In Brief

Rohde Wins Andrea Elizabeth Vogt Memorial Award
Jason Rohde, a Ph.D. candidate in TSRI's Chemistry Program, has won the Andrea Elizabeth Vogt Memorial Award. This new fellowship, made possible by the generosity of Professor Peter K. Vogt, is granted to a student in excellent academic standing who can demonstrate financial hardship.

Karanicolas Wins Jairo Arévalo Fellowship
John Karanicolas, a Ph.D. candidate in the Macromolecular and Cellular Structure and Chemistry (MCSC) Program, has won the Jairo Arévalo Fellowship Award. Founded in memory of Jairo H. Arévalo, TSRI's first doctoral degree recipient, the fellowship is awarded each year to a student selected by a committee of TSRI faculty as having those qualities of academic scholarship, achievement, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, and thirst for knowledge that were so apparent in Arévalo. Previous recipients have been Fraser Hof, Matt Patricelli, Danielle Bodrero-Hoggan, and Vicki Tsui.

Reed to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
Professor Steven Reed will speak on "Cell Cycle Control: Mechanisms and Pathologies," as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, February 12. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road.

Symposium to Explore Frontiers in Chemistry
The TSRI Department of Chemistry presents the 14th annual Frontiers in Chemistry Symposium on Friday, February 14. Talks will include:

  • TSRI Professor and Chair K.C. Nicolaou, introduction and welcome, 9 AM;
  • Professor W.A. Herrman of Technical University of Munich, the Merck lecturer, will speak on "N-Heterocyclic Carbenes and a New Generation of Organometallic Catalysts," from 9:10 to 10 AM;
  • Professor Roger Kornberg of Stanford University, the Pfizer lecturer, will speak on "Eukaryotic Gene Transcription," from 10 to 10:50 AM;
  • Professor Herbert Waldmann of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Physiology, the Amgen lecturer, will speak on "From Protein Domains to Drug Candidates: Natural Product Guided Combinatorial Chemistry," from 11:30 AM to 12:20 PM;
  • Professor Satoshi Omura of The Kitasato Institute, the Array lecturer, will speak on "Discovery of Natural Products with Specific Biological Targets," from 12:20 to 1:10 PM.

Lectures are open to all and will be held in the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive. A lunch reception will be held in the Beckman Atrium after the talks.

Parking Alert During Golf Tournament
The Buick Invitational Golf Tournament will be held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course from Monday, February 10 to Sunday, February 16. Parking Services will be monitoring the parking in front of the Beckman Chemistry Building. TSRI employees are required to have an access card and ID for parking. Immunology Roof parking and South Employee Lot 2 will be accessible to cardholders during the daytime hours of 6 AM and 3:30 PM. Questions should be directed to Parking Services at x4-8927.

Lunch and Learn: "Safety and Assertive Communication"
Nancy Wahlig, director of the University of California at San Diego Student Safety Awareness Program, will present "Safety and Assertive Communication: What is the Connection?" on Thursday, February 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 PM as part of the ongoing Lunch and Learn seminar series. The seminar will cover the topics of general personal safety, verbal assertion skills, and applying these skills to your personal life and will be held in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater of The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. For more information, contact Jan Hill of TSRI Employee and Graduate Student Counseling Department, x4-2950.

Daffodil Days Are Here Again
The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days fundraiser has begun. Once again volunteers from ScrippsAssists will be collecting daffodil orders at TSRI, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. Sales run throughout the month of February.

Daffodil Days is one of the Cancer Society's largest fundraisers. Money raised goes towards cancer research and education in California. ScrippsAssists has consistently been one of the largest participants in the county during Daffodil Days, raising between $4,000 and $6,000 each year.

The American Cancer Society's goal is to deliver a Gift of Hope bouquet to every cancer patient undergoing treatment at local healthcare facilities. Your anonymous donation of $18 towards a Gift of Hope will help ensure this goal is met. In addition to the bouquet, cancer patients and their families receive educational materials and information on services available to them from specially trained ACS volunteers.

The following ScrippsAssists volunteers are available to take your orders. Please contact the volunteer closest to you. The deadline for receipt of all orders and payment (make checks payable to The American Cancer Society) is Thursday, February 27. Flowers are expected on Monday, March 17th.

Available for purchase this year are: bouquet of 10 daffodils, $10.00; bouquet of 10 daffodils with cobalt blue vase, $18; vision arrangement with 20 daffodils and vase, $35; spring arrangement with about 30 daffodils and vase, $60; corporate arrangement with about 50 daffodils and vase, $110; gift of hope to cancer patient, $18 (or any amount).

For further information, contact Janet Hightower, x4-8233 or email

24 Hour Fitness Comes to TSRI
Benefits Administration would like to announce that representatives from 24 Hour Fitness will be onsite Wednesday, February 19 from 11 AM to 1 PM to enroll employees in discounted memberships. The enrollment will be held in the Human Resources Small Conference Room. Please stop by the front desk for assistance in locating the room. All employees, with the exception of TSRI graduate students, are eligible for this benefit.

Tetanus Immunizations Now Available
Beginning at the on-site clinic on Wednesday, February 19, tetanus immunizations will be made available to TSRI personnel who handle animals. All employees who work with animals should have a tetanus immunization once every 10 years. The tetanus immunizations are free of charge, as are all of the procedures offered at the monthly on-site clinics.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, Serum Draws, and Tetanus Inoculations
On Wednesday, February 19, and Friday, February 21, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be on-site to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations. There will not be an on-site clinic on Monday due to the holiday. 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 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, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations 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.

News&Views Off for President's Day
News&Views will not be published next week due to President's Day, Monday, February 17, a TSRI holiday.