Vol 3. Issue 28 / September 27, 2004
Del Zoppo Wins Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
Del Zoppo was selected for the award on the basis of his work on matrix biology of the brain in the setting of stroke. For more information on Del Zoppo's work, see the Fall 2004 issue of Endeavor.
Winzeler Wins Keck Distinguished Young Scholars Grant
Winzeler (B.A., Lewis & Clark College; M.S., Oregon State University; Ph.D., Stanford University) is using novel, genome-based methods for predicting gene function in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. The award provides funding to develop chemical genetic methods to test these predictions. Winzeler's goal is that the chemical compounds discovered in the course of these studies lead to new treatments for malaria.
Office of Graduate Studies Announces Fellowship Winners
The Gilula Fellowship has been awarded to Luke Wiseman of the Kelly lab and Desiree Thayer of the Wong lab.
Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation fellowships have been awarded to: Shannon Biros of the Rebek Lab, Johnathan Melnick of the Schultz lab, Kyle Chiang of the Cravatt lab, Leslie Nangle of the Schimmel lab, Bryan O'Neill of the Romesberg lab, and Dan Calarese of the Wilson lab. Incumbents are Jeff Chao of the Williamson lab, Sarah Hansen of the Wong lab, and Olgun Guvench of the Brooks lab.
Lunch and Learn: "Identity Theft"
The event will take place in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater, The Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. For more information, contact Jan Hill, Counseling and Postdoctoral Services, x4-2950. No reservations are necessary.
Financial Planning Seminar: "Debunking the Myths of Estate Planning"
Open Enrollment: Dependent Eligibility and Documentation
This week's topic:dependent eligibility and documentation.Effective with changes to add dependents during Open Enrollment and with the new plan year starting on January 1, 2005, you will be required to show proof of dependency for all eligible dependents you enroll in the benefit plans. Eligible dependents include spouse, same gender domestic partners, opposite gender domestic partners age 62 or over, and dependent children up to age 18 or up to age 25 if a full-time student. More information regarding the common types of proof of dependency you may provide can be found on the Required Benefit Enrollment Documentation information sheet.
You may add or drop dependents from your coverage for any reason during Open Enrollment. However, effective January 1, 2005, you will be required to provide documentation as to the reason why dependents are being added/dropped from your coverage. Some common examples of such documentation include: divorce or legal separation documents, proof of other coverage for the dependent (a copy of the enrollment form or benefit card), or loss of other coverage for the dependent (COBRA notice from their former employer). You are required to complete a Benefit Coverage Change form and provide proof within 31 days of the qualified status change.
If you currently cover dependents on the Scripps Research health plan you are not required to provide proof of dependency, but will be required to do so if any changes happen in the future. If you have any questions regarding the new requirements, please contact Benefits Administration at x4-8487.
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