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Second annual Step into Discovery brings the community to the Salk

On Saturday, April 12, the Salk Institute invited the San Diego community onto campus and more than 1,100 people came out for a day of fun and learning at the second annual Step into Discovery.

More than 600 walkers participated in the 5K Walk for Salk, arriving as early as 8 a.m. to pick up T-shirts and goodie bags and enjoy a gluten-free breakfast from Escondido-based GNI Bakery. After the walk, visitors had a chance to browse sponsor booths and a steady stream of budding scientists filtered through the Kids’ Discovery Zone to learn about the brain, plants, disease modeling and cancer.

Visitors were also treated to talks by Jonas Salk’s son, Dr. Peter Salk, and two of the Institute’s faculty members, Sreekanth Chalasani and Janelle Ayres. More than 500 people participated in Explore Salk tours, getting a peek inside the Institute’s laboratories and technology core facilities. In all, 15 labs and three cores opened their doors to the tours.

Many volunteers and staff helped make Step into Discovery 2014 an enjoyable and educational event for the community, while sponsors, including title sponsor Rudolph and Sletten, ensured that the day was a tremendous success.