Salkexcellerators gathered on October 22 at the Institute to hear from new faculty member Alan Saghatelian. Alan, the first fully tenured professor to be hired by Salk in the last decade, spoke about his most recent findings to be published in Cell in November. At the reception, guests enjoyed gourmet fare provided by Pamplemousse and creative cocktails by Snake Oil Cocktail Company. During the evening's presentation, Alan explained how the use of Mass Spectrometry technology led to the discovery of an entirely new class of lipids produced in human fats that are associated with reduced symptoms of diabetes. This new class of lipids lowered elevated blood sugar levels that had the equivalent of type 2 diabetes and has positive implications for future treatment of the disease.
For more information on the Salkexcellerators program, visit www.salk.edu/salkexcellerators or contact Megan Shockro at firstname.lastname@example.org or (858) 453-4100 x1405. Please join us when we reconvene in January 2015.
19th Annual Symphony at Salk
Song and dance man, Matthew Morrison performed with the San Diego Symphony for a magical evening under the stars at the 19th annual Symphony at Salk.
Salk Women & Science
Carol Marchetto is a Senior Staff Scientist in the Laboratory of Dr. Fred Gage at The Salk Institute. Carol gave a presentation titled "Using human pluripotent stem cells to model autism spectrum disorders." The lecture was hosted by Professor Ursula Bellugi.
Salkexcellerators gathered in the iconic courtyard for an outdoor reception on May 29 at the final presentation of the season. Rebecca Newman, VP of External Relations, shared news about the San Diego program reaching a total of 45 families and raising a total of $70,000 towards the annual fellowship. Salk President, Dr. William R. Brody, who is considered an expert on health care reform, discussed the challenges of our nation's healthcare system. Followed by professor Chris Kintner who shared new findings on ways to diagnose and treat ciliopathies that may help generate new stem cell therapies to replace damaged tissues in the lung and other organs. Please join us when we reconvene in September.
42nd Annual Tax Seminar for Private Foundations
Charlotte Jones Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys, was the Keynote Speaker at the Salk Institute's 42nd Annual Tax and Management Seminar.
Jones Anderson described how she has used her managerial talents to leave a positive impact on the world by leveraging the NFL Cowboys' brand to raise awareness and funding for the Salvation Army and the NFL Foundation and the Jones family philanthropies.
The Salk's Annual Tax and Management Seminar provides an engaging forum for private foundations, and legal and financial professionals to learn about current developments in tax law and foundation management.
The Tax Seminar is also an opportunity to hear the latest on Salk Science. Presenter Terry Sejnowski, Professor and Laboratory Head of Salk's Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, who spoke on the BRAIN Initiative, summed up the mood at this year's Tax Seminar, saying that Salk provides an opportunity to "be a part of something large and important, something that will change the world."
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Step into Discovery - Walk for Salk - Explore Salk
On April 12, 2014, the San Diego community was invited to participate in the Walk for Salk, a panoramic 5K, along a scenic Torrey Pines route. After the walk, visitors enjoyed the Explore Salk programs that offered exclusive, behind-the-scenes lab tours. The courtyard was filled with many informational booths and hands-on activities for children and adults, including presentations by the Salk Education Outreach program.
Back to Basics Lecture Series
At the March Back to Basics program, Dr. Suzanne Bourgeois discussed her newly published book, Genesis of the Salk Institute: the Epic of Its Founders. Dr. Bourgeois has a unique perspective since she was personally involved with the Institute from its inception.
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San Diego Science Festival
The Salk Institute enjoyed sharing science with a crowd of over 23,000 participants at the San Diego Science Festival last Saturday. A special thanks goes out to the McKahan Planning Group for sponsoring our Salk Mobile Science Lab booth, where future scientists took part in 683 DNA extractions. Salk's Step into Discovery booth, showcasing the upcoming Walk for Salk & Explore Salk events on April 12, also attracted many interested participants and volunteers.
Salk Women & Science
Janelle Ayres, assistant professor in the Nomis Foundation Laboratories for Immunobiology and Microbial Pathogenesis, discussed her research with the presentation, "Good bugs vs bad bugs: Using the intestinal microbiota to treat infectious diseases." Dr. Ayres studies the defense strategies that enable a host cell to survive and even thrive when interacting with microbes. She provided some of the first evidence that tolerance is crucial for defense against infections in animals.
For more information on the Salk Women & Science program, please visit: http://www.salk.edu/support/womenandscience.html.
High School Science Day
Salk Institute welcomed students from all over San Diego to the March of Dimes, High School Science Day. More than 200 students got the opportunity to attend presentations by Shrek Chalasani and our president, Bill Brody, and to tour Salk's research facilities.
San Diego Salkexcellerators gain insights into plant biology
The theme was green at the February 26 meeting of the Salkexcellerators, when some 70 guests gathered to hear Joseph Noel, professor and director of Salk's Jack H. Skirball Center for Chemical Biology and Proteomics, speak about "The Green Revolution: Harvesting Vital Products from Plants." Noel, part of Salk's top-ranked plant biology program, addressed the role of the field in developing pharmaceuticals, boosting food production, protecting the environment and identifying new fuels. The evening of science, socializing and scrumptious fare also included remarks by Jonathan Nassi, recipient of the first Salkexcellerators postdoctoral fellowship, who described the importance of the fellowship to his career. Two lucky guests left with high-yield planter boxes they won in a raffle.
Partners in Research Lunch
This year members of Salk's legacy society, Partners in Research, were treated to a tour of the stem cell facility by the new assistant director, Dr. Leah Boyer. She gave a presentation on the various types of stem cells and her use of induced pluripotent stem cells on Parkinson's disease. Pictured are Dr. Boyer, Thomas Wittington, Betty Brock, Mary Elise Daly, Marna Wittington, and Wendy Brody.
The Art and Science of Cuisine
An inaugural culinary event at the Salk Institute certain to whet appetites. Salk Science of Cuisine, fused the most recent scientific discoveries with novel kitchen theory, this celebration of food and science reinvigorated lifestyle choices and ushered in a new year of wellness. Click here to view videos of this event>>