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Scripps Florida Campus
Dedicated at FAU Jupiter

On March 9, the Scripps Research Institute officially dedicated its Scripps Florida campus in Jupiter to “increasing human knowledge, advancing biomedical science, educating the researchers of the future and improving the health of humanity."

(left to right) Director of Research, Development and Strategic Planning for Freedom Broadcasting Donn Colee, President Brogan and Jupiter Councilman Bob Friedman

At a ceremony before more than 400 Scripps Florida employees and guests at a construction site on the Jupiter campus, Scripps Research President Richard A. Lerner, M.D., thanked the people and leaders of Palm Beach County and the State of Florida for their contribution toward the establishment of Scripps Florida.
“We are honored to have with us today to share in this celebration Palm Beach County Commission Chair Addie Greene, former Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Charlie Crist,” Lerner said. “Each has been instrumental in bringing Scripps Florida to where it is today and contributing to its future positive impact on the community, science and human health.”

(left to right) Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Joe Russo, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka, Florida State Senator Ted Deutch, Florida State Senator Jeff Atwater and Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons

Construction has started on the first phase of Scripps Florida -- three buildings totaling 350,000 square feet of laboratory and administrative space. The buildings are expected to be ready for occupancy in early 2009. Some 200 researchers, technicians and administrative staff are currently at work in two temporary buildings and several trailers adjacent to the construction site. The buildings will be turned over to FAU when the new permanent facilities open.
After remarks from Commission Chair Greene, former Governor Bush and Governor Crist, John J. Moores, chair of the Scripps Research Institute board of trustees, made the formal dedication.
“On behalf of the board of trustees, faculty, employees and friends of the Scripps Research Institute, we dedicate the Scripps Florida campus to increasing human knowledge, advancing biomedical science, educating the researchers of the future and improving the health of humanity,” he said.

Lerner and then-Governor Bush originally announced the expansion of the Institute in Florida in October 2003. Initial plans called for construction on a parcel of land made available by Palm Beach County in the western part of the county, but legal and other issues caused the county to decide a year ago to situate the facilities on 40 acres of the FAU campus in Jupiter and ultimately on an adjacent 100-acre property.

Scripps Florida, which will employ a minimum of 545 staff by the end of its state funding, is focused on the discovery of new drugs to treat such conditions as Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions, cancer, diabetes and a variety of autoimmune and infectious diseases. It uses the latest cutting-edge technologies to speed the drug discovery and development process.


Jupiter Campus Hosts Career
and Graduate School Fair

The Jupiter campus hosted its annual Career and Graduate School Fair on March 14. More than 50 local companies and graduate school recruiters were available for information and networking.

The annual Career and Graduate School Fair provides FAU students, alumni and members of the community the chance to meet with prospective employers and explore opportunities for full- and part-time employment positions, internships and volunteer activities. Participants met with representatives from marketing, sales/business development, finance and education. Graduate school recruiters distributed information on programs, requirements and procedures for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees. In addition, FAU staff were available for advice on résumé writing, interviewing skills, professional dress and networking.


'Give a Hoot' Award Presented

Suzanne Deffendall, coordinator of Academic Support Services at FAU Jupiter, proudly displays her “Give A Hoot” award presented by Dr. Kristen Murtaugh, campus vice president. Suzanne was recognized for her dedicated service to students and faculty.


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