Vol 6. Issue 34 / November 6, 2006

In Brief

Michael Oldstone to Speak in Faculty Lecture Series
Scripps Research Professor Michael B. Oldstone will speak on "New Horizons for Infectious Protein Folding Prion Diseases," as part of the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, November 8. The lecture will be held at 5 PM in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Clinic, 10666 North Torrey Pines Road.

Lunch & Learn: "Live Life Laughing!"
John Smith, Employee Assistance Program counselor at the University of California, San Diego, will give a talk titled "Live Life Laughing," on Thursday, November 16, from noon to 1 PM, as part of the ongoing Lunch & Learn seminar series. Using film, discussion, and participatory exercises, Smith will suggest ways to maintain a balanced and healthful perspective, while reconnecting to our often-untapped potential for joy. The workshop, arranged by the Counseling and Psychological Services Department, will be held in the Human Resources Training Room, second floor, 3377 N. Torrey Pines Court.

Last Week of Open Enrollment
Human Resources would like to remind all benefit eligible staff that this is the last week of Open Enrollment. If you have not yet received your user ID and personal identification number in the mail, please call Benefits Administration immediately for this information to access the online open enrollment system. 

Changes to your Scripps Research benefit selections and, if eligible, enrollment (or re-enrollment) in the healthcare and/or dependent care spending accounts for the 2007 plan year can be made up until 5 PM Pacific time/2 PM Eastern standard time on Friday, November 10. 

Please keep in mind that the annual in-network deductible is increasing to $200 for an individual and $600 per family in 2007, so consider participating in the Healthcare Spending Account (if eligible) to defray your costs. Also, please remember that the healthcare and dependent care spending account elections do not roll over from year to year, so this is your last chance to enroll or re-enroll for the 2007 plan year.

Kiosks are available in Human Resources for employees who do not have computer access. Participants with questions regarding Open Enrollment should contact the Benefits line, x 4-8487. For more information, see the Open Enrollment site and the schedule of events.

Library Tip: New Titles in Wiley Online Books Platform
The Kresge Library is pleased to announce the addition of new titles to the Wiley Online Books platform. Look up individual titles in ELLeN, the library catalog, or browse the entire list of subscribed-to online books from Wiley. New titles include: Acetylene Chemistry, Artificial Enzymes, The Chemistry of Heterocycles (Second Edition), Drug Discovery Handbook, Nutritional Genomics: Impact on Health & Disease (which contains a chapter, "Protein Synthesis & Cancer," co-authored by Scripps Research Professor Peter Vogt), Reviews in Computational Chemistry (Volume 22), and Systems Biology in Practice. For more information, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.

New English-as-a-Second-Language Class to Begin
A new English-as-a-second-language class will begin Tuesday, November 7. This class, taught by instructor Cassandra Wadkins, will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 PM every Tuesday in the Immunology Building West Conference Room. The price for three months (12 classes) is $60. Each intermediate-level English class is divided into speaking and listening, idioms and vocabulary, and reading and writing. If you would like to improve your English communication skills and your understanding of friends and colleagues, movies, television shows, and the news, this class is for you. The instructor uses movies, games, television shows, grammar books, songs, drawing, and novels to teach standard American English. Have fun and learn English at the same time! For more information, leave a message at x4-2176.


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