Symposium to Honor Professor K. Barry Sharpless
A symposium on Friday, February 16 will honor Professor K.
Barry Sharpless on the occasion of his 60th birthday. The
event will feature:
- "Introduction" by Professor K.C. Nicolaou, TSRI,;
- "The Vancomycin Family of Antibiotics: How Does Nature
Assemble Them?" by Professor Christopher T. Walsh, Harvard
Medical School (chairperson: Assistant Professor Floyd Romesberg,
- "Asymmetric Catalysis of Metallosalen Complexes" by Professor
Tsutomu Katsuki, Kyushu University, Japan (chairperson:
Assistant Professor Erik Sorensen, TSRI);
- "Functional Synthetic Analogues of Cytochrome C Oxidase"
by Professor James P. Collman, Stanford University (chairperson:
Associate Professor M.G. Finn, TSRI);
- "Stitching with Nitrogen" by Professor K. Barry Sharpless,
TSRI, (chairperson: Associate Professor M.G. Finn, TSRI).
The event will be held in the Valerie Timpken Amphitheater
in the Green Hospital Building, 10666 N. Torrey Pines Road.
A reception will follow in The Arnold & Mabel Beckman Center
Atrium. No registration is required.
Sharpless Wins Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Professor K. Barry
Sharpless has won the 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Chemistry
from The Franklin Institute. Sharpless was cited by the institute
for innovative contributions to the development of broadly
useful and commercially viable catalytic oxidation chemistry
for the selective production of bioactive molecules with the
proper right or left 'handedness' which allows for the manufacture
of safer and more effective drugs and agricultural chemicals.
Winners of this year's awards from The Franklin Institute,
which has recognized breakthroughs in science and technology
since 1824, will be honored at a ceremony in April hosted
by ABC News Anchor Cokie Roberts.
Professor Neil Cooper Retires
Neil R. Cooper recently retired from TSRI after more than
34 years at the institute. He arrived in 1966 as research
associate in the Department of Experimental Pathology and
retired in December, a full professor in the Department of
Immunology, where he is now an emeritus professor.
A graduate of Yale University and Yale Medical School, Cooper
was an investigator in microbiology for the Howard Hughes
Medical Institute at the University of Miami and a captain
with the United States Army Reserves at Walter Reed Army Institute
of Research in Washington, D.C., before coming to TSRI.
Cooper is a member of several professional organizations
and the recipient of numerous awards and honors in his field.
In addition to serving on many advisory committees during
his career at TSRI, Cooper had a vigorous program of research,
including, most recently, investigating the role of inflammatory
processes in Alzheimer's disease and B-cell apoptosis triggered
by antigen receptor ligation.
TSRI Board Member Named Director of the Year
TSRI Board Member Charles C. Edwards, president and CEO of
Scripps Institutions of Medicine and Science, has been named
Director of the Year for Lifetime Achievement in Corporate
Governance by the Corporate Directors Forum. According to
Larry Stambaugh, chairman of the board of the Corporate Directors
Forum, the award is bestowed on individuals with "the highest
standards of corporate governance and leadership." In addition
to overseeing the merger of Scripps facilities, Edwards, a
Mayo Clinic-trained surgeon, has been a director of several
corporations and has served as assistant secretary for health
in the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare and
commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration.
TSRI High School Scholar Wins Scholarship from BioCom
Ruggero Carloz, who participated in TSRI's High School Student
Summer Research Apprenticeship Program, has been awarded a
scholarship from BIOCOM/San Diego, a regional association
for biotechnology, medical device, and bio-agriculture companies.
Carloz interned in the lab of Professor Charles Shevlin during
the summer of 1998. After graduating from Hoover High in 1999,
he enrolled in San Diego City College with plans to transfer
to the University of California, San Diego after two years.
Of 109 applicants, Carloz was one of five chosen to receive
Toastmasters Officers Inaugurate New Term
New officers have been elected to the SOS (Scripps Outstanding
Speakers) Toastmasters group for the term beginning January
2001. They are: Valerie Moreau, president; Astrid Visser,
vice president, education; Kazu Kato, vice president, public
relations; Michelle Roberts, vice president, membership; Dave
Tabb, secretary; Rene Salazar, treasurer; Kathy Sterling and
Vijay Reddy, co-sergeant-of-arms. Binaya Panda is the immediate
past president. Those interested in improving their speaking,
interview, and leadership skills can contact any officer listed
above or visit the Toastmasters website, http://www.scripps.edu/services/toastmasters/index.html,
for meeting times.
Reception for Alice Torres
There will be a reception in the Finance Department, 3301
Torrey Pines Court, for all who would like to say goodbye
to Accounts Payable Support Alice Torres, who will be retiring
this week after 20 years of service. The reception will be
held on Friday, February 9, from 1 to 3 PM. Cake, punch, and
coffee will be served.
Ketta Wheeler, Accounts Payable supervisor, comments, "Although
we will miss Alice, we wish her many wonderful years of retirement.
Can't we all imagine sleeping in, no traffic hassles, no vendor
calls, no stress, and more time with the grandchildren." Contact
Wheeler, x4-8083, for more information.
Workshop on Women and Finances
Benefits Administration is pleased to present a lunchtime
workshop "Women and Finances" on Monday, February 12 from
noon to 1 PM in the W.M. Keck Foundation Amphitheater, Beckman
Center for Chemical Sciences.
This presentation looks at retirement planning from a woman's
perspective. Topics include the importance of investing, why
women have different needs and investment styles than their
male counterparts, and what every womanyoung or oldshould
know in order to make decisions that affect her financial
security. No advance registration is required.
Telecommunications Database Manager
Paul Savoie (left) and Director of Telecommunications Thomas
Thistle (right) try out the campus shuttle during its first
week of operation. The Cloud 9 Shuttle driver graciously holds
the door. For more information on the new shuttle's route
and hours of operation, go to the shuttle web page, http://www.scripps.edu/services/shuttle/.