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Backward glances at Back to Basics lecture

The theme was Salk history on March 25, when Suzanne Bourgeois, professor emerita and founding director of the Regulatory Biology Laboratory, addressed an audience of more than 100 about the early years of the Institute. The author of Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Epic of Its Founders, Bourgeois was the featured attraction at the spring Back to Basics lecture, held in the Institute’s Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium. She discussed the book, which was published last summer by the University of California Press, and shared archival photographs and inside stories about the founding of the Salk. Her talk sparked an animated Q&A session that continued into the reception and book signing following the lecture, and all copies of the book on hand sold out.

Suzanne Bourgeois signing a copy of Genesis of the Salk Institute: The Epic of Its Founders

Back to Basics is a free biannual lecture series that is open to anyone interested in learning more about Salk science. The next installment will be held Tuesday, September 23, and will feature Ronald Evans from the Gene Expression Laboratory, who will talk about his latest research. For more information, contact Jennifer Rothrock, at 858-453-4100 ext. 2068, or jrothrock@salk.edu.