In Brief

Balch to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Professor William Balch will speak on "Ras Superfamily GTPases at the Crossroads of Cell Proliferation and Differentiation," as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 14. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road.

TSRI to Host Educational Web Seminar
In conjunction with San Diego City Schools, TSRI is hosting a web seminar, "Contemporary Issues in Bioscience." The seminar was created in response to middle and high school science teachers' interest in providing innovative, hands-on science activities in the classroom.

The web seminar will be presented in the following format:

MAY 1 - MAY 22: Three approximately 40-minute lectures given by TSRI scientists are available by video-on-demand to registered participants throughout California. The site, featuring synchronized PowerPoint presentations, "Ask a Question" window, and numerous links to related web sites, journal articles and news releases, is designed to assist teachers in creating fresh and comprehensive classroom activities.

MAY 22, 3 - 4 PM: Participants who have viewed "Contemporary Issues in Bioscience" will be able to participate in a live, online Q & A session with investigators Clint Potter, Karla Ewalt, and Floyd Romesberg.

TSRI employees are welcome to participate. For more information and to register online, visit the Contemporary Issues in Bioscience web page.

The webcast is best viewed using these standard settings:

  • Windows 98/ME/OO/XP,
  • Minimum screen size of 1024x768,
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or greater,
  • Java enabled browser,
  • Browser configuration must accept cookies.

Career Workshop: "Lessons from P.I.s: Setting Up Your Lab So It Will Work for You"
Scientist and author Kathy Barker will speak on" Lessons from P.I.s: Setting Up Your Lab So It Will Work for You" on Monday, May 5, from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Neurosciences Institute Auditorium. The workshop will address topics including:

  • How to interview/train/motivate/mentor to build teamwork and establish a healthy lab culture;

  • Setting priorities: time management;

  • Handling tough personnel issues: communication problems, conflict resolution, lab morale, and firing.

The Career Workshop Series is arranged by the TSRI Employee and Graduate Student Counseling Department, the Graduate Studies Program, the Society of Fellows, and the Network for Women in Science.

Bike to Work Day
2003 The 12th annual Bike to Work Day will be held on Friday, May 16. Bike to Work Day is a great opportunity to get out of your car, get some exercise, and help promote biking as a healthy, non-polluting transportation alternative. The event is organized by SANDAG (San Diego Regional Planning Agency) and presented by the San Diego County Credit Union. All registrants will receive a coupon for a free bagel provided by Bruegger's Bagels and will be eligible to win prizes such as Haro Mountain bikes, San Diego Padres game tickets, and San Diego Zoo passes. There also will be over 25 pit stops throughout the San Diego with free goodies from Henry's Marketplace, AllGoode, and Souplantation. Registration is free.

For more information call 1-800-COMMUTE (choose option 3) or visit to register online.





Fresh Art

Research Programmer Sophie Coon of the Olson lab is one of the artists displaying work in the latest show in TSRI's cafeteria. Others include: Amy Elizabeth Cullinan, Nancy Curry, Kevin Fung, Donmienne Leung, Judith Preston, and Lena van der Strap. Photo by Kevin Fung.