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>>