Vol 11. Issue 1 / January 10, 2011
F1000 Ranks Patapoutian Lab Paper Among Top Five in Biology in 2010
The F1000 is a global scientific review network of more than 10,000 faculty experts whose evaluations form a fully searchable resource identifying the best research available. According to the group, "this year's most important papers were not those that made the front page of international newspapers, but the quiet and persistent investigations of the molecular foundations of life."
Chemical & Engineering News Lists Baran Lab Work Among Top 2010 Achievements
Baran and his team completed the first total synthesis of palau’amine – "a dauntingly complex alkaloid" – with the help of "a daring cyclization reaction," describes C&EN. The marine product is isolated from the sponge Stylotella agminata in waters near the Pacific Ocean Republic of Palua.
Jin-Quan Yu Wins Novartis Early Career Award
The Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry is presented annually to "outstanding scientists within 10 years of having established an independent academic research career in the areas of organic or bioorganic chemistry in the broadest sense." In the award announcement, Novartis describes Yu as "a leader in the field of transition metal-catalysed C-H activation [who] has had a significant impact on how we envision assembling molecules."
Wendy Havran Awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of Copenhagen
Graduate Office Announces Merit Awards
The awards include:
• Erin Anderson, who is working in the Boger lab, and Crystal Moran, who is working in the Deniz lab, has received scholarships from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS). An all-volunteer organization, the ARCS Foundation is dedicated to helping the best and brightest students in science, engineering, and medicine nationwide.
• Erin Anderson also has received the Novartis Graduate Fellowship in Organic Chemistry for Minorities and Women. Novartis Institutes of BioMedical Research provides this one-year fellowship to encourage women and minorities to continue in the field of organic chemistry.
• Candacia Greeman of the Williamson lab has been awarded the Andrea Elizabeth Vogt Memorial Award, made possible by the generosity of Scripps Research Professor Peter K. Vogt.
• Laura Walker and Jonathan Long have received Norton B. Gilula Graduate Student Fellowships. Walker is a grad student in the Burton lab, while Long is affiliated with the Cravatt lab. The Gilula Fellowship, primarily supported by contributions from Scripps Research faculty and administration, honors the late Norton Gilula, cell biologist and first dean of the Scripps Research graduate program.
• Sophie Sun of the Schultz lab has been named recipient of the Abrams Charitable Trust Award. The award provides support to an outstanding continuing student for educational and training activities.
• Keary Mark Engle of the Yu lab has been awarded the Jairo Arevelo Fellowship, established in the memory of Scripps Research’s first doctoral degree recipient. The award recipient is selected by a Scripps Research faculty committee based on academic scholarship, achievement, enthusiasm, motivation, commitment, and “thirst for knowledge.”
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