Vol 11. Issue 6 / February 14, 2011

In Brief

Career Workshop Series: "Careers in Industry"
Guidance in locating and transitioning to industry jobs is the focus of the Careers in Industry workshop scheduled for Wednesday, February 16, 1:30 to 3 PM, Pacific time in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building on the Scripps California campus. The event will be streamed live to the Scripps Florida campus, 4:30 to 6 PM Eastern time, in Room B158.

Guest panelists, representing several pharmaceutical and science companies, will share practical advice related to their own career transitions, covering job descriptions, opportunities in the field, training opportunities, and career information resources. Following the panelists' brief presentations, a question and answer session and a networking reception will be held. Refreshments will be served.

Panelists include:

  • Erica Campbell, research scientist, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Stephanie Pond, senior Scientist, Prognosys Biosciences
  • Ewan Taylor, scientist, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Chris Vanselow, proteomics applications scientist, Agilent Technologies
  • Petra Verdino, scientist, AnaptysBio

The event, the latest in the Career Workshop series, is sponsored by the Scripps Research Career and Postdoctoral Services Office and the Society of Fellows.

Workshop Presents Update on New Scripps Research Site
Cary Thomas of IT Services will present a workshop for the California campus on the new Scripps Research website, Wednesday, February 16, noon to 1 PM, Pacific time, in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building. A post-launch session will be streamed to the Florida campus Wednesday, February 23, 3 PM Eastern time, in the Rodney B. Fink Education Pavilion (Auditorium), Building B.

Specifically, the workshop will cover the redesigned website's features, including:

  • Improved navigation
  • External and internal sites
  • Increased functionality
  • Easy remote accessing
  • Self and auto update tools
  • Intranet conversion and clean-up
  • New back-end technologies
  • Plan for distributed authoring
  • Cascade 101 training plan
  • Cascade Power Users

For more information on the new website, see News&Views article "Scripps Research to Launch New Website" or visit the Webmaster page .

How Important is a Good Night's Sleep?
Strategies for improved sleep are among the topics for the Counseling and Psychological Services Department's next Lunch & Learn session on the California campus, slated for Wednesday, February 23, noon, in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building.

Presented by the Daphne Lurie, counseling services director, "Getting Your Zzzz's : The Importance of a Good Night's Sleep" will offer:

  • An understanding of the mechanics of sleep
  • A sense of why sleep is so important to personal well-being
  • Specific strategies for improving the quality of sleep

"Sleep is perhaps the most essential activity we do in a day," Lurie notes. "It restores our bodies and refreshes our minds. Even a bit of sleep loss, over time, can take a toll on mood, energy levels, productivity and well-being."

Green Team Seminar: "Single-Stream Recycling"
The Sustainability Initiative Green Team in Scripps California invites employees to a seminar, "Single Stream Recycling," on Thursday, February 24, from noon to 1 PM in the Keck Auditorium, Beckman Building.

The California-campus-wide single-stream recycling program eliminates sorting and allows everyone to collect recyclables into ONE blue bin. Recyclable material includes:

  • Paper (computer paper, colored ledger, newspaper, mixed paper)
  • Glass (beverage containers)
  • Plastics (1 thru 7)
  • Aluminum (beverage containers, foil)
  • Bi-Metal (food containers, cans)
  • Cardboard boxes
  • CLEAN lab recyclables (empty, rinsed, dried glass & plastics)

The new single-stream recycling program also reduces the institute's collection costs and reduces energy and pollution. Haulers use efficient single-compartment vehicles to collect and compact our recyclables in one trip thereby eliminating additional recycling routes.

Blue recycle bins are available throughout Scripps Research buildings allowing faculty, students, support staff, and visitors to participate and save more resources.

To request additional blue recycle bins, please use the electronic form 75. For further questions, please contact Mario Osornio, x4-2818 or osorniom@scripps.edu.

Applications Due March 1 for New California Postdoctoral Travel Award Program
Applications are due March 1 for the newly instated Scripps Research Society of Fellows (SOF) Postdoctoral Travel Award Program for California postdocs.

Presented by the SOF and the Office of Career and Postdoctoral Services, the program seeks to provide Scripps Research postdoctoral associates in California an opportunity to present scholarly activities at a scientific national or international conference. A maximum of six grants of up to $1,000 each will be awarded for conference-related costs (e.g. travel, housing, registration) incurred within the September 1 to August 31 academic year.

Eligibility, specific application procedures and proposal guidelines can be found on the SOF webpage.

"Daffodil Days" Blooming at Scripps Research
As the February 28 ordering deadline approaches, the American Cancer Society's "Daffodil Days 2011" campaign is thriving at Scripps Research, according to ScrippsAssists organizers. In the campaign's first weeks on the California campus, more than $600 in donations have been collected.

The annual fundraising and awareness-building program offers a selection of fresh daffodil bouquets for donations starting at $10.

Participating in this year's Daffodil Days is easier and more eco-friendly than ever, according to ScrippsAssists organizers. The program has transitioned to a Web-based system. Donors are asked to access the ScrippsAssists Daffodil Days webpage for ordering and campaign information. The order deadline is Monday, February 28, 5 PM. All orders will be delivered to Leslie Madden (MB105C) and may be picked up Wednesday, March 23, beginning at 9 AM.

Donation categories include:

  • $10: bouquet of 10 daffodils (no vase)
  • $20: Sunshine is 10 daffodils with a half-liter clear, glass carafe
  • $35: Vision is 20 daffodils with a clear, 6 in. glass vase

Two additional donation categories—"Bear of Hope" and "Gift of Hope"—offer opportunities to cheer up local cancer patients, according to the ACS. "Gift of Hope" donations, ranging from $25 to $100, underwrite daffodil bouquets anonymously delivered to cancer treatment patients in local hospitals, medical centers, and physician offices. The $25 "Bear of Hope" donations fund delivery of Boyd's teddy bears to pediatric cancer patients at local facilities.

Images of the daffodil bouquets are available at http://www.scripps.edu/~lmadden/daffodil/Daffodil_Days_2011.pdf.

Proceeds from the "Daffodil Days" campaign will help fund ACS programs in cancer research, education, early detection efforts, advocacy, and patient services.

For further information regarding the campaign, contact Leslie Madden, Scripps Research senior administrative assistant, at lmadden@scripps.edu.

News&Views Takes a Holiday
In observance of the Presidents' Day Holiday, News&Views will not be published Monday, February 21. The normal publishing schedule will resume Monday, February 28.


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