Lerner Receives Honorary Degree From Northwestern
Richard Lerner, president of The Scripps Research Institute
(TSRI), received the honorary degree of Doctor of Science
from Northwestern University on June 21. Northwestern awards
honorary degrees to those judged to have made exceptional
contributions to fields valued by the university.
Lerner's 30-year scientific career encompasses a broad scope
of seemingly disparate activities in biomedical research,
ranging from insights into protein structure to identification
of a sleep-inducing lipid.
His most recent work, and that for which he is perhaps best
known, involves groundbreaking discoveries of converting antibodies
into enzymes, permitting the catalysis of chemical reactions
considered impossible to achieve by classical chemical procedures.
The work has resulted in the possibility of producing antibodies
overnight for obtaining an almost limitless variety of products
beyond natural ones with an efficiency that may exceed that
of natural enzymes.
You Can Take This to the Bank: Financial Awareness Week
Begins July 15
Human Resources is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual
Financial Awareness Week from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July
19. Representatives from various financial and retirement
organizations will be conducting presentations designed to
point you in the right direction towards financial successwhether
you are just starting to plan for a successful financial future
or are nearing retirement. Refreshments will be served and
raffles will be held at each presentation.
Also, don't miss out on an opportunity to sit down one-on-one
with a representative from either TIAA-CREF or Fidelity. The
individual consultations can help answer questions concerning
your retirement, such as how many funds should you invest
in, and personal savings issues, such as buying a home. Space
is limited and must be reserved in advance.
For more information, see the Financial
Awareness Week web page.
Good News for New Mothers
TSRI has opened a new lactation room on campus in the Immunology
Building. The newly painted and carpeted room is located on
the ground floor, off the women's bathroom. The room has private
space for two mothers, including comfortable, easy-to-clean
leather chairs, electrical outlets, and other necessary supplies.
If you are interested in learning more about the lactation
room please contact Kayoko Lindenberger, Benefits Representative
at 4-8501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Officers at Toaster's Club
Scripps Outstanding Speakers (SOS) Toastmaster's Club recently
held elections for the next term of officers for July through
December. The new officers are: Valerie Moreau, President;
Dave Tabb, V.P. Education; Gina Salazar, Secretary; Michelle
Roberts, V.P. Membership; Tina Dostalek, V.P. Public Relations;
and Arkadius Pichota, Sergeant-at-Arms. Iris Ben-Efraim remains
as Treasurer for the club and Astrid Visser is the Immediate
For those of you not familiar with SOS Toastmasters, the
club was formed in 1999 by a group of employees who were interested
in improving their speaking and leadership skills by following
the guidelines of Toastmasters International. Foreign scholars
for which English is not their first language find SOS Toastmasters
a good place to practice speaking English, and the international
flavor of the members makes the meetings fun and informative.
All employees are welcome to attend the meetings, which are
held in the third floor Beckman Conference room the first
three Tuesdays of the month, 12:15 to 1:15PM. Feel free to
contact any officer for more information.
TSRI Picnic, "Survivor" style
The 2002 TSRI Picnic, entitled "Survivor - Rooftop Island,"
will be held from 3:30 to 7:30 PM on Friday, July 19, on the
roof of the Immunology Building. Gather with your friends
and colleagues to celebrate the summer, eat delicious food,
enjoy live music, enter the raffles, and relax.
Some may choose not to relax, however. The theme of the
TSRI picnic this year is based on the hit TV show, "Survivor."
Picnic attendees will be invited to form and join teams-or
tribes-and compete for the grand prize. An obstacle course,
stilts, and jousting will be among team challenges for contestants.
And one lucky winner will win over one ten thousandth of ONE
All TSRI employees are invited to attend with guests, and
tickets to the event will be sold from 12:30 to 1:30 PM on
July 8 through July 17 in the lobbies of the Immunology and
the Molecular Biology buildings, and from July 15 to July
17 in the lobbies of the Beckman and CVN buildings. They will
also be sold from 1 to 2 PM on July 12 in the lobby of the
ICND building. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.
This year's picnic features much children's entertainment,
including professional entertainers, a science booth, a giant
slide, a moon bounce, and other fun. Children will also be
treated to such delectables as fudge brownies and lemon bars.
Adults, naturally, can also participate in the dessert course.
For more information, see the picnic page: http://www.scripps.edu/services/picnic2002.
TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, and Serum Draws
On Monday, July 8, Wednesday, July 10, and Friday, July 12,
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.
Look for Next News&Views July 15
The next issue of News&Views, which is published every other
week throughout the summer, will be posted by Monday, July
15. The deadline for announcement and calendar submissions
is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.
What do These People Have in Common?
All members of the National Academy of
Sciences, several TSRI researchers pose for a picture after
a reception last week in honor of the 2002 inductees, investigators
Francis V. Chisari and Chi-Huey Wong. Pictured here (left
to right) are Gerald F. Joyce, Chisari, Ernest Beutler, Paul
Schimmel, Wong, Bernard M. Babior, and Albert Eschenmoser.
Not shown are National Academy of Sciences members Floyd E.
Bloom, Gerald M. Edelman, Richard Lerner, K.C. Nicolaou, Julius
Rebek, Jr., Peter Schultz, K. Barry Sharpless, and Peter K.
Vogt. Photo by Jason Bardi.