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EMBL &cetera (October 1999)

Page 1:

  • A new look and feel for EMBL’s official WWW pages (see Page 2)
  • It was a (very short) dark and stormy night... (see Page 8)
  • A talk with Harold Varmus (see Page 4)
  • Alumni meeting update: New advertisement for the alumni meeting taking place on October 21-23, 1999 in Heidelberg.
  • Photographs: Image of the solar eclipse and picture of Harold Varmus

Page 2:

  • A much-needed overhaul of EMBL’s website: Feedback from inside EMBL is requested to launch afterwards the official website for external users.
  • Image: Aspect of new EMBL website

Page 3:

  • FAQs fearfully anticipated questions: questions that may arise regarding the new developed EMBL website.
  • EBI Hinxton – the BioInformer: Publicity about this website that keeps up-to-date on what is happening in EBI outstation.
  • Image: BioInformer home page.

Pages 4 and 5:

  • A talk with Harold Varmus: Interview by Russ Hodge of Varmus which was was the Director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Photographs of Harold Varmus

Page 6:

  • Hamburg Outstation. Future structural biology with a Free Electron Laser: Announcement of a new linear collider called TESLA with a projected centre-of-mass energy of 500 GeV. It would complement DESY’s particle storage ring facilities. X-FEL facility is also planned. Written by Matthias Wilmanns (EMBL Hamburg Outstation).
  • Kids @ EMBL: A second-grade class of the Gaiberg elementary school visits EMBL Heidelberg.
  • Photographs: Kids at EMBL and artwork by the kids (also on Page 7.)

Page 7:

  • The EMBO corner: EMBO offers short-term and long-term fellowships. The article is an explanation of the application and evaluation processes. Written by Frank Gannon, Executive Director of EMBO.

Page 8:

  • From the sister sciences... – When small things pass in front of the sun: Article about the 1760 transit of Venus.
  • cooey! anyone out there?: EMBL was contributing to a USA initiative to search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. Written by Freddy Frischknecht & Sarah Sherwood.
  • Photograph: Image of the solar eclipse

Page 9:

  • Science & society: EMBL has organized a panel discussion for Monday 4 October to talk about the expansion of the application of intellectual property rights (IPR) and their protection in patents.
  • Administrative announcement – unresolved legal dispute to oblige the registration of all EMBL personnel in the German Central Government
  • People @ EMBL – New people at EMBL and new Group leaders

Page 10

  • Announcements: Safety Office now on the intranet, late or weekend work and the new library newsletter called “Simply Szilárd”
  • Blunt ends & fill-ins: EBI has decided to launch a new database in which protein structures will be represented by various shapes and sizes of noodles.
  • Space links: links related to articles in Page 8.
  • False Positives: Winners of Medline competition.
  • ...but are you ready for Y10K?: Dates in the SWISS-PROT, PROSITE and SWISS-2DPAGE databases are stored as ASCII text strings using four digits and there should be no problem until December 31, 9999.

[Index kindly prepared by EMBL alumna Patricia Resa-Infante.]

EMBL &cetera (July 1999)

Page 1:

  • News about services, staff, science and society: an introduction as to why EMBL &cetera was created.
  • EMBL's PhD officially recognised by Baden-Württemburg: the PhD degree granted by EMBL is now accepted like other international PhDs.
  • 25th Anniversary EMBL Alumni Meeting: an advertisement for the alumni meeting taking place on October 21-23, 1999 in Heidelberg, DE.

Page 2:

  • EMBL Council descends on Rome: the EMBL Council meeting took place in the new Research Programme in Mouse Biology in Monterotondo; the Scientific Programme was approved and the Council voted to approve the financial recommendations; announcement of the Host Site Agreement signed with the Italian government; list of presentations from Walter Witke, Ulrich Kalinke, José de la Pompa, Klaus Rajewsky and Glauco Tocchini-Valentini.
  • Photographs: Italy’s President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro (at right) attended ceremonies inaugurating the new campus and the Adriano Buzzati-Traverso campus in Monterotondo, Italy.

Page 3

  • Monterotondo campus opens its doors: Opening of the new EMBL Research Programme in Mouse Biology on 8 March 1999 at the "Adriano Buzzati-Traverso" International Scientific Campus, in Monterotondo, Italy. List of goals, representatives and other campus hosts.
  • Photographs: Klaus Rajewsky and Fotis Kafatos at the inaugural reception, and Glauco Tocchini-Valentini.

