Health Care and Dependent Care Spending Accounts
and Long Term Care Insurance. A
calendar of Open Enrollment events is available online.
New English-as-a-Second-Language Class Begins
A new English-as-a-second-language class will begin Tuesday,
November 4. Instructor Cassandra Wadkin's class meets from
6:30 to 8:30 PM every Tuesday evening in the Immunology Building,
West Conference Room. The price for three months (12 classes)
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
as well as your understanding of your friends and colleagues,
movies, television shows, and the news, this class is for
you. Movies, games, television shows, grammar books, songs,
drawing and novels help teach standard American English. Have
fun and learn English at the same time! For more information,
please leave a message at x4-2176.
Free Flu Shots
TSRI will offer free flu shots to TSRI employees, research
associates, and graduate students on Wednesday, November 12
and Thursday, November 13, from 9 AM to 4 PM, 3377 N.Torrey
Pines Court, second floor, Room 205. Please bring a form of
identification. A map is
available online. For more information, call Benefits Administration,
Another Successful Symposium
The TSRI Society of Fellows fall symposium
last week featured keynote speakers and presentations by TSRI
postdocs and students. Here, Research Associates Phyllis Frosst,
president of the Society of Fellows, Andrew Sapphire, co-chair
of the symposium's Immunology Session, and Eric Schirmer,
one of the presenters, relax between sessions. Photo
by Jason S. Bardi.