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International Council members meet in City of Light

International Council

Salk Board Chair, Irwin Jacobs, presenting Trustee Corrine Mentzelopoulos, host of the International Council gala dinner at the Louvre, with a thank you gift.

The 2011 Salk International Council (IC) annual meeting was held October 27–29 in Paris, France. Eighty guests attended, including board and council members and their spouses, faculty and Salk leadership, and special guests.

Ten of the Salk's most renowned scientists presented on topics related to "The Grand Challenges of Biology." Attendees also enjoyed a dinner cruise on the Seine aboard a 170-foot yacht, the Excellence. In addition, board member Madame Corinne Mentzelopoulos generously hosted an elegant dinner at the Louvre, with a tour of the exhibition "In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great—Ancient Macedonia," as well as a memorable dinner and tasting at her winery, Chateau Margaux.

Board liaison to the council, Mary Jane Salk, led the business meeting, during which IC members were asked to contribute to a giving opportunity specifically for the council—a $1 million endowment to establish the Jonas Salk Endowed Fellowship, which will support a postdoctoral fellowship in perpetuity and will be the first fund at the Institute named for Jonas Salk.

This first ever Jonas Salk Post Doctoral Fellowship has brought in over $900,000 from the following philanthropic leaders: Francoise Gilot-Salk, The Gunter Sachs Estate, Walter Eckhart, Joan Norris/The Firefly Trust, Mary Jane Salk, Roberta Bogen, Elizabeth L. Knox, Alan S. Kramer/Alan S. Kramer Family Philanthropic Fund, Nancy Lukitsh, Carl H. Hahn, Richard P. Urfer, Jay Vawter, Leonard Herman, Gad Shaanan, William B. Matteson, and The John A. Hartford Foundation.