Vol 10. Issue 31 / November 1, 2010


Harry Orf Receives BioFlorida Leadership Award
Harry W. Orf, vice president of scientific operations and professor of chemistry at the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute, has received the Weaver H. Gaines Leadership Award from BioFlorida, Florida's bioscience industry association. Named after the co-founding director and former chairman of BioFlorida, The Gaines Award is presented to an individual in the private or public sector who has made extraordinary contributions to the growth of Florida's life sciences industry.

"We honor our winners this year for being committed advocates for advancing biosciences in Florida," said Russell Allen, President and CEO of BioFlorida. "They play pivotal roles in helping grow the state's bioscience cluster to reach its full potential."

Ming Chen Wins ACS Fellowship
Ming Chen, a fourth-year graduate student on the Florida campus of Scripps Research, has received a competitive fellowship from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Organic Chemistry sponsored by Pfizer, Inc. Chen is working in the laboratory of William R. Roush, who is professor in the Department of Chemistry, executive director of medicinal chemistry, and Scripps Florida associate dean. Chen is currently researching the development of functionalized chiral allylboranes via allene hydroboration and applications in natural product synthesis. For more information, see the ACS website.

Scripps Florida Graduate Studies Launches Facebook Page
In anticipation of the December 1 application deadline for the next year's graduate admissions cycle and as part of the ongoing effort to engage current students and alumni, Scripps Florida has launched a Facebook page to raise the awareness of the Kellogg School of Science and Technology. The Kellogg School offers graduate studies in the biological and chemical sciences to students on both the California and Florida campuses of The Scripps Research Institute.

To visit the new Facebook page, go to: www.facebook.com/ScrippsFloridaGrad. To help get the word out, feel free to indicate you "Like" the page, as well as using the "Suggest to Friends" feature (below the Scripps Florida logo/picture).

Other social networking pages that have been launched by the Scripps Research Graduate Office include a LinkedIn page for Scripps Research students and alumni, available at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=131099, and a LinkedIn page for the Scripps Research postdoc community, available at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=1197387.

For more information on the Kellogg School, see also the Kellogg School website. For more information on The Scripps Research Institute, see the Scripps Research website and the general Scripps Research Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ScrippsResearchInstitute.

Send comments to: mikaono[at]scripps.edu


Scripps Florida's Harry Orf was presented with the Weaver H. Gaines Leadership Award at BioFlorida's 13th annual conference on October 26. (Photo courtesy of BioFlorida.)