In Brief

Molecules Caught in the Act—TSRI Scientists Solve Elusive Enzyme Intermediates
A collaboration between The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Professors Ian A. Wilson, Chi-Huey Wong, and their colleagues in the Departments of Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology has yielded one of the best views ever of an enzyme caught in the act of catalyzing a reaction on its substrate. This research should prove invaluable as a tool for drug synthesis. More

Press Reports on the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
For those interested in what the press had to say on TSRI investigator K. Barry Sharpless and the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, here are some links:

Koob Lab Reorganizes
Beginning in mid-November, administration in the Koob lab will be reorganized. Pat Brennan will become assistant director to the Administrative Core of the Integrative Neuroscience Initiative on Alcoholism. She will be in Room 110 of 3050 Science Park Road, maildrop SP102, or email (her new extension is yet to be announced). Kathleen Elton will become senior administrative assistant, in charge of Chair of the Neuropharmacology Department George Koob's daily schedule, administrative matters not handled by Administrative Manager Nancy Callahan, and other issues concerning the Division of Psychopharmacology. Elton will remain in room 101C of the CVN building and can be reached at mail drop CVN-7, email, or x4-7442.

Open Enrollment to be Held October 29 to November 9
Open Enrollment—the annual opportunity for employees to make changes to their benefit selections and, if eligible, enroll (or re-enroll) in the healthcare and/or dependent care spending accounts—will be held via a new online system Monday, October 29 through Friday, November 9. Instructions on how to access the online system will be mailed to all eligible participants' homes by Friday, October 26 and will be posted in News&Views. A kiosk will be available in the Human Resources Department for those employees who do not have computer access.

Learn More about TSRI Benefits at the Benefits Fair
October 31 Human Resources will host a Benefits Fair on Wednesday, October 31, from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Immunology Building galleria. Representatives from each of the companies providing benefits, as well as Human Resources staff, will be available to answer questions and provide information. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held.

Toastmasters Club Hosts "Orchestrating Your Message: the Magic of Vocal Variety"
Mark your calendars for 1 PM on Monday, October 22, 2001 when the Toastmasters Club will be hosting a dynamic duo. Not Batman and Robin, but (James) Alburger and (Penny) Abshire. Alburger and Abshire have over 40 years of experience as performers and professional speakers. They will supply participants with tools to improve their speaking during a fun, interactive, and entertaining seminar that will include music, magic, and audience participation. "Orchestrating Your Message: The Magic of Vocal Variety" will be held in the Keck Amphitheater of the Beckman Building. For more information, send e-mail to Kazunobu Kato at