In Brief

TSRI Investigator Wins Mayo Soley Award
TSRI Professor Eng Tan of the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine has been chosen as the recipient of the Western Society for Clinical Investigation's 2002 Mayo Soley Award. This prestigious award is presented annually to an investigator in the Western United States who has made original and important contributions to research.

SOF Distinguished Lecturer Series to Feature Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis
As part of the TSRI Society of Fellows Distinguished Lecturer Series, Kary B. Mullis, winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method, will speak on "Science: The Realm of the Senses" Friday, March 1 at 4 PM. The lecture will be held in the Timken Auditorium, Green Hospital Building.

Symposium to Honor Professor Peter Vogt
A symposium entitled "Viruses, Oncogenes, and Cancer" will be held March 22 to 24 in honor of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Professor Peter Vogt's 70th birthday. The symposium, which will be held at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium in La Jolla, will cover a range of topics on viruses, oncogenes, and cancer—fields in which Vogt has made significant contributions. In addition, the symposium will highlight the advances and breakthroughs that have been made with the new genomic and genetic technologies in cancer and aging. To find out more or to register (deadline March 1), go to the symposium's web site.

Reminder: Conserve Energy
Facilities Services reminds TSRI employees to conserve energy, as SDG&E has recently implemented several rate increases.

"While the threat of rolling blackouts seems to be a thing of the past, increased rates are not," says Ben Morris, vice president of Facilities Services. "It is still important for everyone at the institute to do their best to conserve energy."

Here are some ways you can help:

  • Turn off the lights, which reduces the energy needed both for lighting and for cooling. Turn off lights when leaving a room. Keep off non-essential lights and use only emergency lighting in bathrooms.

  • Consolidate equipment use whenever possible.

  • Warm up. Individuals in buildings with central air handling—Molecular and Experimental Medicine, CVN, Institute for Childhood and Neglected Diseases, Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences, Sorrento Valley, and the Stein Clinical Research Center—should set their thermostats high, between 72 and 74 degrees if there is no scientific reason not to do so. Individuals in other buildings (including The Skaggs Institute, Immunology, and 3050 Science Park) should adjust their thermostats according to the weather—lower when it is cool outside and higher when the outside temperature rises.

  • Close fume hoods or reduce their sashes. This minimizes the volume of air being drawn out and pumped into the building.

  • Turn off computer monitors (the display) in off hours.

  • Minimize the use of hot water.

How to Cope with "Technostress"

As part of the ongoing Personal Skills for Life and Work series, TSRI Counseling Department's Jan Hill and Jeff Jones will conduct a seminar entitled, "Technostress: Coping with Technology @Work, @Home, @Play" on Thursday, February 28 from noon to 1 PM in the East Conference Room of the Immunology Building. Topics include the ways we use technology, the pros and cons of technology tools, recognizing common technostressors, and setting boundaries in a virtual world. For additional information, contact Hill, x4-2950.

Don't Wait Too Long to Change Medical Coverage
If you are enrolled in, or are eligible for TSRI's medical plan and have a status change, please remember to submit a Benefits Coverage Change Form to Human Resources within 31 days of the change. Status changes that allow you to add coverage include: marriage, attainment of domestic partnership status, birth or adoption of a child, legal entry of a dependent into the United States, and loss of other health coverage for yourself or your dependent. Status changes that allow you to drop coverage include: divorce, termination of domestic partnership status, dependent reaching ineligible age/status, death of a dependent, and dependent obtaining other coverage. If coverage is not added or dropped within 31 days of a status change, you will be required to wait until TSRI's next Open Enrollment period to make the change. Please contact Benefits Administration, x4-8487 or e-mail, to request a Benefit Coverage Change Form. The form can also be downloaded from the Benefits Administration Forms web page.

Staff Receiving Promotions Are...
Recent staff promotions include:

CELL BIOLOGY: Research Technician Julia Faria Braga, Lab Helper Grace L. Gamalong, Research Technician Ryan E. Henry, Staff Scientist William Kiosses, Senior Research Associate, William Hayes McDonald.

CENTER FOR PROTEIN SCIENCES: Research Assistant Allan Mark Asuncion.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & SAFETY: Safety Consultant Specialist Scott C. Meyer.

HUMAN RESOURCES: Senior Benefits Assistant Katie Lynn Collins, Senior

HRIS Assistant Carrie Lynn Gabaldon, Events Coordinator Vivian A. Lodes.

IMMUNOLOGY: Research Assistant Lois F. Kline, Research Associate Brian Lawson, Lab Helper Patrick Secrest, Research Assistant Lynn Anne Simpson, Research Assistant Christina R. Whitten.

KRESGE LIBRARY: Library Cataloger and Web Developer Catherine Wasley Dunn.

MOLECULAR AND EXPERIMENTAL MEDICINE: Senior Research Associate Shunichi Fukuda, Staff Scientist Heidi Erlandsen, Research Assistant Kristen Anne Slanina, Lab Helper Kristl Takato.

NEUROPHARMACOLOGY: Research Assistant Roberto R. Pagarigan, Jr., Research Assistant Ilham Y. Polis, Research Technician Chao Peng Teng, Research Technician Derek N. Wills.

PROCUREMENT: Shipping/Receiving Assistant Fidel Hurtado.

RESEARCH COMPUTING: Manager of Linux Computer Services David L. Braun.