In Brief

Boger Wins Paul Janssen Award
Professor Dale Boger has won the Paul Janssen Award for Creativity in Organic Synthesis, a prize given on a biannual basis at the Belgian Organic Synthesis Symposium to a chemist under the age of 50 who has made a significant contribution to the field of organic synthesis in the broadest sense. Boger will give a lecture at the symposium in July.

Boger (B.Sc., University of Kansas, Lawrence; Ph.D., Harvard University) was a member of the faculty at the University of Kansas and Purdue University before joining the faculty of TSRI in 1991 as the Richard and Alice Cramer Professor of Chemistry. Boger is internationally recognized for his work in organic synthesis, medicinal chemistry, heterocyclic chemistry, natural products total synthesis and biological evaluation, synthetic methodology development including combinatorial chemistry, and bioorganic chemistry and has made seminal contributions to the understanding of DNA-drug interactions and small molecule stabilization or disruption of protein-protein interactions involved in signal transduction.

Former recipients of the Janssen Award include TSRI investigators K. Barry Sharpless and K. C. Nicolaou.

Ginsberg Wins Earl P. Benditt Award
Professor Mark H. Ginsberg has won the 2003 Earl P. Benditt Research Career Award from the North American Vascular Biology Organization (NAVBO) for his seminal work on platelet receptor function and integrin biology.

Ginsberg (M.D., State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center) has been with Scripps since 1975, which he joined after his medical internship, residency, and training in rheumatology at the University of Chicago. According to NAVBO, "Throughout his years at Scripps, Dr. Ginsberg made many important discoveries that have dramatically advanced our thinking of cell-cell interactions and cellular signaling through the family of integrin receptors." A founding fellow of the American College of Rheumatology, Ginsberg is on the editorial boards of the "Journal of Biological Chemistry," "Molecular Biology of the Cell," and the "Journal of Cell Science" and has been recognized with many honors and awards.

Damon Runyon Fellowship Awarded to TSRI Postdoc
Research Associate Sean Ryder of the Williamson lab has been awarded a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship, a three-year award made to outstanding young scientists conducting theoretical and experimental research that is relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention. The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards only about 60 such fellowships each year from a pool of over 450 proposals. Ryder's project is entitled, "Biochemical and structural characterization of a protein-RNA complex that controls Caenorhabditis elegans sexual identity."

Vendor Show, Free Samples, Raffle
The 2002 Vendor Show will be held on Thursday, May 23, from 9:30 AM to 3 PM on the TSRI campus in front of the Immunology building and in the atriums of the Beckman, Molecular Biology, and Immunology buildings. Throughout the day, representatives from over 75 scientific and biotech companies will be available at the four locations to answer questions about their products, provide literature, give demonstrations, and pass out free samples. All vendor show attendees are invited to return a raffle form with eight signatures (two from each of the four exposition locations) to the Jamba Juice stand in the next to the "Flame of Knowledge" sculpture in front of the Molecular Biology Building. While supplies last, these signed raffle forms can be exchanged for a free Jamba Juice. All signed raffle tickets will be entered into a grand-prize raffle for a $200 gift certificate for the University Town Center mall. A runner-up will win a $50 gift certificate. Raffle forms will be mailed to TSRI employees next week. The annual event is sponsored and organized by TSRI's Society of Fellows, which will also be providing free coffee and pastries. For more information, contact Ted Foss,, or visit the Society of Fellows web page.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, May 13, Wednesday, May 15, and Friday, May 17, 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 Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page which includes a map and patient information sheets.