Promotions: Tobin Dickerson, Ian MacRae and Richard Milner Become Associate Professors

The promotions of Tobin Dickerson, Ian MacRae and Richard Milner were announced at the November meeting of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Board of Trustees. All three have achieved the rank of associate professor without tenure.

Dickerson, a member of the Department of Chemistry and the Worm Institute for Research and Medicine, develops technologies that detect and predict pathogen evolution, with particular focus on neglected tropical diseases, and studies the interplay between infectious disease and host immunity. For further information about Dickerson’s work, visit his faculty page or laboratory website.

MacRae, a member of the Department of Molecular Biology, conducts research that centers on understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying RNA interference and related RNA silencing processes, through combining techniques in structural biology with biochemistry and cell biology. See MacRae’s faculty page for additional details.

Milner, a member of the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine, uses a combination of in vivo and in vitro systems to understand how extracellular matrix proteins regulate blood vessel growth and glial cell activation in the central nervous system. Further information is available on his faculty page.

Scripps CA Repeats Commuter Challenge Win

The Scripps California campus captured top honors for the second consecutive year in the 2012 Rideshare Challenge, a month-long iCommute corporate competition to promote work-commute alternatives to driving alone.

Forty-nine San Diego county companies and agencies participated in this year’s challenge. The TSRI effort, sponsored by Student Sustainability Initiative (SSI), the Green Team and the Human Resources Department, won in the Macro Company category. Participants tracked their alternative work commutes—any combination of carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, using public transit or teleworking—on the iCommute website throughout October.

According to iCommute, TSRI’s Rideshare statistics include:

  • 1,239 eligible alternative commute trips logged on iCommute’s TripTracker
  • 16,343 vehicle miles not traveled
  • 469 gallons of gasoline not used
  • 9,941 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions avoided

Pete Herold, vice president of facility services and Green Team leader, thanked Human Resources for spearheading TSRI’s team participation as well as all the TSRI participants in the Rideshare Challenge. “This second win in a row reflects the awareness of environmental issues in the TSRI community,” he said.

For its win, TSRI will receive a plaque and publicity in the San Diego Business Journal.

For more information on Green Team activities, including a timeline of TSRI sustainability milestones, visit the group’s website .

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Associate Professor Tobin Dickerson

Associate Professor Ian MacRae

Associate Professor Richard Milner