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Ryan Shenvi Receives New Investigator Award

Ryan Shenvi, assistant professor at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has received the Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals (BI) 2012 New Investigator Award. The award is dedicated to enhancing the careers of talented scientific professionals around the world, according to the award announcement.

As part of the award, Shenvi will present a lecture next spring at the BI research and development center in Ridgefield, Conn., headquarters of BI Corporation USA. The global pharmaceutical company comprises 145 affiliated companies with more than 44,000 employees.

Research in the Shenvi lab focuses on complex molecule synthesis, exploration of chemical reactivity and expansion of the tools available to synthetic chemists.

Travis Hughes Awarded Ruth Kirschstein Fellowship

Travis Hughes, postdoctoral fellow in the Kojetin lab, has received a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his project “Linking partial and non-agonist induced dynamics to PPAR gamma functions.”

The Kirschstein fellowship provides up to three years of support for promising postdoctoral fellows who have the potential to become productive, independent investigators within the broad scope of biomedical, behavioral or clinical research, according to the NIH.

Hughes’s research focuses on determining how different PPAR binding anti-diabetes drugs affect how PPAR moves, with the goal of to develop more effective anti-diabetes drugs. Earlier this year, Hughes won an American Heart Association fellowship, which he resigned to accept the NIH award.

Annual Kellogg School Retreat Provides Opportunity to ‘Revel in Science’

In an idyllic locale, surrounded by the mountains and pine trees of the San Bernardino National Forest, 118 students and 29 faculty members presented and discussed science during the TSRI Kellogg School of Science and Technology’s 2012 Graduate Student Symposium, held October 14 to 16 at Lake Arrowhead.

“The annual student retreat is a highlight of the year for me,” said Jaime Williamson, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies at TSRI. “We bring the whole student body together to revel in our science, through the talks, the posters and informal discussions. The student talks are amazing—at the level of any scientific conference that I've been to.”

Students from both California and Florida campuses and the TSRI Skaggs-Oxford program attended the three-day retreat, which included two full days of student oral and poster presentations. In addition, the agenda provided free time for networking and small group interactions, as well as recreational activities, including volleyball, swimming, soccer and tennis.

A highlight of the retreat was the Distinguished Faculty Lecture featuring Department of Chemistry Professor Donna Blackmond. "Donna gave an inspirational talk that spanned her entire career. She described how the experience at each stage shaped her thinking, and she was able to present her work on complex reaction kinetics in a way that was accessible to all," said Williamson.

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The annual Kellogg School retreat featured two days of student oral and poster presentations. Shown here are Christina Dreyton (left) of the Thompson lab, with Ariadna Amador of the Burris and Kenny labs, discussing Amador’s poster. (Photo by Weston Dunn.)