In Brief

Nicolaou Honored Three Times Over
K.C. Nicolaou, founding chairman of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Department of Chemistry and L.S. Skaggs Professor of Chemical Biology at The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at TSRI, was recently honored by three separate international bodies.

The Council of the British Royal Society of Chemistry has invited Nicolaou to the United Kingdom to give a lecture tour of research centers in the upcoming academic year. A graduate of The University of London, Nicolaou will return to the country of his alma mater as a Royal Society of Chemistry Centenary Lecturer.

Nicolaou has also won the 2001 Ernst Schering Prize, sponsored by the German nonprofit research foundation from which its name derives. He will be awarded the prize later this year at the University of Madrid in Spain, and will deliver a lecture there and at the University of Berlin in conjunction with the award.

Also later this year, Nicolaou will travel to Nagoya University in Japan, where he will conduct a one-day course seminar and accept The Nagoya Medal of Organic Chemistry. He is the 2001 gold medalist.

All three organizations recognized Dr. Nicolaou’s outstanding contributions to chemical synthesis and chemical biology in their award letters, particularly his work in the total synthesis of complex natural products.

Dawson Named Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow
Cell Biology and Chemistry Assistant Professor Philip Dawson has been selected to receive the highly competitive Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and its unrestricted two-year grant. Dawson's work utilizes the total synthesis of proteins to study hydrogen bonding, enzymatic catalysis and complex protein-protein interactions.

Asturias Wins Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Award
Cell Biology Assistant Professor Francisco Asturias has been selected to receive a Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Scholar Award for a five-year period beginning in July 2001. Asturias uses electron microscopy single-particle and two-dimensional crystallography techniques to study the structures of macromolecular complexes involved in regulation of DNA transcription and fatty acid synthesis.

Watson to Present “DNA Thoughts”
Nobel laureate James D. Watson, president of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, will present "DNA Thoughts" on Friday, March 23, as part of the Society of Fellows Distinguished Lecturer Series. This event, which is open to the public, will be held in the Timken Amphitheater of the Green Hospital Building at 4 PM. Earlier that day, Watson will participate in a graduate student discussion in the Roon Foundation Conference Room, Beckman Center 5S, at 2 PM, and a research associate discussion in the Roon Foundation Conference Room, 2:55 PM. For more information, contact Avi Spier.

Attention 2000 Healthcare Spending Account Participants
If you participated in the Healthcare Spending Account (HCSA) during the 2000 plan year, please remember that March 31 is the deadline for submitting reimbursement claims to ReliaStar.

HCSA Reimbursement forms are available in the Human Resources Department. You can stop by to pick up forms between 8 AM and 5 PM; request them by calling Benefits Administration at x4-8487 or by sending an email to; or download them from the Benefits Administration web page,

Brush Up on Netscape
Have you ever used the proxy icon to add a location to your personal toolbar or bookmark folder? Learn how to do this in the next Netscape class scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, from 8:30 to 11 AM. Other topics will include setting your home page, organizing your toolbars, and finding previously visited sites using the history feature. To enroll, go to, or e-mail

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday March 19, Wednesday March 21, and Friday March 23, 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 will need to return on Wednesday; individuals screened on Wednesday, will need to return on Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, 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.