La Jolla News Nuggets: ‘Mutt Strut’, New Mural Completed, Scripps Scholars Honored, Jane’s Walk, More


100 dogs walk in the first “La Jolla Mutt Strut”

About 100 dogs and their owners turned out for the first “La Jolla Mutt Strut” on May 7, walking from La Jolla High School to the La Jolla Recreation Center during an activity-filled morning.

The event, presented by the La Jolla High School Foundation, aimed to raise funds for the school while offering pet adoptions and promoting a sense of community.

No fundraising number was immediately available, but organizer Olga Wharton said more than 70 sponsors participated and five dogs were adopted by participating rescue organisations.

Families and their dogs participated in a scavenger hunt, dog yoga class, dog tricks class, and pet clairvoyant visits, among other things.

Wharton said she plans to repeat the event every year.

New mural completed in the Village

Artist Hanna Daly completed her Mother’s Day-inspired mural at 627 Pearl St. in La Jolla on May 5.

(Elisabeth Frausto)

Artist Hanna Daly completed her final mural at 627 Pearl St. in La Jolla on May 5. The mural honors Daly’s late mother and other moms and replaces Daly’s 2020 mural ‘Quarantine Dreams’.

The mural, scheduled before Mother’s Day on May 8 and Daly’s mother’s birthday on May 10, features a peacock, calla lily and other special items for her mother, who died in June.

National Academy of Sciences honors three Scripps researchers

Three faculty members from Scripps Research in La Jolla have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors given to scientists. Membership in the Academy recognizes “continuing outstanding achievement in original research”.

The Scripps Research winners are Hollis Cline, Jane Dyson and James Williamson.

Scripps describes Cline as “a leader in research exploring how sensory experience affects brain development and plasticity.” His work is credited with advancing “an understanding of the role of experience in shaping brain development in relation to several neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia”.

Dyson, a professor in the Department of Integrative Structural and Computational Biology, studies the relationships between the amino acid sequences of proteins and their structure and function. His work “has led to numerous discoveries about cancer tumor growth, drug design, and the functions of important proteins in the human body.”

Williamson “uses cutting-edge approaches in biochemistry, biophysics, and structural biology to uncover insights into RNA structure, RNA-protein interactions, and ribosome assembly to better understand a multitude of diseases, as well as to improve drug discovery”.

First Jane’s Walk attracts 20 people to Bird Rock

About 20 residents gather to talk about the changes at Bird Rock at the inaugural Jane's Walk on May 7.

About 20 residents gather outside the old ‘Piano Building’ to talk about the changes to Bird Rock during the inaugural Jane’s Walk on May 7.

(Courtesy of Mimi Sells)

About 20 people attended Jane’s first walk through Bird Rock on May 7, crossing La Jolla Boulevard to discuss the assets and needs of the area, view the landscaping and architecture, and speak with others community members.

“It feels like we have an annual tradition on our hands,” said Mimi Sells, Bird Rock resident and event organizer. “Hopefully there will be more in the future in La Jolla and San Diego. Everyone was very excited and learned a thing or two.

Jane’s Walk, named after the late writer and urban planner Jane Jacobs, is a movement of free, resident-led walks that encourage people to share stories about their neighborhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbors, according to the Jane’s Walk organization, which was founded in Toronto in 2006 by a group of Jacobs’ friends and colleagues and now inspires walks around the world.

Actress praises La Jolla neonatal ICU

A local medical facility received a celebrity this week when actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and singer Nick Jonas announced that their first child was coming home after 100 days in a neonatal intensive care unit.

In a social media post, Chopra Jonas thanked “all of the doctors, nurses and specialists at Rady Children’s La Jolla and Cedars-Sinai Los Angeles, who were selflessly there every step of the way.”

Rady Children’s Hospital operates a NICU in its satellite location at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla.

La Jolla City Council to Host La Jolla Independence Forum

The La Jolla City Council will present a community forum on the idea of ​​La Jolla as an independent city during its meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, online and at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.

