April 1, 2015

The Salk Institute opens its doors for 3rd annual Explore Salk, a free community open house

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The Salk Institute opens its doors for 3rd annual Explore Salk, a free community open house

The Salk Institute will open its doors to the community Saturday, April 11, for the third annual Explore Salk, a once-a-year event featuring staff-guided lab tours, self-guided architectural tours, science booths and talks by eminent Salk researchers. Family friendly activities include a Kids’ Discovery Zone, a mobile science lab with hands-on experiments and a virtual lab tour with a Q&A session for preteens interested in pursuing a career in science.

We invite you to Explore Salk

Image: Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

New to this year’s Explore Salk is a small group, hands-on lab tour. This is a great opportunity for guests who want a more in-depth experience and the chance to ask questions of the researchers. There is a $25 materials fee per person and preregistration is required.

A free general lab tour will give visitors a behind-the-scenes look at two laboratories where research is conducted in neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology and related disciplines. Participants for either lab tour must be 16 years of age or older.

Two science talks will be given during the second half of the day, the first by Saket Navlakha, a Salk assistant professor, who will address “How Biology Solves Technology Problems.” Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute, chief academic officer at Scripps Health and a professor of genomics at The Scripps Research Institute, will deliver a talk based on his most recent book, “The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands.”
Explore Salk begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends by 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but online preregistration is required for the lab tours. For complete details about the day’s schedule, please visit www.salk.edu/exploresalk or contact exploresalk@salk.edu or (858) 597-0657.

About the Salk Institute for Biological Studies:
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world’s preeminent basic research institutions, where internationally renowned faculty probes fundamental life science questions in a unique, collaborative, and creative environment. Focused both on discovery and on mentoring future generations of researchers, Salk scientists make groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and infectious diseases by studying neuroscience, genetics, cell and plant biology, and related disciplines.

Faculty achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, including Nobel Prizes and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences. Founded in 1960 by polio vaccine pioneer Jonas Salk, MD, the Institute is an independent nonprofit organization and architectural landmark.

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