Vol 7. Issue 26 / September 17, 2007

In Brief

"Walk n' Roll" to Raise Money and Awareness to Fight Ataxia
In recognition of International Ataxia Awareness Day, the San Diego Support Group of the National Ataxia Foundation invites participants and spectators to The First Annual Charley McLaughlin 2K Walk n' Roll For Ataxia. The event will be held on Saturday, September 29, at Tuna Harbor Park next to downtown San Diego's Fish Market (750 North Harbor Drive), in the shadows of the USS Midway. Free parking is available at the Fish Market. Registration runs from 7 - 8 AM, and the Walk n' Roll starts at 8 AM.

There is no registration fee; donations will be gladly accepted. All proceeds benefit the National Ataxia Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1957 to help families affected by hereditary or sporadic ataxia. Ataxia is an often-fatal degenerative neurological disorder that affects the balance, coordination, and speech of more than 150,000 men, women and children in the United States. As the disease progresses, it also can impact heart, sight, and hearing. Ataxia can strike anyone at any time; children, adolescents, and adults are all affected.

Charley McLaughlin, the event's namesake, was a native San Diegan who died earlier this year at age 44 from complications caused by Friedreich's Ataxia. Charley's brother Earl, who also suffers from Friedreich's Ataxia, is a leader of the San Diego Ataxia Support Group.

For more event information, or to volunteer, contact Earl McLaughlin at (619) 447-3753 or sdasg@cox.net. To find out more about ataxia, visit www.ataxia.org. To see how one Scripps Research lab is advancing knowledge about Friedreich's ataxia, see "Team Reverses Friedreich's Ataxia Defect in Cell Culture" and the Gottesfeld lab website.

Library Tip: SciFinder Scholar 2007
SciFinder Scholar 2007 for PC and Mac is now available to Scripps Research faculty, students, and staff. Go to the Library's Software download page to get started.

Try these new features:

  • Use Categorize. This powerful and easy-to-use search tool takes advantage of the index terms used in your sets.
  • Combine answer sets. You can now save your answer sets and combine them with other sets of the same type (reference, substance, or reaction).
  • Export Commercial Chemicals records into Microsoft Excel Answer Sets. Create reports and export catalog information to Excel.
  • Explore from substance displays. Launch a new structure search by clicking on any structure in an answer set.
  • Print structures in a grid layout.
  • Take advantage of new compatibility with Windows Vista.

Go to the CAS website to learn more about the new features of SciFinder Scholar 2007, some of which were previously offered only in the commercial version.

For more information, contact the Kresge Library Help Desk, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.

Upcoming Onsite Clinics
On Monday, September 24, Wednesday, September 26, and Friday, September 28, personnel from Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group will be onsite to conduct TB screenings, hepatitis B immunizations, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations.

The clinics will be conducted in the 3366 Building, in Room 325, on the third floor, from 11 AM to 2 PM on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

No appointments are necessary. TB screening requires a 48 to 72 hour follow-up. Individuals receiving the TB screen on Monday will need to return on Wednesday, and individuals screened on Wednesday, will need to return on Friday. Initiation of the TB screening process will not be available on Friday, but hepatitis B immunization, serum draws, and tetanus immunizations will be. To learn more about these programs, see the Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine web page.


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