In Brief

Poking Holes in Pathogens: TSRI Scientists Build a New Class of Nanotube "Smart Drugs"
TSRI Professor M. Reza Ghadiri and colleagues have published a paper in the current issue of Nature that describes a broad approach for designing drugs to combat such problems as infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. More

TSRI Scientist Selected to Receive German Award
Associate Professor Matthias von Herrath has been named the 2001 George-Koehler Laureate, a major award of the German Society of Immunology in honor of Nobel laureate Georges Koehler. von Herrath's group is working to understand the regulation of autoimmune and anti-viral responses. Its subsequent goal is the development of paradigms that will selectively suppress autoimmune diseases and lower the immunopathology that accompanies viral infections.

Three Students Win NSF Fellowships
Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry (MCSC) student John Craighead and Chemistry students Seth Horn and Anu Sawkar have won National Science Foundation Fellowships, which are awarded on the basis of merit and provide three years of support. Craighead is using cryo-electron microscopy to solve structures of transcription initiation complexes. Horn is developing a method for the synthesis, sequencing, and screening of a combinatorial library of antimicrobial cyclic peptides. Sawkar is using biophysical methods to study protein misfolding responsible for disease states.

New York Times Covers Research of Schimmel, Schultz
On July 24, The New York Times published an article, "Scientists Are Starting to Add Letters to Life's Alphabet," that discusses the work of Professor Paul Schimmel and Professor Peter Schultz, among others. See the article.

Toastmasters Club Graduates First Member
On Monday, July 23, Administrative Assistant Kathy Sterling completed her tenth speech in the Scripps Outstanding Speakers Toastmasters club, making her the first in the group to attain the level of Competent Toastmaster. For more information on the Toastmasters club, see the group's web page.

Ethics in Science Course
TSRI's annual "Ethics in Science" Course will be presented by Thomas Northrup, TSRI's Office of Patent Counsel, on Tuesday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 18, 9 AM to noon in the Scripps Green Hospital's Valerie Timken Amphitheater. All research associates/postdoctoral fellows who have not previously attended the course at TSRI are required to register for one of these courses. Registration forms and information will be mailed to all new research associates. For further information, please contact Ruth Steward, x4-9390, Office of Technology Development.

Look for next News&Views August 13
Look for the next issue of News&Views Monday, August 13. The deadline for submissions to News&Views, which is published weekly during the academic year and every other week during the summer, is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.