Vol 11. Issue 17 / May 16, 2011


In Brief

Martha Fedor to Speak at NWiS LectureSeries
Scripps Research Professor Martha Fedor is the featured speaker in the May 24 Female Faculty Lecture Series presentation, sponsored by the California campus Network of Women in Science (NWiS). Fedor's topic is "A Career Perspective." The lecture is scheduled at 3:30 PM in the Molecular Biology Building Committee Lecture Hall. Contact NWiS chair Andrea Zuhl for further information.

Styrofoam Now Recyclable on California Campus
Styrofoam, the ubiquitous packaging material, can now be recycled on the California campus, announced Mario Osornio, Environmental Services quality assurance and training coordinator.

Scripps Research scientists and staff are encouraged to recycle all forms of styrofoam, placing smaller pieces in the blue single-stream recycling bins. Larger pieces may be left in the hallways outside labs for Environmental Services pickup.

While styrofoam recycling cannot currently be accommodated on the Scripps Florida campus, Safety Coordinator and Green Team member Carol Swete notes the campus may begin the eco-friendly practice in the future.

Fairs for Good Health
Promoting education and highlighting healthy-living resources, both Scripps Research campuses will stage Health Fairs during May. In La Jolla, the annual fair is set for Wednesday, May 18, 11 AM to 1 PM in the Immunology Building breezeway. The Jupiter campus Health Fair will be held Tuesday, May 24, 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM in rooms B158-B159 and in the Café.

Both events will feature health and wellness screenings—including body fat analysis, spinal screenings, and blood pressure testing—fitness and recreation demonstrations, chair massages, giveaways, and food samples. Exhibitors will include the American Red Cross; San Diego Humane Society; Costco; Sam's Club; Legoland, Disneyworld, and SeaWorld; and Fidelity Investment, as well as medical and dental insurance companies, including those affiliated with Scripps Research benefit plans. All Scripps Research employees and graduate students are invited to attend.

Lunch & Learn: "The Human-Animal Bond"
Exploring the physical and mental health benefits of pet ownership is the topic of the next Lunch & Learn presentation Tuesday, May 24 at noon in the California campus's Molecular Biology Building Committee Lecture Hall. The presentation will be streamed live to the Florida campus, room B158, at 3 PM (Eastern time).

In the event, sponsored by the Counseling and Physiological Services Department, featured speaker Lorri Greene, clinical psychologist, author, and recognized expert on the human-animal bond, will cover:

  • Research on the importance of the human/pet connection
  • Specific physical benefits of pet ownership
  • The positive effects of companion animals on mental health and quality-of-life issues.

New Location Set for Annual Scripps California Golf Tournament
Duffers and golf wizzes alike take heed: the 16th annual California Scripps Golf Tournament will be held Thursday, July 28, in a new location: the Riverwalk Golf Club in San Diego. The club offers a newly redesigned course, prominently featuring the San Diego River.

Scheduled for 12:30 to 8 PM, the tournament's $65-per-person fee includes green fees, warm-up/driving range balls, and dinner. The scramble format allows 36 four-person teams; each team must include at least two Scripps Research employees. Individual players will be matched with teams whenever possible, according to organizer Todd Maxwell, safety officer with Environmental Health and Safety.

Reservations are available on a first-come, first-play basis and must be paid by July 1. A reservation form for the 2011 tournament will be available at the Sports@Scripps golf webpage in the near future, said Maxwell.

This year's event will feature trophies and prizes awarded to the top teams, closest to the pin, and longest drive. According to Maxwell, "We will also continue our recent tradition of honoring our fallen friend with the 'Jared Purton Spirit Award,' bestowed on the player(s) who best represent the 'duffer spirit.'"

For further tournament details, contact Maxwell.

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Event Showcases Nearly 100 Vendors
The 21st annual Vendor Show, sponsored by the Society of Fellows, drew nearly 100 local and national biotech companies to the California campus to showcase new technologies, products, and services. The event was open to scientists and researchers from Scripps Research and neighboring institutions. (Photo by Cindy Brauer.)