Pages 4 and 5:

  • New faces at the Szilárd Library: Description of improvements for the Szilárd Library. New librarians: David Westley and Regina Herhoff.
  • Quote from Mary Holmes referring to the beginning of Szilárd Library.
  • Biography of Leó Szilárd.
  • Photographs: Librarians Regina Herhoff and David Westley.

Page 6;

  • EMBL kids get a new stomping ground.
  • Photographs: various views of the new Kinderkrippe and Kindergarten building.

Page 7:

  • Science & Society: Announcement of the next Seminar. Speaker: Professor Jürgen Mittelstrass. Title: The Impact of the New Biology on Ethics. Date 19 September 1999.
  • ILO decides on salary adjustment for 1995: Claim to EMBL Council to remake the salary adjustment.
  • Obituaries: Alexandra Freiburg (1971-09-10/1999-07-14) and Paolo Fasella (1930-12-16/1999-06-11).

Page 8:

  • People @ EMBL – New people at EMBL (Jan Ellenberg, Elena Conti, Bettina Böttcher and José Luis de la Pompa)
  • In Other News: News about Peer Bork and Iain Mattaj
  • Medlines of the Month: contest

[Index kindly prepared by EMBL alumna Patricia Resa-Infante.]

EMBL &cetera (February 2000)

Page 1:

  • EMBL Council passes resolutions on important ILO, EBI issues (see Page 2)
  • Alumni feature... where's Patricia Kahn?: (see Page 4)
  • From the sister sciences... Uncertainty & optics (see Page 6)
  • Research Reports on CD-ROM: Annual EMBL Research Reports will be distributed in CD-ROM instead of a book
  • Photographs: Patricia Kahn and EMBL CD-ROM

Pages 2 and 3:

  • EMBL Council responds to ILO ruling, addresses staff and EU financial issues: Latest ILO News, The ILO case, From the Staff Association: What is happening with the ILO case, cuts in EU funds for EBI, Staff regulations, and an appeal for support for the EBI

Pages 4 and 5:

  • Alumni feature. A talk with Patricia Kahn: By that time, she was Associate Editor of the "IAVI Report", a publication of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. Before that, she worked at EMBL as a staff scientist, joined the EMBL Data Library and played a major role in establishing SWISS-PROT within EMBL. Later she worked as a European correspondent to SCIENCE magazine. Interview by Russ Hodge.
  • Photographs: Patricia Kahn

Page 6:

  • From the sister sciences... Heisenberg's microscope: Scientist at EMBL Heidelberg (Ernst Stelzer and Stefan Grill) have made improvements in resolution of confocal light microscopy by linking Ernst Abbe work with uncertainty principle of Heisenberg.
  • Pictures (provided "AlP Emilio Segre Visual Archives"): Werner Heisenberg and Ernst Abbe

Page 7:

  • The EMBO corner.: The growth of EMBO has had negative impact on parking facilities. List of EMBO new activities. Role of EMBO in publishing.
  • Science& society: EMBL has organized a panel discussion for February 10th, 2000 to talk about peer review. Written by Halldór Stefánsson.
  • Administrative announcement: EMBL has a new employee physician. They will work closely with EMBL's Safety Officer and Management.

Page 8:

  • EMBL gears up to handle heavier conference and course schedule: New events and initiatives are growing at EMBL. Everything is detailed in the Conference and Course website.
  • EMBL Kinderhaus: photographs of the Kinderhaus inauguration.

Page 9:

  • Alumni @ EMBL: During 1999 Alumni Meeting, participants decided to found a formal EMBL Alumni Association.
  • Photographs: Klaus Ungelbach and Jean Gruenberg, the Rice family, Matthias Lübben and Dietrich Suck, and Directors General: present and past

Page 10:

  • People @ EMBL: New people at EMBL and new Group leaders
    Awards, Honors & Etcetera: Frank Gannon was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Szeged in Hungary, Matthias Hentze was awarded a Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize for 2000, Matthias Wilm won a "BioFuture" prize from the German Research Ministry, Peter Gruss was awarded the German President's "Zukunftspreis" for 1999 and Mare Kriis reitres from EMBO after 25 years.
  • False Positives: winners of Medline competition.

[Index kindly prepared by EMBL alumna Patricia Resa-Infante.]

EMBL &cetera (September 2000)

Page 1:

  • Developing a new dialogue: EMBL/EMBO sponsor major Conference on Science and Society (see Page 2)
  • EMBL's Scientific Programme 2001-2005 presented to Council (see Page 4)
  • from genes to thoughts (see Page 16)
  • Philippe Busquin (see Page 12)
  • Picture of Philippe Busquin

Pages 2-3:

  • Science & society: Developing a new dialogue: EMBL and EMBO have organized a conference for November 19-12, 2000 to talk about the urgent need to improve the communication between science and society. The conference included biologists, educators, science communicators, and government representatives.
  • Picture of Julian Kinderlerer and Jens Reich.

