Vol 7. Issue 2 / January 22, 2007

In Brief

Sydney Brenner to Speak in Distinguished Lecturer Series
Sydney Brenner, distinguished research professor at the Salk Institute and recipient of the 2002 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine will speak on "Simple Thoughts About Complex Genomes" as part of the Society of Fellows Distinguished Lecturer Series. The event will take place on Thursday, January 25, from 4 to 5:30 PM, in the Timken Amphitheater, Scripps Green Hospital.

Paid Blood Donors Needed
Because of the continuing success of the Scripps Research Normal Blood Donor Service (NBDS), the NBDS now needs to expand the pool of donors who can provide blood to meet the anticipated demand in the coming year.

Donors are immediately compensated with a minimum of $25 and a maximum of $100 for a single draw, depending on the quantity of blood needed. To qualify as a normal blood donor, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be between 18 and 65 years of age,
  • Weigh at least 110 pounds (50kg),
  • Have blood pressure between 90-180 mm Hg systolic and 50-100 mm Hg diastolic,
  • Not have undergone major surgery within the past six months,
  • Score adequately on recent hemoglobin testing,
  • Screen negative for HIV and Hepatitis B and C, upon entry into the program and every year after that,
  • Not take aspirin or anti-inflammatory medication on a daily basis.

For general information about the NBDS, see http://www.scripps.edu/researchservices/nbd/. For more detailed information, including forms for becoming a paid donor, go to http://nbd.scripps.edu/. Priscilla Crisler, Scripps Research NBDS coordinator, can be reached by telephone at (858) 554-2284, by facsimile at (858) 554-2237, or email at corelab@scripps.edu.

Daffodil Days Are Here Again
The ScrippsAssists employee volunteer club invites you to join in supporting the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days. Sales will run until February 16, with the expected delivery date of the beautiful yellow flowers on Tuesday, March 13.

Daffodil Days is an opportunity to help find a cure for cancer and to save lives. Your dollars support the American Cancer Society's groundbreaking research, education, early detection efforts, advocacy, and patient services. The initiative presents a unique opportunity to enjoy fresh flowers, while making an impact on the lives of local cancer patients and their families.

Various bouquets for sale include:

  • Bouquet of 10 daffodils (no vase), $10
  • "Sunshine," 10 daffodils with a five-inch clear glass vase, $20
  • "Vision," 20 daffodils and an orange 6.25inch vase, $35
  • "Bear and a Bunch," 10 daffodils and a 10-inch Boyd's teddy bear named Hugh R. Hope, $25
  • Gift of Hope, a donation of any amount toward an anonymous bouquet of daffodils to cancer patients in the community.

For more information on the bouquets, see: http://www.scripps.edu/~lmadden/daffodil/DaffodilDays2007.pdf

Volunteers available to take your Daffodil Days order are:

CARR B (256C): Lisa Cairncross, x4-7052

Beckman (228): Kathleen Alexander, x4-8079

IMM (316): Rebecca Nedellec, x4-9933

3377 (HR): Jan Tuomainen, x4-8825

3301 (Reception): Jenny Miller, x4-8379

MBB (Reception): Pat Peterson, x4-2225

Stein (108): Joan Lord, x4-2155

Sci Park (1171): Marcia McRae, x4-7112

ICND (210): Kathy Spencer, x4-8437

MEM (165A): Jen Patterson, x4-8959

Green Hospital: Darlene & Betsy, (858) 554-2525

Any questions, contact: Leslie Madden, x4-2881 or lmadden@scripps.edu


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