Vol 6. Issue 2 / January 23, 2006

In Brief

New Scripps Florida Web Pages Launched
An updated and expanded version of the Scripps Florida web pages was launched this week on The Scripps Research Institute's site.

"The web pages reflect the new programs, departments, and faculty in Florida," says Jann Coury, Scripps Research web production and publications specialist. "It is a wonderful reminder of how far Scripps Florida has come."

The updated pages feature news stories about Scripps Florida programs, an overview of the Scripps Florida group (including a letter from Harry Orf), and links to information on scientific collaborations, lecture series, and community outreach specific to the Florida campus. To visit the Scripps Florida site, go to: http://www.scripps.edu/florida/.

Neurosciences Institute Hosts Dance Event
On Friday, February 3, 2006, The Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla will host one of the first public performances of an unusual and intriguing new dance project entitled "The Emergent Improvisation Project" under the direction of Susan Sgorbati of Bennington College and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The Neurosciences Institute is pleased to offer the local community the opportunity to attend this performance.

This new work is the culmination of a co-commissioning project between Bennington College, The Neurosciences Institute, New England Complex Systems Institute, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund, and is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from the Jerome Robbins Foundation, Bumper Foundation, and Bennington College.

The performance, which is free of charge, will be held in The Neurosciences Institute's Auditorium, and free parking is available in the institute's parking lot at 10640 John Jay Hopkins Drive.

The schedule is as follows:

7:00 PM: Remarks by Bennington College President Elizabeth Coleman

7:15 PM: Performance

Seating is limited, so please RSVP to reserve your seats to Rachel Jonte at (858) 626-2018 or by e-mail at jonte@nsi.edu.

Buy Daffodils to Support the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days 2006 fundraiser has begun. Volunteers will collect daffodil orders at Scripps Research, Scripps Green Hospital, and Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines until Thursday, February 16. The expected delivery date of the flowers is Tuesday, March 14.

Daffodil Days is one of the American Cancer Society's largest fundraisers of the year and supports research, education, advocacy, and service programs. It presents a unique opportunity to enjoy beautiful, fresh flowers while making an impact on the lives of local cancer patients and their families. Employee volunteer organization ScrippsAssists has consistently been one of the largest Daffodil Days participants in the county.

Items for sale include:

• Bouquet (10 daffodils, no vase):  $10.

• Sunshine bouquet (10 daffodils with a 5.5-inch blue glass vase): $18.

• Vision bouquet (20 daffodils and a green 7-inch vase): $35.

• Friendship bouquet (40 daffodils and some additional greenery in a purple glass vase): $75.

• Bear and a Bunch (10 daffodils and a 10-inch teddy bear—new): $25.

• Gift of Hope: a donation of any amount towards an anonymous bouquet for a cancer patient.

Volunteers on the La Jolla campus available to take your orders are:

   CARR B, Diane Ecker, x4-9714

   CARR B, Jill Krawczyk, x4-9049

   CVN, Jennifer Boyd, x4-7168

   Beckman, Kathleen Alexander, x4-8079

   Beckman, Jean Xiaojin Xu, x4-2945

   IMM, Rebecca Nedellec, x4-9933

   3377 (HR), Jan Tuomainen, x4-8825

   3301 (Legal), Karina Lopez, x4-8842

   3301 (Reception), Jenny Miller, x4-8379

   MBB, Kelly Dryden, x4-8837

   MBB (Reception), Pat Peterson, x4-2225

   ICND, Kerstin Henson, x4-9613

   MEM, Stacey Fuller, x4-9688

   Stein, Joan Lord, x4-2155

   Green Hospital, Darlene and Betsy, 554-2525

If you have any questions, contact Leslie Madden, x4-2881 or lmadden@scripps.edu. To download a PDF of items for sale, go to: http://www.scripps.edu/~lmadden/daffodil/DaffodilDays06products.pdf.

Library Tip: SciFinder Scholar 2006
The Kresge Library is pleased to announce the release of SciFinder Scholar 2006 for Windows and Mac OS X. SciFinder Scholar provides desktop access to two popular databases: Chemical Abstracts and Medline. Chemical Abstracts contains 25 million references from 1907 to present, from 9,500 scientific journals and 50 patent-issuing authorities, and is updated daily with approximately 3,000 references and 4,000 new substances. Medline contains 15 million references from 1950 to present, from 3,900 biomedical journals, and is updated four times per week. As of March 31, 2006, versions 2002 and 2004.1 will no longer be available. Go to the Software Downloads section of the Kresge Library web site to download SciFinder Scholar 2006. For more information, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.

La Jolla Cafeteria to Host Chinese New Year Buffet
The Scripps Research cafeteria on the La Jolla campus is offering a special buffet in honor of the Chinese New Year on Friday, January 27, from 11 AM to 2 PM. The menu, offered at $5.95 plus tax, will include a variety of entrees, dumplings, rice cakes, and a red envelope surprise. "I wanted to do something special to express our appreciation for the institute as we enter the Year of the Dog," says the cafeteria's Andrew Shih. "I wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year!"


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Good Luck, Retirees!

Retiring from Scripps Research are (top to bottom) MEM Research Assistant Carol West (more than 26 years of service), Accounts Payable Supervisor Ketta Wheeler (more than 26 years of service), Edgington lab Administrative Assistant Barbara Parker (more than 24 years of service), and Engineering Services Manager Mar Albano (more than 14 years of service). Your colleagues wish you the very best.