Vol 8. Issue 30 / October 13, 2008

In Brief

Career Workshop: "Guidelines for a Successful Postdoc Experience"

Cell Biology Professor and Chair Sandra Schmid will present a workshop on the steps and skills needed for productive postdoctoral training at Scripps Research on Thursday, October 23, from 3 to 4:30 PM. Specific topics will include: goal setting and expectations, time management, networking, when to move on, and Scripps Research (and other) resources. The workshop, arranged by Schmid and the Career & Postdoctoral Services Office, will be held in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Center, La Jolla campus. All Scripps Research faculty, postdocs, and graduate students are welcome to attend. No RSVP required. Contact Ryan Wheeler, x4-9740, for more information.

Open Forum Postdoc Meeting
The Office of Career and Postdoctoral Services invites Scripps Research postdoctoral fellows to an open forum on Thursday, October 23 at 5 PM in the Keck Amphitheater (immediately following the "Guidelines to a Successful Postdoc Experience" seminar). This open forum, held specifically for postdocs as part of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges reaccreditation process, is an opportunity to hear about the institute's reaccreditation and to share ideas, questions, and concerns relating to the Scripps Research postdoc experience. The agenda for the meeting includes: a summary of reaccreditation activities, a summary of the results of recent self-study surveys, and an open discussion of ideas and initiatives to enhance the scientific training environment. If there are other issues that you would like to place on the agenda, please contact Ryan Wheeler, rwheeler@scripps.edu, in advance of the meeting. No RSVP required.

Library Tip: Symyx Databases Now Available
The Kresge Library is pleased to announce the campus-wide availability of the Symyx databases (formerly MDL) on DiscoveryGate at http://www.discoverygate.com. These databases were previously available only for the PC using the ISIS/Base client software. The web-based platform of DiscoveryGate now allows access for both Mac and PC users.

The Symyx suite of databases includes:
 • Available Chemicals Directory (ACD)
 • Screening Compounds Directory (MDL-SCD)
 • ChemInform Reaction Library
 • Comprehensive Medicinal Chemistry (CMC)
 • Drug Data Report (MDDR)
 • Metabolite database
 • Toxicity database
 • National Cancer Institute (NCI)
 • Organic Syntheses (ORGSYN)
 • Derwent Journal of Synthetic Methods
 • Solid Phase Organic Reactions (SPORE)

Prior to using DiscoveryGate, you must configure the browser settings on your Mac or PC. Details are provided on the "Getting Started with DiscoveryGate" guides on the Kresge Library website at http://www.scripps.edu/library/discoverygate.html. All users will also need to disable pop-up blockers for discoverygate.com and/or add discoverygate.com as a trusted site. The database subscription is authenticated by IP address so you must connect via the Scripps Research network on campus or using VPN.

First-time PC users need to download an installer to access the databases. From the DiscoveryGate website, select "Download Software" to download and install the file.

Please let Kresge Library staff know in the coming months if the Symyx databases are important for your research, as the subscription is expensive and up for renewal in July 2009. If you have further questions about the Symyx databases on DiscoveryGate or would like to see a demonstration of how these chemistry databases compare to SciFinder Scholar or Beilstein, please contact Aileen Chang, x4-8705 or helplib@scripps.edu.


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