Vol 5. Issue 1 / January 10, 2005

In Brief

Markou Garners Honors
Associate Professor Athina Markou of The Scripps Research Institute has won the 2004 Daniel H. Efron Research Award for excellence in research in neuropsychopharmacology from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). According to the ACNP, the Efron Award is given annually "to an individual on the basis of outstanding basic/translational research contributions…. The selection of the awardee is based on the quality of the contribution, and its impact in advancing neuropsychopharmacology." Research efforts in the Markou laboratory focus on the neurobiology of reward, motivational and emotional processes as they relate to three psychiatric disorders: drug abuse, depression and schizophrenia.

In a separate honor, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology recently promoted Markou from member to fellow.

Chen Wins Travel Award
Research Associate Emily Chen of The Scripps Research Institute's Felding-Habermann lab won the Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Award in Cancer Research from the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR). The award is granted to outstanding women in cancer research who are scientists-in-training and first authors of scientific papers selected for presentation at one of the organization's conferences. The scholarship supports travel to an AACR conference or meeting.

Whitton to Speak as Part of Faculty Lecture Series
Professor J. Lindsay Whitton of The Scripps Research Institute will speak on "Antiviral T Cell Responses" as part of the Faculty Lecture Series Wednesday, January 12. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road.

Lunch & Learn: "Luck Is No Accident"
Associate Professor Al Levin of California State University will speak on "Luck Is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career" as part of the ongoing Lunch & Learn seminar series, Monday, January 10, from noon to 1 PM. The event will be held in the W.M. Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences. For more information, contact Jan Hill, x4-2950.

Disaster Relief Links
The Scripps Research Counseling and Postdoctoral Services Department provides the following links for those who wish to make contributions to relief efforts following the recent tidal wave and earthquake in Asia. Relief organizations, which are working to help victims by providing for basic human needs, are requesting donations both for immediate relief efforts and for long-term challenges. If you are considering a contribution, see the following news service web pages, which provide lists of aid agencies accepting donations:

As always, the Counseling and Postdoctoral Services Department, x4-9740, is available to provide free counseling and referral services to members of the Scripps Research community and their families.


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