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Of Note

May 21: Celebrate the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences unveiling

Everyone on the California campus of The Scripps Research Institute is invited to the Hazen courtyard on May 21 at 3 p.m. for the unveiling ceremony of the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences, followed by a reception. We will be celebrating the Skaggs family’s recent transformational gift that kicked off our graduate program endowment campaign. This $100 million campaign aims to endow the education of every student in our Graduate Program, an effort that has been generously supported by personal commitments from many members of our own faculty and Board.

Phil Baran to present Faculty Lecture on June 13

Phil Baran, PhD, professor in the Department of Chemistry, will continue the Faculty Lecture Series on Wednesday, June 13, with a presentation, “Translational Chemistry.”

The lecture begins at 4 p.m. in The Committee Lecture Hall in the Skaggs/Molecular Biology Building (MBB2N), followed by a reception in the Beckman Building first-floor galleria.

For further information, see the Faculty Lecture Series webpage. The series is supported by an endowment from the Cochrane-Cartan families, established by Scripps Research Professor Emeritus Charles G. Cochrane.

SoF names Travel Award winners

The Society of Fellows (SoF) on the California campus of The Scripps Research Institute has named postdoctoral associates Rebecca Berlow, Kimmo Rantalainen and Jenni Kononoff as winners of the spring Travel Awards.

The goal of the travel award program is to provide postdoctoral associates on campus with financial support to present research at a national or international scientific conference. The travel awards are $1000 each, and SoF choose three winners in the spring and three in the fall. Visit Travel Award website

New resource: Integrity database

The Integrity database enhances your research by integrating essential biological, chemical and pharmacological data to support successful drug research and development. Updated daily, its coverage focuses on products in discovery or development since 1988, with a few exceptions. It contains about 500,000 drugs and biologics, over 2.1 million experimental pharmacology records, and over 74,000 experimental model records, sourced from patent and biomedical literature, company communications, and conferences/congresses.

To access Integrity, self-register under first-time users at the Clarivate Analytics Integrity site.

SoF events this month

The Society of Fellows (SoF) on the California campus would like to invite the Scripps Research community to three upcoming events:

  • May 16: Postdoc Open Mic Night at Bella Vista. Enjoy five-minute basic science talks, followed by a happy hour and networking at the Bella Vista Social Club and Caffé. More info
  • May 17: Game Night. Bring your favorite board games and get ready to have some fun! Drinks and snacks provided. To be held in the Hazen Dining Room from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 31: Industry and Alumni Happy Hour in Beckman Atrium. Join SoF for a TSRI Alumni Networking Event in the Beckman Atrium. More info

May 24: Career Development Pilot Program

The Career & Postdoctoral Services Office is pleased to announce an upcoming ExCEL pilot program opportunity: Product Marketing and Market Research at Sciencia Consulting. The program will be held Thursday, May 24, 2018. Apply here.

This Exploring Careers with Experiential Learning (ExCEL) pilot program gives graduate students and postdoctoral associates opportunities to explore a variety of career paths and visit employers to gain real-world experience working on representative projects. Each ExCEL visitation experience lasts 1–2 days and is non-paid. Lunch is typically provided as part of the program.

Goals of the program include: providing trainees with real-world, representative cases/problems to solve re: a particular career path; connecting companies to talented junior scientists; increasing trainee knowledge about a specific career path and company culture; increasing trainee confidence and optimism regarding their career plans; and changing trainee behavior re: their career exploration and job search.

For more information about ExCEL, or to apply for the Product Marketing and Market Research experience, please click here.

CA Biosafety Committee Meeting materials due May 30

To receive consideration at the next TSRI Institutional Biosafety Committee, registration documents must be submitted to Environmental Health and Safety by Wednesday, May 30, via email to The meeting will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2:30 to 3:30 PM, building 3301, P2 conference room.

CA Onsite Clinic to be held June 20

The next onsite immunization clinic on the California campus will be held Wednesday, June 20, from 9:30 to 11 AM, in the Hazen Theory building, rooms 203/205. Appointments are not needed. 

Conducted by Sharp Rees-Stealy staff, the clinic will provide hepatitis B vaccination free of charge to all TSRI employees. Environmental Health & Safety Occupational Medicine must pre-authorize all other procedures based on the employee's working conditions. These procedures include tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines and other titers, immunizations and procedures. 

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Phil Baran, PhD (Photo courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.)























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