Former City Council President Ann Kerr Bache will moderate the forum with expert input, exploring the potential impacts of La Jolla becoming an independent city from San Diego, as well as the laws and processes involved.

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City council members vote for new directors

Twelve candidates are vying for 12 available director seats on the La Jolla City Council. Council members in good standing can vote by email before midnight on Wednesday, May 11.

The candidates are incumbents Rick Dagon, Jerri Hunt, Cody Petterson and James Rudolph and newcomers Suzanne Baracchini, Jennifer Brown, Jana Farella, Francie Moss, Bill Podway, Karen Roque, Treger Strasberg and David Talcott.

The council initially said there were four places available, but Hunt, the vice-chairman of the council, said the council realized more were available as trustees reached the end of their term. mandate.

Winners will be announced after the next city council meeting, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, online and at the La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St.

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A local cancer researcher has received $138,000 from the National Science Foundation

UC San Diego graduate student Leila Chihab’s work to improve cancer immunotherapies received a major boost from the National Science Foundation this month when the NSF awarded her the Student Research Fellowship. graduates.

The $138,000 prize will fund three years of Chihab’s tuition and stipend as a graduate student working in Professor Bjoern Peters’ lab at the La Jolla Institute of Immunology.

Chihab is analyzing patients’ sequencing data – the genetic makeup of their individual tumors – in research considered crucial to the design of personalized cancer treatments. She is also studying what makes certain T cells effective in fighting cancer.

The San Diego County Public Defender’s Office seeks to recognize teens for their accomplishments or contributions to the community in its fourth annual “25 Most Outstanding Teens” award. Anyone can nominate a teenager until September 15 on the county’s website,

A online application lists 25 categories, including activism, civic engagement, commitment to personal excellence, and courage to overcome adversity. All San Diego County youth ages 13-19 are eligible for nomination.

All nominees will receive a certificate of recognition. The 25 people selected for the award will be featured on the County News Center.

The completed nomination form can be emailed to or by mail to Connie Howard, San Diego County Public Defender Youth Council, 451 A St., Suite 1480, San Diego, CA 92101.

Proposed ballot measure for SD would allow child care in recreation centers

San Diego could give city voters a chance to bolster local child care options in November by backing a ballot measure that would make it legal for 42 city recreation centers to offer child care. .

The proposed ballot measure comes as San Diego officials have struggled in recent years to address a dearth of local child care options for city workers and many residents, some of whom cannot work. due to lack of childcare.

A comprehensive survey conducted over the winter of 1,100 municipal facilities revealed that only 72 are viable candidates for child care and that 42 of them are recreation centers in municipal parks where babysitting is not a legal activity.

The city charter states that any land dedicated to “park, recreation, or cemetery purposes shall be used only for park, recreation, or cemetery purposes,” unless the voters of the city no endorse such an exception with at least two-thirds support.

The ballot measure, which the city council’s rules committee unanimously approved last month, would ask voters to approve such an exception.

Once city attorney Mara Elliott’s staff drafts the proposed wording for the measure, the full city council will be asked this summer to put it on the ballot. The deadline for the board to approve the November ballot measures is August 12.

Councilman Joe LaCava, whose District 1 includes La Jolla, said he supports the measure, but stressed it should be written down to ensure the change won’t allow private buildings to be built in city parks. the city.

LaCava also wants the change to allow childcare services to be limited enough that recreation center space isn’t monopolized by them. — San Diego Union-Tribune

Kavli Foundation donates $5 million to brain and cognition research

The Kavli Foundationwho established the Kavli Institute for the Brain and Mind at UC San Diego and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies brain and mind research, donated $5 million to the institute.

The donation matches those made by donors including Joan and Irwin Jacobs, William and Marisa Rastetter, Sandra Timmons and Rick Sandstrom and one anonymous donor.

The donations are in addition to the Kavil Foundation’s original endowment of $13.5 million in 2004.

KIBM members represent a variety of fields, including neuroscience, biology, cognitive science, psychology, and medicine. The Kavli Institute is made up of select faculty members from the UC San Diego campus and the Salk Institute.

– Compiled by the staff of La Jolla Light


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