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Of Note

Jamal Malik Wins EPA Fellowship

Jamal Malik, graduate student in the Fokin lab at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has won a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a program to support next-generation scientists and engineers who are earning advanced degrees in environmental sciences while conducting cutting-edge research.

Since its creation in 1995, the STAR program has awarded fellowships totaling approximately $65 million in funding. Selected through a competitive solicitation process and independent peer review, this year’s 105 winners represent leading universities and research institutions from across the country.

Malik’s project, “Mechanistic Investigations of Copper-catalyzed Azide/Alkyne Cycloadditions (CuAAC),” seeks to understand the fundamental mechanism of the CuAAC reaction, the flagship reaction for “click chemistry,” a class of highly efficient reactions that also uphold green chemistry principles. Click chemistry, developed in 2001 at TSRI by Professor Barry Sharpless, Associate Professor Valery Fokin and colleagues, has been adopted by scientists in fields ranging from chemical biology to materials science.

Successful Oktoberfest Fundraiser Benefits Blood Cancer Research

Drawing more than 100 friends and colleagues, the recent fourth annual Oktoberfest BBQ at Scripps California, raised more than $2,900 to benefit the 2014 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) “Light the Night Walk” campaign supporting blood cancer research and LLS patient and family support programs.

Organized by the Sauer and Havran labs and co-hosted by the Society of Fellows, this year’s Oktoberfest, featuring traditional German fare, nearly doubled last year’s proceeds. Contributing to the event’s success were Brian Reisert (who grilled 129 bratwurst); Daniella Carlson, administrative assistant in the Department of Immunology and Microbial Science who coordinated the event, as well as the Macauley and Boddy labs; Nancy De Monte, TSRI Faculty Club organizer; and sponsors Costco, Rock Bottom Brewery and Bisher Meats.

The third annual French Bakery Sale, also benefiting the LLS, will be held Monday, November 3, 8 AM, at the main entrance to the Immunology building. This year, additional French chefs will offer a diverse selection of authentic delicacies.

Donations to LLS through the "Mission Team Researchers" can be made by cash or on the LLS website.

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Graduate Student Jamal Malik has won a fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.




Donaldson Santos, TSRI senior licensing officer was one of many enjoying bratwurst and other German dishes at the recent Oktoberfest BBQ, organized by the Sauer and Havran labs to raise funds for blood cancer research. (Photo by Karsten Sauer)