Cravatt Wins ACS Eli Lilly Award
The Scripps Research Institute's Professor Benjamin Cravatt
III, of the Department of Cell Biology, Department of Chemistry,
and Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, has won this year's
Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry, administered by the
American Chemical Society, for his contributions to biochemistry
Cravatt, who received a B.S. (biological sciences) and B.A.
(history) from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from Scripps
Research's Kellogg School of Science and Technology, studies
the action and regulation of chemical messengers. In particular,
he has investigated the fatty acid amides, which mediate physiological
phenomena like pain sensation, sleep, and thermoregulation.
Cravatt also designs and uses chemical probes for activity-based
proteomics, the global analysis of protein function.
Ding Awarded Grant from Michael J. Fox Foundation
Scripps Research Assistant Professor Sheng Ding has been awarded
a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's
Research for his project, "Small Molecules that Promote Regeneration
of Dopaminergic Neurons from Human Neural Stem Cells." Ding's
project is one of 11 funded this year.
"Each grant recipient was chosen because [his/her] study
promises to dissect a different signal that instructs or maintains
a brain circuit, says Deborah W. Brooks, executive director
of the Michael J. Fox Foundation. "If successful, each project
will supply a different piece of the puzzle, helping us translate
these findings into meaningful patient therapies."
O'Malley Wins Hertz and NDSEG Fellowships
Daniel O'Malley, a second-year graduate student in the Baran
lab who is investigating a practical approach to a class of
marine alkaloid natural products, has won two fellowshipsthe
Hertz Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering
The prestigious Hertz Fellowship is a highly competitive
award designed to "support the graduate education of America's
most promising technical talent... who can be expected to
have the greatest impact on the application of the physical
sciences to human problems during the next half-century."
The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
is awarded by the Department of Defense to "individuals who
have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced
training in science and engineering."
Lunch and Learn: "Time Management for Scientists"
Scripps Research clinical psychologist Jeff Jones will present
"Time Management for Scientists" on Wednesday, July 21, 2004,
from noon to 1 PM, as part of the ongoing Lunch and Learn
seminar series. Topics to be covered include:
- Defining goals and setting priorities, o Perfectionism
and procrastinationcosts and benefits,
- Taking control of your time: managing commitments and
- Balancing work and family.
The event, arranged by the Counseling and Postdoctoral Services
Department, will be held in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater, The
Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. No reservations are
"Smile": Enter the Picnic Photo Contest
News&Views and the Scripps Research Picnic Committee
are sponsoring a photo contest of pictures from the institute
picnic on Friday July 16, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. The picnicTSRI
Street Scene 2004will be held in the back parking lot
of the CIMBio Building and will feature a Battle-of-the-Bands
contest, face painting, carnival booths, palm readers, popcorn,
pretzels, a 25-foot slide, a make-and-take hat booth, a Graffiti
Board, and competitions including The Ninja Attack.
Bring your own camera or use one of the two dozen one-use
cameras to be given away at the gate. The winning photo will
be published in News&Views and the photographer will
receive a $25 gift certificate to California Pizza Kitchen.
For more information about the event's attractions and ticket
sales (tickets are not sold at the gate), see the Picnic
Plan for a Your Financial Future
Human Resources would like to remind Scripps Research employees
that the sixth Annual Financial Awareness Week starts Monday,
July 12 and runs through Friday, July16. The week's presentations
are aimed at both those starting to plan for a successful
financial future and those who are nearing retirement. Representatives
from various financial and other retirement organizations
will be conducting the presentations to point participants
towards financial success. Refreshments will be served and
prizes raffled at each presentation. For further information,
go to the Financial
Awareness Week web page.
Look for Next News&Views July 19
The next issue of News&Views will be published by Monday,
July 19. The deadline for announcement and calendar submissions
is Wednesday at noon for the following week's publication.
Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu
Ruth Stewart Retires
After 20 years of service, Ruth Stewart, administrative assistant
who worked most recently for the Office of Technology Development,
is retiring Friday, July 9. "I have enjoyed working with all
the dedicated people at TSRI, and I offer my sincere thanks
and best wishes to everyone," she says. Her plans include
visiting with her friends and family, who include four sons
and three grandchildren (with two more on the way), travel
to Hawaii and South Africa, home improvement projects, walks
on the beach, and maybe even golf lessons.