Vol 6. Issue 16 / May 8, 2006

In Brief

M.G. Finn to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
Scripps Research Institute Associate Professor M.G. Finn will speak on "Chemically Tailoring the Form and Function of Virus Particles" as part of the ongoing Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, May 10. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla.

NWiS to Host Inaugural Symposium on Women in Science
The Network for Women in Science (NWiS) presents the inaugural Howell Symposium on Women in Science and Women's Health Research on Thursday, May 25, from 2 to 5 PM. The keynote speaker will be Joan Steitz, Sterling Professor in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, who will speak on "Lupus, Snurps and Women in Science." Also speaking will be Diane McKay, associate professor at Scripps Research and chair of the Women's Health Committee of the American Society of Transplantation, and Joan Kroener, a specialist in the treatment of breast and ovarian cancers at Scripps Clinic.

The free event, which is sponsored by the Doris A. Howell Foundation, will be held in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic. A reception will follow in the Beckman galleria. Transportation is available to and from University of California, San Diego; contact saviran@ucsd.edu.

Mark Your Calendars for the Annual SOF Vendor Show
The annual Society of Fellows Vendor Show will be held Tuesday, May 16, from 9 AM to 2:30 PM. Over 100 companies will be on campus in and around the Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Beckman Buildings. At the vendor show, you can catch up on the latest technologies, ask questions and get advice from the company representatives, get a FREE Jamba Juice™, and enter to win one of five $100 Gift Certificates to a Westfield Shoppingtown™. For more information, see the Society of Fellows web site.

Library Tip: Translocate Yourself
Are you new to California and the San Diego area? Or perhaps you've been working hard and are planning a quick vacation? The Kresge Library has you covered with our local travel collection. Research seeing the giant redwoods in Northern California with Lonely Planet's California. Or go south of the border with Fodor's Mexico. Closer to home (and Scripps Research) explore the many hiking trails in the popular book, Afoot & Afield in San Diego. Check out the entire local travel collection in our locked cabinet. All travel titles are available for check-out. For more information, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.

Benefits Alert: Retirement Plan Events and Appointments
If you're an employee, you probably know that Scripps Research is streamlining the retirement plans to offer a single record-keeper and a simplified core lineup of mutual funds. By now you should have received the Fidelity Transition Brochure, which was mailed to homes the week of April 3. This Transition Brochure outlines important information that may impact your retirement planning, so the Benefits Department would like to encourage you to review the brochure and attend a group meeting or make an appointment for an individual consultation to see how this process will affect you.

Fidelity Investments has been on campus the last several weeks conducting group presentations, help desks, and individual consultations. It's not too late to take advantage of these events! A schedule of events, including group meetings, for the week of May 8 can be viewed at: http://www.scripps.edu/hr/benefits/meetingschedule.html#week4

Additional individual consultation times have been added in order to accommodate those of you who still wish to meet with a Fidelity Retirement Counselor. The appointment dates that have been added are as follows:

 • Wednesday, May 10, 8 AM to 5 PM, Human Resources Offices, 3377 Torrey Pines Court, second floor;

 • Thursday, May 11, 8 AM to 5 PM, Beckman Center for Chemical Sciences Room 460A (Go to the fourth floor and turn right off the elevator. The room is at the end of the hallway, in the back of Lab 457.);

• Thursday, May 11, 8 AM to 5 PM, Human Resources Offices;

• Friday, May 12, 8 AM to 5 PM, Human Resources Offices.

To make an appointment for an individual consultation with a Fidelity retirement counselor, call 1-800-642-7131. There will also be appointment opportunities after the transition to assist with any retirement planning needs. For more information, the Transition Brochure is available for viewing on the Benefits webpage . If you have any questions, please contact Benefits at x4-8487. 

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