Vol 9. Issue 28 / September 28, 2009

In Brief

Don't Miss the SOF Fall Research Symposium

The Society of Fellows (SOF) welcomes faculty, staff, and students to this year's Fall Research Symposium, which features presentations by junior scientists, on Thursday, October 1, on the La Jolla campus. Topics will include chemistry, chemical biology, structural biology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, molecular, and experimental medicine, neurosciences, and translational research. Research abstracts will be presented during an oral session (Beckman Building Keck Amphitheater, 11:30 AM – 5 PM) and a moderated poster session (Beckman galleria, 4:30 - 6 PM; posters will be available for viewing starting at 10 AM). Presenters in both sessions will compete for cash prizes awarded for best in category.

Keynote lectures will feature Professor Wim G. J. Hol of the University of Washington, speaking on "Tropical Diseases, Molecular Machines, and the Power of Llamas," from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM, and Andrew Dillin of the Salk Institute, speaking on "Finding Specificity in the Genetics of Aging," from 2:30 to 3:30 PM. Both of these lectures will take place in the Beckman building Keck Amphitheater.

For more information on the event, which is co-sponsored by the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office, see SOF's Fall Research Symposium webpage.

NWiS Coffee Hour: "Science and Politics"

Join the Network for Women in Science (NWiS) for its October coffee hour discussion of science and politics, jumping off from a recent article in Science magazine "A Global Perspective on Science and Technology" by David Baltimore (available at http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/322/5901/544). The discussion, to be led by Research Associate Sarah Tully, will be held on Monday, October 5 from 3 to 4 PM in the Faculty Club. Coffee and snacks will be provided. This event, like all NWiS events, is open to all of Scripps Research and the group welcomes male colleagues. Read more about NWiS and this event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=143364170746.

HR and Finance Departments Announce Changes to PPL Cash Out

The Scripps Research Human Resources and Finance Departments are pleased to announce that as of October 1, 2009, employees eligible for a Paid Personal Leave (PPL) payout may request the payout at anytime during the year rather than the set date normally held in December. Eligible employees must still have a balance of at least 200 hours when making the request and may cash out up to 40 hours of PPL on a calendar basis. Employees eligible for the cash out include benefit eligible staff who participate in the Cash Balance Retirement Plan.

The cash out will be processed as part of the next administratively possible pay period after Payroll has received the cash out request. The request must be submitted through the Scripps Research Employee Online module (https://eo.scripps.edu/EmployeeOnline/). After logging into Employee Online, select Leave Balance/PPL Cash Out from the Payroll Menu in the left column.

Further information regarding the PPL Cash Out can be found in Administrative Guideline 1.55 Paid Time Off – Paid Personal Leave/Extended Sick Leave and the Paid Personal Leave/Extended Sick Leave Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If you have any questions, please contact Benefits Administration at 858-784-8487 or benefits@scripps.edu.

Library Tip: New Scanning Station

T he Kresge Library is pleased to announce the availability of a new scanning station in the library. This scanner may be useful to those who wish to create a high resolution, color PDF copy of your lab notebooks.

The Bookeye scanner takes just a few minutes to learn how to use. Schedule an appointment with the library's Danielle Hoggan to get started, and bring a flash drive, CD, or DVD to save your PDF file.

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



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