In Brief

National Eye Institute Funds New Core Center for Vision Research
The National Eye Institute (NEI) recently announced multi-year funding for a new Core Center for Vision Research at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). The center will support shared resources for TSRI researchers who have independent programs in vision science funded through the NEI.

Principal investigator Martin Friedlander, TSRI associate professor of cell biology, and member of Scripps Clinic Medical Group notes that the core center will strengthen and expand existing research.

A microarray core module will produce DNA “chip” microarrays that can be used for observing changes in gene expression during the course of normal and pathological changes in the eye. Similarly, a proteomics core module will provide global analysis of all the proteins expressed. A microscopy and imaging core module will allow the phenotypic state of eye tissue to be studied in conjunction with the expression data that comes from the microarray and proteomics cores.

Investigators using the microscopy and imaging core will be able to take advantage of new technologies in order to expand existing research, for example a state-of-the-art multiphoton scanning laser confocal microscope.

In addition to serving TSRI researchers, the center will support three scientists from nearby University of California, San Diego, who also have vision science research programs.

Friedlander hopes that the center will facilitate professional interactions among TSRI investigators, UCSD scientists, and their clinical counterparts at Scripps Clinic and Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Ginsberg to Speak on Integrins in Faculty Lecture Series
Department of Vascular Biology Professor Mark Ginsberg will speak on "Integrins: The Inside Story" as part of The Faculty Lecture Series, Wednesday, April 18, at 5 PM. The event will be held at the Scripps Clinic amphitheater. A reception will follow in the Immunology Building.

Learn About Eudora
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Easter Cookies and More For Sale at April 10 Craft Faire
TSRI employees and their families will sell some of their creations at the Second Annual Craft Faire on Tuesday, April 10, from noon until 3 PM in the Immunology Galleria. Handmade Easter baskets, jewelry, pottery, soap, gourds, quilts, Easter cookies, chocolates, and copies of TSRI Administrative Assistant Barbara Field’s novel "The Deeper, The Bluer" will be available.

"Don't fill your children's Easter baskets until you have seen all the goodies," says Bonnie Towle of Immunology, who helps to organize the event. "It's worth coming to take a look around, just to see all the talent here at TSRI. Now, with the shuttle running every half hour, there is no reason not to come on your lunch hour even if you work on the other side of campus. Plus, the shuttle can transport all of your purchases afterwards!"

Course on Developing Capable Young People
If there is enough interest among employees, TSRI will offer a four-week course, "Developing Capable Young People." The sessions will focus on how to give young people a sense of being capable and significant, as well how to help them develop self-discipline. There is a minimum of eight participants and a maximum of 15. The instructor is Linda Watson. Sessions will be held on Thursdays, noon to 1:00 PM, from April 19 to May 10 in the Administrative Building, 3301 North Torrey Pines Court, P1 Conference Room. The cost is $50 per person (including video and workbook). For more information or to let Jan Hill or Melanie Brittle know that you are interested, call x4-2950 or x4-2935.

Recently Retired
Recently retired are Security Officer Clifford Malis and Senior Communications Coordinator Negar Ashraf.

Who’s New?
Animal Resources:
Assistant Animal Technicians Lashanda Rochelle Esposito, Mario Tabernero, Greg A. Van Saanen.

Cell Biology: Guest Scientist Jacob Gano, Guest Scientist Edward Korzus, Research Associate Michael John Maccoss, Research Associate Gina M. Story, Guest Scientist Christine Van Broeckhoven, Research Associate Wenhong Zhu, Guest Scientist Hugo P Adamo, Research Associate Emma C. Brown.

Chemistry: Research Associate Edward Alexander Anderson, Research Associate Rachid Baati, Guest Scientist Craig J. Forsyth, Research Associate Robert Hilgraf, Research Associate Joung Meyoungju, Research Associate Bheema Rao Paraselli, Research Associate Xumu Zhang.

DNA Array and Chip Technology: Research Technician Elizabeth P. Bertrams, Research Technician Thomas C. Whisenant.

Environmental Health and Safety: Senior Safety Consultant Karen M. Trapane.

Environmental Services: Housekeepers Ramon W. Davis, Carmen Flores.

Finance: Accounts Payable Support Pamela Kaye Graham.

Human Resources: Employee Representative Kelly Elizabeth Kehoe.

Immunology: Research Associate Seyed Alireza Alavizadeh, Research Associate Jian Chen, Research Associate Michael Franti, Guest Scientist Donald Wyma, Administrative Assistant Christina Renee Corbaci.

Mass Spectrometry Facility: Administrative Assistant Cindy D. Wranik.

Molecular and Experimental Medicine: Research Associate Natalie Maria Pecheniuk, Research Technician Angelina Marie Eustaquio, Research Technician David French, Guest Scientist Gloria Gallo, Visiting Investigator Marvin J. Fritzler, Research Associate Andreas Gerhard Nechansky, Administrative Assistant Cathleen Denise Perez.

Molecular Biology: Research Technician Tiffany Janae Gordon, Research Associate Nina Jendreyko, Research Associate Iaroslav Kuzmine, Research Associate Jianming Liu, Guest Scientist Karin Musier-Forsyth, Research Technician Jeffrey Velasquez.

Neurobiology: Research Associate Tracy A. Stevens.

Neuropharmacology: Guest Scientist Elizabeth Letitia Beard, Research Associate Stephanie Caille, Research Associate John Francis Cryan.

Office of Sponsored Programs: Associate Grant Administrator Philip Godfrey, Administrative Assistant Kara Nichole Stitz.

Vascular Biology: Research Associate Nicholas Andronicos, Research Technician Nagyung Baik, Research Associate Giovanna Giandomenico, Administrative Assistant Justin A. Maisonet.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, April 16, Wednesday, April 18, and Friday, April 20, 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.

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