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Daily Business Report — July 2, 2014

Daily Business Report — July 2, 2014

The Timken Museum of Art is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Timken Museum Lands International

Art Expert to Become Visiting Director

David Bull

David Bull

David Bull, one of the world’s best known international authorities on Old Master paintings, has accepted an invitation to become visiting director for the Timken Museum of Art to guide the institution through San Diego’s 2015 centennial celebrations in Balboa Park. Bull’s selection coincides with the museum’s 50th anniversary celebration.

John Wilson, Ph.D., who has served as executive director for the Timken Museum for the past six years, is leaving the museum to pursue other opportunities. Wilson became executive director of the Timken in 2008, the first professional art historian with extensive museum experience to hold the position.

The Timken is considered one of the great small museums in the world. It houses the world-class Putnam Foundation Collection representing nearly 700 years of art from early Italian Renaissance devotional paintings to late 19th century paintings.

“With David Bull involved, we are further spreading our wings in the international art community,” said Tim Zinn, Timken board president. “David Bull’s blend of scholarship, technical brilliance and diplomatic aplomb are legendary. For more than 50 years he has examined, cleaned and restored paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, Bellini, Titian, Raphael, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Cézanne, Manet, Monet, Picasso and countless other masters.”

In addition to currently serving as the chairman of painting conservation at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Bull is a principal and founder of Fine Art Conservation and Restoration Inc., based in New York City, consulting with private collectors, museums, art dealers and auction houses. He previously worked at the National Gallery in London, as well as director at the Norton Simon Museum and head conservator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

“David is no stranger to members of the Timken board and the San Diego art community,” Zinn said. “He has been a member of our advisory board and in 2002 led a trip of Timken board members and friends from San Diego to Venice to observe his work for the Save Venice Foundation. We are looking forward to having David collaborate with us and begin working on new ideas for our 50th anniversary and beyond.”

Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion

Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion

Scripps Encinitas Opens New Critical Care Pavilion

ENCINITAS — Health care officials hailed the grand opening Tuesday of the Leichtag Foundation Critical Care Pavilion at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas. The building, which includes a new emergency department and inpatient rooms, is named after a local philanthropic organization that in 2009 donated $10 million toward the two-story facility.

“With the steady population growth in North County, this expansion helps fill a critical community need by broadening Scripps’ capacity to treat an ever-increasing patient demand,” said Chris Van Gorder, president and chief executive officer of Scripps Health. “With all private rooms, our patients will notice a more comfortable environment and our staff will have more space to deliver care with even greater efficiency.”

The 72,321-square-foot Critical Care Pavilion is the centerpiece of the hospital’s $94 million second phase of expansion, which also includes a new central energy plant, new medical imaging technology and various infrastructure improvements on and around the medical campus.

The first floor of the new building houses a 26-bed emergency department, with all private rooms for greater patient confidentiality and comfort. Two of the 26 treatment spaces can also serve as resuscitation rooms and four can serve as isolation rooms for patients with suspected airborne illnesses. The new facility also includes three intake rooms to help improve the flow of patient care.

The second floor is home to 36 private medical-surgical inpatient rooms, which are used by patients recovering from surgery or acute illnesses, as well as by patients admitted to the hospital via the emergency department. The additional rooms will reduce the time that admitted patients stay in the emergency department waiting for an available room. Twelve rooms can be converted to intensive care unit rooms.

Westcore Properties Collects Nearly

$90 Million in Sale of Industrial Land

Westcore Properties has sold nine industrial buildings in five cities — San Diego, Anaheim, Irvine, Pomona and City of Industry — for nearly $90 million. The portfolio, which totals 823,000 square feet, includes San Diego properties at 9855 and 9755 Distribution Ave. and 9340, 9404 and 9455 Cabot Drive.

“We’ve owned these properties for several years and executed business plans to lease up vacancies and drive revenue, said Don Ankeny, president and CEO at Westcore Properties. “Coupled with interest in the Southern California industrial market, it was an ideal time to sell the portfolio and redeploy the capital in other value-add opportunities in the western region.”

James McKerrow Appoined Dean of Skaggs School of Pharmacy

James H. McKerrow

James H. McKerrow

UC San Diego announced that James H. McKerrow, MD, has been appointed the second dean of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. McKerrow is joining UC San Diego from UC San Francisco, where he was a professor of pathology and director of the Center for Discovery and Innovation in Parasitic Diseases. He is an expert in the area of neglected tropical diseases and has experience in natural product research, drug discovery and development. McKerrow is also an alumnus of UC San Diego, where he earned his PhD in biology in 1973.

City Implements Drought Alert Measures

The city of San Diego has entered a Level 1 drought alert condition — a set of important voluntary water use measures and permanent mandatory restrictions the city implemented several years ago. “Level 1 calls for a heightened sense of awareness and responsibility for San Diegans to reinforce their water use habits with additional conservation practices, as we enter our hottest months during a serious drought year,” said Halla Razak, director of public utilities.

Relevant to most residents are the additional guidelines under Level 1 related to irrigation. Landscape watering, under Level 1, should be limited to no more than three days per week. This practice is now recommended in addition to permanent irrigation restrictions that mandate watering before 10 a.m. or after 6 p.m. in the summer and after 4 p.m. in the winter. Level 1 also recommends that when watering without an irrigation system, a shutoff nozzle or garden hose sprinkler system on a timer should be used.

Preuss School Teacher Wins Prestigious Fellowship

Shannon Baird

Shannon Baird

A Preuss School science teacher has become one of just 14 throughout the country to win a year-long fellowship from the American Physiology Society. Shannon Baird said she was “really excited” and honored to have been selected as a recipient of the Frontiers in Science Research Training Fellowship. The award offers online development opportunities, but also hands-on laboratory training.

Baird will join Dr. Alan Hargens, an orthopedic surgeon and professor at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine , at the UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest to study “how microgravity affects fluid in the body.” The work is part of Hargens’ research into the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health of humans and animals in space.

Baird credited Brandon Macias, who is working with Hargens, for helping her win the honor. “It was fortunate that Dr. Macias reached out to the teachers at Preuss about the program; he was very helpful when developing the proposal,” she said in a news release. “Having a marine science background, I look forward to strengthening my knowledge of physiology in the laboratory and discovering creative ways to integrate biomedical lessons in the classroom.”

The Preuss School is at UC San Diego. The APS program was founded in 1990 to benefit middle and high school teachers.

– Times of San Diego

Gable PR Adds Assistant Account Executive

Tracy Moehnke

Tracy Moehnke

Tracy Moehnke has joined Gable PR as an assistant account executive, responsible for research, writing, social media management and assisting with the agency’s media relations plans.  Moehnke previously was an account coordinator at Cook + Schmid where she assisted in general account support for a range of accounts including engineering, government and hospitality/tourism clients.

Moehnke holds a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University in journalism with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in marketing.

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