Vol 11. Issue 24 / August 15, 2011


In Brief

New Mentor Award Program Seeks Nominations
The Scripps California Society of Fellows (SOF) and the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office have established a new Outstanding Mentor Award to recognize "the considerable dedication of faculty who consistently and enthusiastically serve as effective mentors of graduate students and postdocs."

The award recipient, who will be announced at the Fall Research Symposium, will be honored with a plaque and $1,000 in funding to support team building or training efforts in his or her lab.

Postdocs and graduate students may nominate any faculty member "who has guided and contributed to their personal or professional development through a mutually trusting and respectful relationship." Specifically, award nominees should be faculty who:

  • Develop mentees' research and professional skills, such as writing, presenting, and networking
  • Respect and support scholars' goals by articulating clear expectations, providing thoughtful feedback, and facilitating collaborations
  • Offer valuable career planning advice and are proactive and effective in scholars' job searches
  • Model effective communication, serve as a role model for conducting research responsibly, and/or act as an advocate in difficult situations

Due Friday, September 2, nominations will be reviewed by SOF Executive Committee members and the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office. The nomination form and instructions are available online .

Library Tip: New Resources Now Available
The Kresge Library is pleased to announce the addition of two new journals and access to an important journal archive. Scripps Research scientists, students, and staff now have online access to Molecular BioSystems and Science Translational Medicine. These two journals have been highly requested and are relevant to work at Scripps Research.

Although access to the Journal of Molecular Biology was available back to 1995 online, obtaining previous years required scanning print copies. Now, the full archive of the Journal of Molecular Biology is also available online.

The library hopes adding these resources enriches investigator, student, and staff research, and saves time. Please send comments to helplib@scripps.edu.

Career Workshop Series: Structuring Your Scientific Paper
Developing and producing effective scientific papers, theses, and technical reports is the topic of the next Career Workshop session, scheduled for Tuesday, August 23 on the California campus and sponsored by the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office, Graduate Office, and Society of Fellows.

The workshop will be held from 1:30 to 3 PM in the Beckman Center's Keck Amphitheater.

Presented by frequent Career Workshop speaker Jean-luc Doumont, the session will explore structuring scientific reports and papers at all levels to secure readers' attention, facilitate navigation, and "get the message across optimally," according to Doumont's course description.

An engineer from the Louvain School of Engineering and PhD in applied physics from Stanford University, Doumont trains engineers, scientists, and business people in effective communication, pedagogy, statistical thinking, and related themes.

Workshop reservations are not required. For further information on the Career Workshop series and other upcoming career-related events, contact Ryan Wheeler, rwheeler@scripps.edu or x4-9740, or visit the Career and Postdoctoral Services webpage.

SOF Industry Bridge Program Applications Begin
The first round of applications for the Industry Bridge Program begin Monday, August 15. The program, presented by the Scripps California Society of Fellows (SOF) and the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office, is designed to acquaint graduate students and postdocs with industry careers through onsite visits to local biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies. Scripps Research participants can obtain industry exposure, interact with industry scientists, and learn how to effectively transition to industry. Companies participating this fall include Illumina, Vertex, and Pfizer.

Industry Bridge Program eligibility, specific application procedures, and proposal guidelines are available on the Career and Postdoctoral Services webpage.

'Spirit of Fun' Highlights 16th Annual Scripps California Golf Tournament
The first clues were the golfer in the kilt and the one in the wedding dress—this definitely wasn't The Masters. It was, however, the singularly distinctive Scripps Research California Golf Tournament, a duffer's event held for the first time this year at San Diego's Riverwalk Golf Club July 28th.

Lending to the event's uniquely informal character was its traditional good-humored homage to former player and Scripps Research scientist Jared Purton, who was killed in a 2009 car accident.

"To celebrate and remember Jared and his amazing sense of humor, we reward those who best display the spirit of fun on which this tournament is based," said organizer Todd Maxwell, safety officer with Environmental Health and Safety.

"Spirit Awards" for the 16th annual tournament, which drew 136 participants, were presented to M.G. Finn, Scripps Research professor clad in a red plaid kilt with green socks; Kurt Breitenkamp, research associate, resplendent in lime-green polo shirt and multihued polka-dotted slacks; and Kathy Spencer, scientific associate, who played the entire course in a lace-trimmed wedding dress.

Three strokes separated top team winners in the scramble format tournament. Winning teams included:

  • First place (score of 61): Patrick Skog, research assistant in the Nemazee lab, and his brother Ryan, and guest players Bob "Old Guy" Harrington and Tony Tomlinson.
  • Second place (62): Matt Moore and Gregg Bowers, both from Facilities Services, and Lance Penza and Scott Swearingen, both with vendor Alpha Mechanical.
  • Third place (63): Kim Janda, professor, and his son Chris; Lisa Eubanks, staff scientist in the Janda lab; and Ryan Troseth, administrative assistant in the Ghadiri lab.

Last place team honors were awarded to Sharon Kwan, technology development representative in the Scripps Research Office of Technology Development; Blair Szymczyna and Stephen Edgcomb, both research associates in the Williamson lab; and Shiva Bhowmik, research associate in the Lesley lab.

Other tournament awards included "Longest Drive" – Jake Boyle, with vendor DPR Construction, and Grace Kennedy, research assistant in the Chun lab; and "Closest to the Pin" – guest players Evan Biundo and Ed LaCoste.


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Earning first place team honors in Scripps California Golf Tournament were (left to right) Ryan Skog, Bob "Old Guy" Harrington, Patrick Skog, and Tony Tomlinson.

Proudly capturing the last place team trophy were (left to right) Sharon Kwan, Blair Szymczyna, Shiva Bhowmik, and Stephen Edgcomb.