Vol 11. Issue 4 / January 31, 2010

In Brief

Marisa Roberto to Speak February 9 in Faculty Lecture Series
Marisa Roberto, associate professor in the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, is the featured presenter at the next event in the Scripps Research Faculty Lecture Series on the California campus, Wednesday, February 9, at 5 PM.

Roberto will discuss "Alcohol Dependence: Synaptic Neuroadaptations in the Amygdala." The Roberto lab is researching the specific neuronal mechanisms underlying synaptic and/or molecular changes that influence the development of drug addiction and alcohol dependence.

The lecture will be held in the Valerie Timken Amphitheater, Green Hospital. A reception will follow in the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Building, first floor. For more information see Roberto's Faculty Lecture Series webpage.

IT Services: Top 10 Things You Need to Know About the New Websites
In anticipation of the launch of the new Scripps Research websites (the public-facing internet site and the employee-oriented intranet site), IT Services has provided a helpful list of tips to help Scripps Research scientists and staff navigate the new structures. The department's top 10 tips are:

1) The directory is on the INTRANET.

2) While previously www.scripps.edu would automatically direct you to the internal or external site depending on your computer's location, in the new setup at www.scripps.edu presents ONLY the external site… no matter who you are or where you are.

3) To access the intranet from the external web site, click the link "intranet" in the banner or footers of www.scripps.edu. If you're on campus you may also type http://intranet.scripps.edu in your browser.

4) Most things employees need are on the INTRANET… Look there first!

5) If you're on the intranet reading "old" content (with the old look and feel), you can navigate back to the new intranet home page by clicking the Scripps Research logo in the upper left corner of your screen.

6) Faculty and their administrative assistants can update faculty biosketch pages directly at http://intranet.scripps.edu/directory/admin/

7) You can access the intranet from anywhere you have internet access. If you're off campus, you will be asked to authenticate using your Scripps Research ID and password.

8) You will still need to be on campus or using regular VPN to access journals through the Kresge Library.

9) To report a problem with either the external or internal website, go to: http://intranet.scripps.edu/its/webadmin/contact.html

10) If things look out of place, it may be your browser settings. Try resetting your browser to view 100 percent or check to see if your browser is set to a higher font size.

Career Workshop Features Industry Recruiters Panel
Science industry job trends and tips on working with recruiters are among agenda topics at a postdoctoral career workshop featuring a panel of local recruitment experts Tuesday, February 1, at 5 PM in the Keck Amphitheater, La Jolla, CA campus.

"Making the Most of Your Relationships with Recruiters" is the focus of the workshop, sponsored by the Society of Fellows and the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office.

Workshop panelists include:

  • Amber Kirsten-Smit, executive scientific search consultant, Kelly Scientific Resources
  • Barbara Preston, senior executive recruiter, PharmaScouts
  • Lisa Sweeney., executive life science recruiter, Raindance Partners

A networking reception will follow the workshop. For further postdoctoral services information, visit the office website.

NWiS Coffee Hour to Examine Publishing Issues
The challenges of publishing scientific papers – including authorship issues – is the focus of the next Network for Women in Science (NWiS) Coffee Hour, Tuesday, February 1, 3 PM at the Faculty Club on the California campus. The event, "Navigating Authorship Detours on the Road to Publication," will feature Dena Plemmons, University of California San Diego professor and research ethicist. According to organizers, Plemmons will present difficult authorship scenarios for discussion and share her expertise in the area.

Peet's Coffee and refreshments will be provided. The event is open to all Scripps Research students, faculty, and research staff. For further information regarding the NWiS, visit their webpage and Facebook page.

Food Drive Donations Hit Record Amount
ScrippsAssists' highly successful 2010 Holiday Food Drive on the California campus collected record amounts of food and monetary donations, report organizers Taylor Cohen and Mishelle Shinn, both Scripps Research senior administrative assistants.

Benefitting the San Diego Food Bank (SDFB), the 2010 drive raised 1,155 lbs. of food and $1,174 in funding donations, more than any previous year, according to Cohen.

Food donations were collected in specially marked red bins placed throughout the institute campus during December and January.

Established in 1977, the SDFB distributes over 15 million pounds of food annually to individuals, families, and a network of nonprofit organizations working to alleviate hunger throughout the county. The organization estimates 500,000 of San Diego County's 3.1 million residents live at or near the federal poverty level, facing "food insecurity," i.e., they have little or no food available and often don't know where their next meal will come from.

Soldiers Send Thanks for 75 Support Boxes
ScrippsAssists fundraising efforts at Scripps California for Standing Tall Together's Soldier Holiday Drive collected nearly $5,000 in both monetary and goods donations, enabling the group to send more than 75 boxes to troops deployed in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bahrain, and Georgia, according to Meghan Munden, research technician at Scripps Research and Standing Tall Together co-founder.

  • Expressing gratitude for the drive response, Munden shared e-mailed messages from the troops who received the boxes over the holidays:
  • "I just wanted to let you know that I did receive your care package and that I am extremely thankful. We've had some ups and downs and knowing that we have people from home supporting us means a lot!"
  • "The package was great and you're right, hot cofåfee and warm socks does make us more comfortable. I can't begin to tell you how much hot coffee can make the day better on those mornings when the temp is in the single digits. It's tough to brush your teeth when your toothpaste is frozen, so heating up coffee makes dealing with the elements a little more tolerable."
  • "Thanks for all the support you've given to me and my guys, as well as, all the other platoons deployed throughout the world!"

The non-profit Standing Tall Together organization benefits U.S. soldiers before and during their active duty deployments.


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ScrippsAssists collected nearly $5,000 in both monetary and goods donations—enough for Standing Tall Together to send more than 75 care packages to U.S. troops stationed abroad. (See Solders Send Thanks.)