Pages 3:

  • Science Citation Index available on a trial basis: announcement that EMBL is offering this service.

Page 4-11:

  • Planning EMBL’s future: final proposal of Scientific Programme and Indicative Scheme for 2001-2005 presented to Council. Additionally they will arise ILO cases, Pension scheme and Salary Adjustments.

Pages 12-15:

  • A European research identity: Interview by Russ Hodge of Philippe Busquin who was Commissioner for Research of the European Commission.
  • Pictures of Philippe Busquin

Pages 15:

  • The EMBL Annual Report and Research Reports for 1999: Announcement that it is available upon demand.

Page 16:

  • From genes to thoughts: Interview by Katrin Weigmann to EMBL PhD students who organized a neurobiology conference. These are Michi Hannus, Freddy Frischknecht, Giuseppe Testa and Valentina Greco. Photograph of organizers.

[Index kindly prepared by EMBL alumna Patricia Resa-Infante.]

EMBL &cetera (October 2000)

Page 1:

  • EMBL establishes technology transfer company (see Page 2)
  • EMBL’s alumni get the stamp of approval (see Page 6)
  • Wellcome Trust announces major support for Ensembl (see Page 8)
  • Drawing through a child’s eyes... (see Page 10)
  • Announcement for Molecular medicine mini-symposium on Pathogen-Host Interactions in Heidelberg, Oct. 30-31

Pages 2-4:

  • A vision for technology transfer at the EMBL. Status and preliminary proposals to Council regarding technology transfer at EMBL. Written by Fotis C. Kafatos

Pages 3:

  • Response letter from Chair and Vice-Chair of the EMBLEM Supervisory Board. By that time, Max Herzberg and David Owen

Pages 5-7:

  • Integrating the cultures of basic research and technology transfer. An interview with Fotis C. Kafatos. Interview by Russ Hodge

Page 6:

  • Angus Lamond takes the reins of EMBL’s new Alumni Association. Picture of Angus Lamond. Written by Russ Hodge

Page 7:

  • EMBL staff and alumni help launch a new organization. This organization is European Life Scientists Organization (ELSO). ELSO plans future meetings and hopes to provide a forum that can lobby national governments and the European Parliament in support of the life sciences. Picture of Kai Simons

Page 8:

  • An announcement Wellcome to the EBI. Written by Katrin Weigmann
  • Speeding up protein purification and expression. Pictures of Matti Saraste and Arie Geerlof. Written by Russ Hodge

Page 9:

  • The EMBO corner
  • Asserting a new style – from the editors of the EMBO Reports. Pictures of Holger Breithaput, Chris Blaumüller and Marlies Otter-Nilsson

Page 10-11:

  • From the sister sciences… Drawing with a child’s eye. Artwork by EMBL kids. Written by Russ Hodge

Page 12:

  • Conference watch. 4th EMBL Transcription Meeting, Heidelberg, August 26-30, 2000. Co-organized by Henk Stunnenberg (Nijmegen University), Francis Stewart (EMBL), Achim Leutz (MDC, Berlin) and Laszlo Tora (IGBMC, Illkirch). Only 300 scientists were selected to attend, mainly young and European scientists. Written by Lena Reunis
  • oligo... going... gone. EMBL’s oligonucleotide synthesis service has closed because most oligos needed at EMBL could be bought at competitive prices from outside sources. Written by Sarah Sherwood
  • today @embl. Site containing a complete overview of what’s going on within the Laboratory such as seminars, courses, and workshops, and it was also a place to register social events and make important announcements

Pages 13:

  • Peter Wenzel-Constabel sets his sights on Bonn. By that time he was the Head of Human Resources. Pictures of Peter Wenzel-Constabel and Steve Ferris. Written by Sarah Sherwood
  • Administrative announcement: Intermedex will administer the Health Scheme for another year

Pages 14:

  • People @ EMBL: New people at EMBL and new Group leaders
  • Awards, Honors & Etcetera: Elisa Izaurralde was awarded by ELSO the first "Early Career Award" for young senior scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the life sciences. Regina Neubecker was awarded the “Otto-Haxel-Preis für eine herausragende Diplomarbeit” from the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg
  • False Positives: winners of Medline competition

[Index kindly prepared by EMBL alumna Patricia Resa-Infante.]

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