Vol 9. Issue 10 / March 23, 2009

In Brief

Stem Cell Researchers to Speak as Part of CIRM Town Forum

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), the state stem cell agency, will hold a Town Forum in San Diego on Tuesday, March 31 at 6:15 PM. The forum provides an opportunity for individuals to hear from some of the most distinguished researchers in the field speaking on how CIRM is investing Proposition 71 funds to improve human health and what advances are being made in stem cell science. The featured speakers are: Scripps Research Institute Professor Jeanne Loring, Burnham Institute Professor Stuart Lipton, and Invitrogen Vice President for Research Mahendra Rao.

The event, which will be held at the San Diego Natural History Museum, 1788 El Prado, in San Diego, is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. To reserve a place, email your name and contact information to pace2curesSD@cirm.ca.gov.

Library Tip: PMCIDs and NIH Public Access Policy

To comply with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy, a PubMed Central reference number (PMCID) is required in NIH grant applications, proposals, and progress reports for any paper "authored by you or [arising] from your NIH funds (even if you are not an author)" (see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm#c8).

One way to find the PMCID number is to use PubMed Central's PMID: PMCID Converter available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/pmctopmid. If you already have the PMID from a PubMed search (it may appear as the Accession Number in your EndNote library), the above converter will provide you with the corresponding PMCID to include in your grant.

If you do not have the PMID number, you can look up a PMCID in PubMed. It will be listed in the lower right corner of the AbstractPlus view. A PMCID number will be assigned as soon as an article has successfully been submitted to PMC (see http://publicaccess.nih.gov/FAQ.htm#c9).

If you have questions about the NIH Public Access Policy, the Kresge Library's website outlining the key points is available at http://www.scripps.edu/library/nihpolicy.html. The NIH Public Access Policy website is available at http://publicaccess.nih.gov/index.htm.

You may contact NIH with your questions about compliance by sending an email to PublicAccess@nih.gov; response time is usually within 24 to 48 hours. Other questions can be directed to the Kresge Library Help Desk, at helplib@scripps.edu or x4-8705.

ScrippsAssists Thanks Daffodil Days Participants

ScrippsAssists, the Scripps Research employee volunteer group, thanks all participants in Daffodil Days 2009, which raised $220,000 in funds throughout San Diego County for the American Cancer Society's research, education, advocacy, and support of free patient programs and services for cancer patients and their families.

"I hope everyone is now enjoying their flowers, vases, and bears," says Leslie Madden, who spearheaded the drive. "TSRI raised $2,930! Way to go! Special kudos to all the volunteers who helped take and distribute orders—without you this campaign would not be possible."

Reminder: 2009 Scientific Report Deadline Is May 15

The due date for faculty submissions for the next Scientific Report will be Friday, May 15. The book will go to press in November for an early January distribution.

Reports may be submitted either on CD or via email to Jann Coury (mail drop TPC-30; email jcoury@scripps.edu). Either way, please also provide a printout of your report and images to your departmental administrator. Additional instructions are available in the guidelines at: http://www.scripps.edu/news/sr/2009guides.pdf.


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