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In Brief

SoF Announces Spring Travel Award Winners

The Scripps California Society of Fellows (SoF) has announced the winners of this spring’s travel awards, which support the presentation of scholarly work at a scientific conference.

About this spring’s winners

  • Miriam O'Duill, DAAD Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Engle Lab, attended the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco to present “Tuning the Regioselectivity of Alkene Functionalization via a Directing Group Approach.”
  • Alicia Gonzalez Martin, senior research associate in the Xiao Lab, attended the Keystone Symposia Immune Regulation in Autoimmunity and Cancer in Whistler, British Columbia, to present “MicroRNA control of B cell tolerance and autoimmunity.”
  • Mark Herzik, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Lander Lab, will attend the Three-Dimensional Electron Microscopy Gordon Research Conference in Les Diablerets, Switzerland, to present “Obtaining 3 Å Resolution Structures of Biomedical Targets at 200 keV.”

Award applications will be accepted again in the fall. Postdoctoral researchers who have never attended a scientific meeting to present their current work are encouraged to apply; additionally, previously unsuccessful applicants are urged to re-apply. Visit the SoF website for details.

CA Lunch & Learn: An Evidence-Based Overview of Nutrition-Related Trends

With so many trendy diets out there, it’s time to look at the real facts behind healthy eating. Join Megan Holt, registered dietitian and research scientist, for a Lunch & Learn on Tuesday, May 16, titled “Fact or Fiction: An Evidence-Based Overview of Nutrition-Related Trends.”

The Lunch & Learn will be held from 12 to 1 PM in the Keck Amphitheater, Beckman Building. Attendees will learn more about

  • Popular diet trends (Paleo diet, Whole30, etc.)
  • “Superfood” claims and supporting evidence (or lack thereof)
  • Dietary supplements, vitamin/mineral concoctions and related claims and concerns

This Lunch & Learn is hosted by the TSRI Office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). No RSVP needed. See the flyer to learn more.

CPSO Workshop: Introduction to Networking

Do you need to develop your business networking skills? How comfortable are you giving your personal “elevator pitch” to a stranger? If you could use some improvement in these areas, join the Career & Postdoctoral Services Office (CPSO) on Thursday, May 11, from 2 to 3:30 PM for a workshop titled “Introduction to Networking.”

This interactive workshop will be presented by Jean Branan, CPSO program coordinator. Attendees will learn the basics of networking, developing an elevator pitch and turning "small talk" into more meaningful conversations. Also included in this workshop is a speed networking activity where attendees can practice their new networking skills in a small group environment with other TSRI postdocs and graduate students.

The workshop will be held in the CA Graduate Office Seminar Room. An RSVP is required at For more information, visit the CPSO Training Workshop Calendar.

SRF Travel Award Applications Due May 18

Postdoctoral fellows at Scripps Florida are invited to apply for the 2017 Society of Research Fellows (SRF) Mark A. Hall Memorial Travel Award. The award is designed to afford postdoctoral scholars the opportunity to either present their research to a community of their peers or develop expertise and connections relevant to their desired career trajectory. Applications are due by email no later than May 18. Winners will be announced at the June SRF Meeting. The SRF will award two grants of up to $1,000 each. 

To apply or view information and eligibility guidelines, go to

TSRI Joins Instagram!

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Torrey Club Café Open for Breakfast and Lunch!
The CA campus’s new Torrey Club Café—located in the lower level of the Faculty Club—is now open Monday to Friday, 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM. The new eatery offers coffee, breakfast and lunch options from award-winning restaurateur Salvatore Ercolano. See the menu.