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In Brief

Geoff Graham Receives Professional Philanthropy Honor

Geoff Graham, philanthropy officer in The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) Philanthropy Department, was named Outstanding Development Professional by the San Diego chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFPSD). The honor recognizes effective, creative and ethical leadership in professional fundraising, as well as a commitment to voluntary service and financial support of nonprofit organizations.

Graham, who holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive distinction, develops and arranges planned and major gifts in support of TSRI. He and honorees in seven other categories will be spotlighted for their impact on the San Diego community during the AFPSD-hosted 2013 National Philanthropy Day Luncheon, November 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel. For more information about Graham, see

TSRI to Celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Events on both Florida and California campuses will celebrate National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 16 to 20.

Coinciding with the festivities, the Society of Fellows (SOF) on the CA campus will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a special cocktail reception Friday, September 20. The 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award will also be presented at the reception.


Monday, September 16, 12:30 to 2 PM, Keck Auditorium
Speaker: Marc Kuchner, National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist, “Modern Marketing for Scientists”

Tuesday, September 17, 9 AM to noon, 3377 Building, third floor
Career and Postdoctoral Services Office: Open House & New Department Website Launch. Complimentary coffee and donuts, and free prize drawings will be offered.

Thursday, September 19, from 2 to 3 PM, Keck Auditorium
SOF Distinguished Lecturer Series speaker: Richmond Sarpong, associate professor of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley. Contact Adam Duerfeldt,, if you are interested in having lunch or dinner with Sarpong.

Friday, September 20, 6 PM, The Brigantine Restaurant, Del Mar
SOF 50th Anniversary Cocktail Reception with guest speakers TSRI Professor Michael Oldstone (SOF president 1967-1968) and Phyllis Frosst, senior advisor for policy, communications and strategic alliances, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (SOF president 2002-2003). RSVP [] is required.


Monday, September 16, from 3:30 to 5 PM, classroom B158
Speaker: Marc Kuchner, National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientist, “Modern Marketing for Scientists.” Live video stream from CA campus.

Tuesday, September 17, 10 AM to 2:30 PM, room B387
Free Seated Chair Massage. Contact Cheryl Marra,, to schedule a 15-minute massage.

Wednesday, September 18, from 9 to 11 AM, board room B252
Career and Postdoctoral Services Office Open House & New Department Website Launch Complimentary coffee and donuts, and free prize drawings will be offered.

Thursday, September 19, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM, classroom B158
Insights to Industry Workshop: Making an effective transition from academia to industry with Randall Ribaudo, CEO SciPhD. Registration [] is required.

Friday, September 20, 5:30 to 8:30 PM, Das Biergarten, Jupiter
Postdoc Appreciation Week Finale Happy Hour

Research Ethics Course Scheduled in October

A course in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will be held in October for TSRI postdoctoral fellows on both CA and FL campuses whose current or planned research project requires the National Institutes of Health-approved training.

Presented by personnel from the University of California, San Diego, the seven-day course (two hours per day) will be held on the California campus in the 3377 Building, room 205, from 1:30-3:30 PM October 1, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17 and 18. At the same time and dates, a separate RCR course will be video streamed to the Florida campus in room B158.

Space is limited; priority is given on a first-come, first-served basis to trainees who have received fellowships, are on training grants or are in the TSRI Postdoctoral Training Program for Skaggs-funded scholars. A course description is available at Advance registration is required. Upon successful course completion, participants will receive a certificate for their personal records.

Other RCR training options are available, including additional proposed courses on the TSRI campus. Updates will be posted on the RCR website.

CA and FL Travel Award Applications Due October 1

Applications for postdoctoral travel awards on both the California and Florida campuses are due Tuesday, October 1. The awards provide recipients the opportunity to present scholarly work at a national or international conference.


Robert M. Sandelman Award for Scientific Excellence

New this year is the 2013 Sandelman Endowment, which will award eight grants—six at $1,000 for domestic conferences and two at $1,500 for international conferences. In the future, three $1,000 grants and one $1,500 grant will be awarded each year.

The awards recognize outstanding scientific achievement and accomplishment in establishing, fostering and encouraging research. Only full-time TSRI graduate students and research associates may apply; external graduate students are not eligible.

Deemed the “Wizard of Sales Promotions” by the New York Times, Robert Sandelman founded the first sales promotion agency in the U.S., created the American Express Gold Card, and established the Sandelman Foundation.

Sandelman Award eligibility, application instructions and FAQs are posted on the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office’s award webpage. Applications are submitted online.

The Career and Postdoctoral Services Office is seeking volunteers to serve on the award review committee, consisting of three postdocs, a graduate student and a faculty member. To volunteer, contact Mike Matrone,, program coordinator for the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office.


SOF Travel Awards

The Society of Fellows will award four grants of up to $1,000 each in both the fall and the spring for conference-related costs, including travel, housing and conference registration.

Applications are submitted online. Eligibility, specific application procedures and proposal guidelines can be found on the Career and Postdoctoral Services webpage.

Previous award applicants may apply again, but past award winners are ineligible. A selection committee of five TSRI postdocs will review the applications. To volunteer for the committee, contact the Career and Postdoctoral Services Office’s Mike Matrone at

New TSRI Group to Build Skills for Science Industry Careers

A new career resources organization—the Scripps Consulting Club (SCC)—aims to provide business skills training for TSRI staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students on both California and Florida campuses who are considering a career transition to management consulting or other non-academic positions in the life sciences industry.

Spearheaded by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, the SCC will offer training and resources in areas such as analytical skills, problem-solving, storyboarding and project management. “Essentially we hope to provide the opportunity for TSRI members to learn the languages of both business and science,” said founder Kelvin Chan, graduate student in the Yu lab. “This ‘bilingualism’ is crucial not just in management consulting, but also in the business of life science.”

The group plans to hold monthly one-hour sessions covering business consulting topics and case studies. Activities will also include interview preparation, consulting panels and workshops, on-campus recruitment, alumni consultant networking and an annual case study competition. Steven Breazzano, former graduate student in the Boger lab and now with global life sciences consultants Bionest Partners, has joined the SCC advisory board to mentor the group’s leadership team.

Supported by the TSRI Career and Postdoctoral Services Office, the SCC will hold its inaugural meeting Tuesday, October 1, 1 PM, in the Keck Auditorium. For further details, contact Chan at or visit the SCC LinkedIn page.

Lunch and Learn: Care for the Caregiver

Taking care of an ill spouse or partner, disabled child or aging relative can be rewarding, but also can exact a high toll in stress and burnout. “Care for the Caregiver,” the next Lunch & Learn presentation, will provide guidance for those serving in the caregiver role. The session is scheduled for Monday, September 30, from noon to 1PM in the Keck Amphitheater in the Beckman Building on the California campus.

Sponsored by the TSRI Counseling and Psychological Services Office, the presentation will be conducted by Michelle Brown-Shelton, a specialist in supporting those who care for others and a counselor with the University of California, San Diego Faculty & Staff Assistance Program.

Lunch & Learn attendees will learn how to:

  • Prepare for the caregiving role
  • Become educated about the aging or illness process and how things will change
  • Determine when to intervene to make essential decisions
  • Take care of one’s self as the caregiver

See the event flyer for additional details. For further information on resources available through the Counseling and Psychological Services Office, visit the department’s website.

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TSRI’s Geoff Graham has been named Outstanding Development Professional by the San Diego chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.