In Brief

Eschenmoser to Speak as Part of Faculty Lecture Series

Department of Chemistry Professor Albert Eschenmoser will speak on “Chemical Etiology of nucleic Acid Structure on Wednesday, February 21 as part of the Concepts in Biology and Medicine Faculty Lecture Series. The lecture will be held in the Scripps Clinic ampitheater at 5 PM. A reception will follow in the Immunology building.

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, TSRI);
  • "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. For more information, please visit:

TSRI Employee Publishes Novel, “The Deeper, The Bluer”

Molecular Biology Administrative Assistant Barbara Field recently published a novel, "The Deeper, The Bluer" (Quality Trade Paperback, December 2000), which has won endorsements from National Book Award winner Alice McDermott and HBO executive Bob Conte.

In Field’s novel, set in San Diego, a 16-year-old girl thinks she is pregnant. She learns about motherhood—especially single motherhood—from a group of four women who gather around a community pool.

Field has worked at TSRI since 1998. The winner of the Lenore Marshall and Van Rensselaer Prizes for writing from Barnard College and Columbia University, Field has published in "Salon," "The Atlanta Journal Constitution," and other venues.

News&Views on Holiday for President’s Day

News&Views will not be published on Monday, February 19 due to President’s Day, a holiday for TSRI. Weekly publication will resume on Monday, February 26.

Who Needs to Submit a Benefits Coverage Change Form?

Have you recently married, attained domestic partnership status, added a child to your household through birth or adoption, had a dependent legally enter the United States, or lost other health coverage for yourself or a dependent? If so, remember to submit a Benefits Coverage Change Form to Human Resources within 31 days or you will be required to wait until TSRI’s next Open Enrollment period.

Benefit Coverage Change Forms are available from Benefits Administration, x4-8487, e-mail, and web site

Learn How to Make Tables in Word

Have you had trouble setting tabs in a table cell? Do you know how to top align, center align, or bottom align your text within a cell? Did you know that you can use simple formulas to manipulate table data? Did you know that Word provides a number of built-in styles to make your table look interesting? If you would like to learn more about tables in Word, sign up for the Tables class on Wednesday, February 21, from 8:30 to 11 AM. Other topics include: adjusting column widths, using absolute row heights, and merging and splitting cells. To enroll, go to the web page or e-mail

Seminar: Are You Ready for Love and Marriage?

The Employee and Graduate Student Counseling Department invites you to February's Lunch and Learn Seminar presented by Ginger Lipman Whisner, MFCC, "Are You Ready for Love & Marriage, but Don't Know How to Make it Happen?" The seminar will take place in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater in the Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences on Wednesday, February 14, from noon to 1 PM. The seminar will cover many topics including the "how-tos" of dating, how to meet and assess a mate who is right for you, and how to build a healthy relationship. No reservations are necessary.

Office of Communications’ Newest Member

Jennifer O’Sullivan (formerly Boydston) joins the Office of Communications as communications coordinator. O’Sullivan, who holds a BA in comparative literature and an MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University, came to TSRI in 1994 as part of Director of Mass Spectrometry Gary Siuzdak’s group. O'Sullivan's new responsibilities will include helping to produce News&Views and coordinating TSRI's educational outreach efforts.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws

On Monday, February 12, Wednesday, February 14, and Friday, February 16, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be on-site to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations, and serum draws. 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, February 12, will need to return on Wednesday, February 14; individuals screened on Wednesday, February 14, will need to return on Friday, February 16. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, February 16, but Hepatitis B immunization and serum draws will be. To learn more about these programs, see the Human Resources Occupational Medicine web page, which includes a map and patient information sheets.