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Matthew Cross Awarded American Cancer Society Fellowship

Matthew Cross, research associate in the Boger lab, has been awarded a three-year American Cancer Society (ACS) fellowship for his project “Design and Synthesis of a Novel Vinblastine Covalent Inhibitor."

The ACS award supports the training of postdoctoral researchers, providing initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research.

Cross also received an NIH National Cancer Institute fellowship, which he declined in favor of the ACS award. The Scripps Research Office of Sponsored Programs staff believes Cross may be the first postdoctoral fellow at the institute to receive both awards simultaneously.

SOF Research Symposium Winners Announced

The Society of Fellows (SOF) and the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office announced the oral and poster presentation winners from the 2012 Fall Research Symposium, held September 19 on the California campus. The oral presentations were judged by Scripps Research faculty, and the posters were evaluated by all symposium attendees. Each winner received a cash prize.

In addition, Abhishek Chatterjee, research associate in the Schultz lab, received the Jared Purton Memorial Award. The annual award recognizes an outstanding oral presentation at the research symposium with an extra cash allotment and matching donation to the Jared F. Purton Foundation.

Oral presentation winners were:

  • Immunology and Microbial Science: Yi Ting Koh (first place), Amanda MacLeod (second place), Jose Garcia (third place)
  • Cell & Molecular Biology: Eveline Bouwens (first place), Toshihide Kurihara (second place), Wei Xiong (third place)
  • Chemistry and Structural Biology: Abhishek Chatterjee (first place), David Veesler (second place), Timothy Barker (third place)
  • Experimental Medicine, Neurosciences, and Translational Research: Ku-lung Hsu (first place), Jeffrey Savas (second place), Rupak Doshi (third place)

Poster presentation winners included:

  • Immunology and Microbial Science: Kiyomi Komori, Marianne Chabod
  • Cell and Molecular Biology: Elena Menichelli, Nabanita De
  • Chemistry and Structural Biology: Nicole Schirle, Rakesh Sit
  • Experimental Medicine, Neurosciences, and Translational Research: Sheena Saayman, Ranjeet Sinha

Faculty and Staff Honored for Long-Time Service to Institute

Faculty and staff commemorating significant anniversaries with Scripps Research were honored recently at service award banquets in California and Florida.

Expressing gratitude for their contributions and dedication “to the research, to the science, and the overall successes at Scripps Research,” Cindy Scott-Lunau, vice-president of Human Resources, told the honorees, “You are a testament to Scripps Research as a great place to develop and enjoy a career!”

Florida’s recognition event, held September 15 at the Admiral’s Cove restaurant in Jupiter, celebrated 16 honorees marking five years of service to the institute and one—Lawrence Douglass of the Office of Sponsored Programs—celebrating 10 years with Scripps Research.

The 213 service award honorees on the California campus were feted September 21 at the Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum. The longest-serving honoree—at 45 years—was James Hoch, who joined the Scripps Research faculty in 1967.

Each honoree received an original hand-crafted crystal tower, comprising a capstone and individual cumulative crystal blocks representing five-year service milestones. The award also included a cash gift card.

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Among the keynote speakers at the Fall Symposium was Kellogg School alumnus Chris Vanderwal (right) of UC Irvine, shown here with his symposium host Matt Cross of the Boger lab.

Fall Symposium keynote speaker John Cambier (center) of the University of Colorado, Denver, is welcomed by his symposium hosts Amanda MacLeod (left) of the Havran lab and Yi Ting Koh of the Kono lab.