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Scientific Report 2008

Society of Fellows

The Society of Fellows is the oldest existing postdoctoral association in the nation. For its 46th year, the Society held to its mission of fostering scientific and social interaction among the Scripps Research community with an emphasis on improving the postdoctoral experience at Scripps.

The Distinguished Lecturer Series has continued to invite the world's most successful senior researchers to share their career path and scientific experience with junior scientists. This year we were honored to host Randy Schekman (2002 Lasker awardee) from the University of California, Berkeley, and Joe Goldstein (1985 Nobel Prize winner for Physiology or Medicine) from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

The Fall Research Symposium is the only scientific meeting held at Scripps Research that gathers researchers from all scientific areas (chemistry, structural biology, immunology, experimental medicine, neurobiology, cell and molecular biology). Reserved for the presentation of unpublished work from postdoctoral researchers, the 2007 edition was one of the most successful ever. More than 80 abstracts were submitted, and 12 of them were selected for oral presentation. This day brought together postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and graduate students in an informal setting that offered a unique opportunity to learn about the latest and most exciting work at Scripps Research.

In collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Services at Scripps Research and offices from the Salk Institute and the University of California, San Diego, the Society of Fellows contributed to the organization of the Lab Management Course held at the Salk Institute. More than 100 postdoctoral scientists and young faculty received training to help them lead innovative and productive research programs. The society also hosted a series of seminars on funding and grant application, with speakers from major institutions, such as the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and experienced researchers who gave tips about the application and review process. The Society of Fellows and the Office of Postdoctoral Services also teamed up to offer several other professional development events in the past year, including an academic job search seminar in the fall, a Career Adventures Beyond the Bench panel in the winter, and a panel on high school and community college teaching careers for Ph.D.s in the spring.

This year also marked the establishment of links with the postdoctoral community at Scripps Florida. With the help of the Office of Postdoctoral Services, we are advising postdoctoral researchers at Scripps Florida on how to start their own association, have offered travel awards for the 2008 symposium, and will be sponsoring the first speaker for their Distinguished Lecturer Series.

The Society also organized numerous popular social events to bring together scientists and staff outside of their laboratories: monthly happy hours held on campus; the traditional Halloween party, which took place on a boat cruising San Diego Bay; the annual summer bash at Canes Bar and Grill in Mission Beach; and the ski trip to Big Bear mountain resort. All these events are renewed annually by popular demand and undoubtedly strengthen the links between members of the Scripps Research community. To diversify the attendance at our events, we also sponsored and organized a wine tasting outing, a fishing trip to the Coronado Islands, and a night at the Del Mar race track. Once again, we renewed our financial support of the Mobility Pond, the Scripps Research drama group. Their brilliant performance brought crowds to the Committee Lecture Hall and was followed by a well-attended reception.

Finally, the vendor show was organized in May as our annual fundraiser. It was again a resounding success, bringing more than 100 vendors on the campus to showcase their latest technologies and services.

The executive committee of the Society of Fellows expresses its sincere gratitude to the Office of the President and the Office of Postdoctoral Services at Scripps Research for their enthusiastic and continued support of the society's activities.

Executive Committee 2006-2007
Olivier Harismendy President
Julie Pilotte Vice President
Lars Pache Vice President (November—June)
Peter Haberz Treasurer
Scott J. Westenberger Career Development Committee Chair
Kaustuv Datta Distinguished Lecturer Series Chair
Stephan Meister Social Committee Cochair
Althea Capul Social Committee Cochair

Neekesh Dharia

Web Site Manager
Florence Brunel Vendor Show Chair
Larissa Krasnova Newsletter Editor
Ryan Wheeler Postdoctoral Services Office Liaison
Leah Shriver Network for Women in Science Liaison
Geza Ambrus-Aikelin Dianna Maar
Namandje Bumpus Charles Melancon
Joao Dias Tina Marie Mullen
Michael Huber Ralph Pantophlet
Steve Johnson Jilla Sabeti


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