In Brief

NARSD Selects Bartfai, Fish to Receive Awards
Two investigators at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), Assistant Professor Kenneth Fish and Professor Tamas Bartfai, were recently honored by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), the largest non-governmental organization funding brain research worldwide. Fish won a Young Investigator Award and Bartfai, a Distinguished Investigator Award. Both Bartfai and Fish conduct their research at TSRI's newly formed Harold L. Dorris Neurological Research Center, which Bartfai directs.

2002 Scientific Report Now Available Online
The 2002 Scientific Report is now available online at

2003 Scientific Report Submissions Due May 2
All submissions for the 2003 Scientific Report are due at noon on Friday, May 2. This year, investigators may submit their report in one of two ways: o By putting the submission on a disk and giving it with a printout to the departmental administrator (as reports have been submitted in the past), o By sending a file via email to Jann Coury of the Office of Communications at and giving a printout to the departmental administrator. PDF files of the submission guidelines are also available online at

In addition, for investigators who hold joint appointments in The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology, the Skaggs Institute submissions will be due Friday, September 12. Letters and guidelines will be sent to the members later this summer.

New English-as-a-Second-Language Class Begins
A new English-as-a-second-language class will begin Tuesday, April 22. Instructor Cassandra Wadkin's class meets from 6:30 to 8:30 every Tuesday evening in the Immunology Building West Conference Room. The price for three months (12 classes) is $60. Each intermediate-level English class is divided into speaking and listening, idioms and vocabulary, and reading and writing. If you would like to improve your English communication skills and better understand your friends and colleagues, movies, television shows, and the news, this class is for you. The instructor uses movies, games, television shows, grammar books, songs, drawing, and novels to teach standard American English. For more information, please leave a message at x4-2176.

Medical Plan Reminder: Emergency Treatment Benefits
If you are covered under the TSRI Medical Plan, you are required to contact Principal at the number located on the back of your benefits card within 24 hours after being admitted to a hospital for emergency treatment in order to receive the maximum in-network benefit. If you or one of your dependents requires treatment for a medical emergency and cannot get to a CCN provider, benefits for treatment received will be paid at the same coinsurance rate as a network provider as long as Principal is notified within 24 hours of hospital admission. Please note that not all emergency room physicians of a CCN network hospital are in the CCN network. If you see the attending emergency physician for follow up treatment, that physician must be in the CCN network in order for you to receive the maximum level of coverage. For more information, refer to the Summary Plan Descriptions or call the Benefits Line at x4-8487.

TB Screenings, Hepatitis B Immunizations, Serum Draws, and Tetanus Immunizations
On Monday, April 28, Wednesday, April 30, and Friday, May 2, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be onsite to conduct TB screenings, Hepatitis B immunizations, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations. 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, and 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.