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Phil Baran Wins Distinguished Scientist Award

Scripps Research Institute Professor Phil S. Baran has been named recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS)-San Diego.

The award recognizes Baran's "contributions in the area of synthetic organic chemistry, especially creativity in pushing its boundaries with innovative and thoughtful solutions to synthetic problems." It also acknowledges his mentorship of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and interactions with the San Diego science community.

Previous winners of the honor include: Kimberly Prather, H. Jane Dyson/Peter Wright, John W. Kozarich, Jr., John E. Johnson Jr., J. Andrew McCammon, Julius Rebek Jr., Roger Y. Tsien, William H. Rastetter, William G. Tong, Mark Thiemens, Murray Goodman, Leslie Orgel, Chi-Huey Wong, Susan S. Taylor, K. C. Nicolaou, Richard Houghten, Marjorie Caserio, K. Barry Sharpless and Bruno Zimm.

As part of the award program, Baran, who is a member of the Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), will deliver a lecture "Can Innovative Chemistry Save the Practice of Drug Discovery?" on Wednesday, October 24. The event, which costs $30 ($15 with student ID), includes a no-host bar (open at 6 PM), dinner (6:30 PM) and lecture (7:30 PM). It will be held UCSD Faculty Club, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla.

Those interested in registering for the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award Banquet Lecture should do so by Friday, October 19 at

Peterson-Loring Stem Cell Lab Manual Goes to Second Edition

The second edition of Human Stem Cell Manual: A Laboratory Guide, a "how-to" volume edited by TRSI Professor Jeanne Loring and Staff Scientist Suzanne Peterson to assist stem cell biologists has been published by Elsevier Science.

Available in print and as a Barnes and Noble Nook e-book, the updated textbook includes new chapters devoted to recently developed methods, such as iPSC technology, written by scientists who made these breakthroughs.

According to Barnes and Noble reviewer Bruce Fenderson of Thomas Jefferson University, the Peterson-Loring manual is a “reader-friendly book is an outstanding contribution to the literature in stem cell biology … Every laboratory that works with human stem cells should have two copies of this book: one to get marked up at the lab bench and one to keep clean.”

Oktoberfest Success Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Presented by the Havran and Sauer labs with the Society of Fellows, the second annual Oktoberfest Bratwurst BBQ, held recently on the California campus, raised more than $2,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).

More than 160 participants from TSRI and other research institutions attended the Oktoberfest, enjoying locally made bratwurst, homemade German potato salad, authentic sauerkraut and original German barrel pickles along with German-style beverages.

The event was coordinated with the LLS national “Light the Night Walk” campaign. Proceeds fund blood cancer research and LLS patient/family programs and resources. The TSRI fundraising group, calling themselves the Mission Team Researchers, is organized by Professor Wendy Havran, Associate Professor Karsten Sauer (an LLS Scholar award recipient andmember of theLLS San Diego/Hawaii chapter board of trustees), postdoc Amanda McLeod (Havran lab) and graduate student Luise Sternberg (Sauer lab), and Daniella Carslon, administrative assistant in the Sauer lab.

Fundraising for the LLS on the California campus will continue Monday, October 15, at 7:30 AM with a culinary journey to France as Claire Conche and Stephanie Rigaud, both research fellows in the Sauer lab, host a French pastries sale at the main entrance to the Immunology Building. Bakery items will include crêpes, madeleines, financiers, cannellés, quatre quarts and tartes aux fruits.

Additional donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Mission Team Researchers can be made by cash or online

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The San Diego chapter of the American Chemical Society has honored Professor Phil Baran with the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award.