In Brief

Lerner Receives Honorary Degree from Ben-Gurion University
TSRI President Richard A. Lerner, who is Lita Annenberg Hazen Professor of Immunochemistry and Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Chair in Chemistry, received an honorary doctorate degree from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel, on June 3.

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.

Jessani Wins California Breast Cancer Fellowship
Graduate student Nadim Jessani of the Cravatt lab has won a California Breast Cancer Research Program fellowship for a proposal entitled, "Activity Based Profiling of Breast Cancer Xenografts." The California Breast Cancer Research Program funds work that is innovative, complementary to research funded by other agencies, and responsive to the concerns of the breast cancer constituency in California. Jessani's research focuses on applying chemical probes developed in the lab to monitor protein activity in complex biological samples, in this case to distinguish tumor enzyme activities expressed by cancer cells from those from the surrounding host tissue.

Call for 2003 Scientific Report Cover Art
The Office of Communications is now accepting submissions for artwork for the 2003 Scientific Report covers. Artwork is needed for the front, the inside front, and the inside back covers. Submissions—which should consist of a print (such as a Fuji color print) of the artwork plus a description of what it is, and whose lab the work was done in—are due Friday, August 8 and should be sent to Jann Coury, TCP-20 or email

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! TSRI Picnic Will Be July 25

Ready to go back in time? This year's TSRI picnic will feature a Renaissance theme, including a medieval feast, court jester, magician, and jousting in full steel armor. Save the date—Friday, July 25, from 3:30 to 7:30 PM. For more information, visit the TSRI picnic web site.

Lunch and Learn: "Smart Cycling"
Kathy Keehan, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, will speak on "Smart Cycling: The Big Questions" on Wednesday, June 25, from noon to 1 PM as part of the ongoing Lunch and Learn seminar series. Questions to be addressed include: Why bike commute? What about safety? What kind of stuff do I need? What route do I take? Where can I get more information? The presentation will be held in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. No reservations are necessary. Contact Jan Hill, x4-2950, with any questions.

Don't Miss the Eighth Annual TSRI Golf Tournament
Join TSRI's 8th Annual Golf Tournament at 1 PM on Thursday, August 14. The tournament, to be held at the Carlton Oaks Golf & Country Club in Santee, will offer trophies and prizes to the top teams, doormats (last place), closest to the pin, and longest drive. The tournament consists of a four-person scramble, with only 144 spots available upon a first paid, first play basis.

Each team must be comprised of at least two Scripps employees. If the event becomes overbooked, preference will be given to Scripps employees. However, in years past, family and friends were accommodated when possible.

To request a registration form, please contact Jennifer Carr, x4-2909 or email, and be sure to include your extension and mail code. Registration forms should be returned, with a check for $60 per person payable (in full) to TSRI, no later than Friday, July 18. Please submit only one registration form per team. You are welcome to form your own team, but it is not required in order to register.

Look for Next News&Views June 30
The next issue of News&Views, which is published every other week throughout the summer, will be posted by Monday, June 30. The deadline for announcement and calendar submissions is Wednesday at noon for the following Monday's publication.