In Brief

Students from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Visit Campus
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) hosted a one-day symposium about basic research on April 12 for students of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), an educational institution established to study national resource management. TSRI speakers included: Assistant Professor Benjamin Cravatt, Associate Professor M. G. Finn, Professor Steve Kay, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies Jeffery Kelly, and Executive Vice President Arnold LaGuardia. The students, who are either military officers or government officials, are completing a Masters program designed to prepare them for senior management positions in the United States Department of Defense.

ScrippsAssists Hosts Ice Cream Social
Did you know that if you are an employee of TSRI you are already a member of ScrippsAssists, the employee volunteer club? And, as a member of ScrippsAssists, you are invited to celebrate National Volunteers Week with an ice cream social in the TSRI cafeteria on Wednesday, April 25, from 12:30 to 2 PM. Perhaps you donated items for the Senior Holiday Basket Project, or helped maintain the trail at Torrey Pines Reserve. Maybe you meant to get involved with ScrippsAssists but just haven't been able to find the right project or the right time. In any case, you are invited to celebrate volunteerism with delicious build-your-own ice cream sundaes. This is an opportunity to find out what ScrippsAssists has been up to, learn what projects are upcoming, and contribute your ideas on new activities for the group. Come by and meet the members of the ScrippsAssists Steering Committee, have some ice cream, and celebrate volunteerism!

A Look at TSRI’s Vision Plan
Benefits Administration would like to remind participants in TSRI medical plans that the vision plan is offered through Medical Eye Services (MES). The coverage is as follows:

  • One routine examination per 12 consecutive months,
  • Up to $110 toward frames per 24 consecutive months,
  • One pair of standard lenses OR up to $100 toward contact lenses per 12 consecutive months.

Vision plan participants need to bring an MES claim form when attending routine eye exams or purchasing eyewear. A $10 co-payment is required at the time of annual services.

MES packets are available in Human Resources. The packet includes an MES claim form, an MES provider directory (which lists ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians), and a fact sheet. If you have questions or would like an MES packet, please contact Benefits Administration, x4-8487, or e-mail You may also visit the MES website at

Discover the Power of Acrobat
Have you wondered what Acrobat is all about? At TSRI, some people use Acrobat to fill in online documents, such as grants, performance evaluations, and job requisition forms. Acrobat can also be used as a tool for a collaborative editing effort where the edit reviews are performed online, perhaps cross-platform. Acrobat can also be used to build interesting and interactive documents and "kiosk" style presentations. One handy feature of the full program is Acrobat Catalog, which creates powerful keyword searches for one or many documents.

Acrobat training will be offered in three sessions: Acrobat Basics, Annotating and Enhancing PDF Files, and Distiller and Catalog. Acrobat Basics is a prerequisite for the other two classes. The Basics class will cover the following topics:

  • Explanation of the work area and toolbars,
  • Navigating a document,
  • Minor editing and reordering pages,
  • Creating bookmarks and links,
  • Converting a Word document using PDFWriter,
  • Building a simple "fillable" form.

The first Acrobat Basics course is scheduled for Tuesday, April 24, 8:30 to 11:00 AM. If you would like to learn more about Acrobat and complete the prerequisite for the other classes, go to or email