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The Circadian Diabetes Code

by Satchidananda Panda, PhD

Publication date: November 9, 2021

In his newest book, Professor Satchidananda Panda, holder of the Rita and Richard Atkinson Chair, shares his groundbreaking program that follows the latest science: showing that a simple approach that aligns your daily lifestyle—when you eat, sleep, and exercise—with your body’s inherent circadian rhythm can be just as effective. He details the best way to adopt time-restricted fasting, the worldwide phenomenon that started in Panda’s lab, which has been used as an effective weight loss strategy for almost a decade.

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Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn

by Barbara Oakley PhD, Beth Rogowsky EdD, Terrence J. Sejnowski

Publication date: June 15, 2021

Professor Terrence Sejnowski, head of Salk’s Computational Neurobiology Laboratory and holder of the Francis Crick chair, has published a book to improve teaching based on the latest research in neuroscience about how students learn. The book, called Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn, is accompanied by a Coursera massive open online course (MOOC) called “Uncommon Sense Teaching,” as a follow-up to Sejnowski’s popular MOOC “Learning How to Learn.”

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The Deep Learning Revolution

by Terrence Sejnowski

Publication date: August 17, 2018

How deep learning—from Google Translate to driverless cars to personal cognitive assistants—is changing our lives and transforming every sector of the economy.

The deep learning revolution has brought us driverless cars, the greatly improved Google Translate, fluent conversations with Siri and Alexa, and enormous profits from automated trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Deep learning networks can play poker better than professional poker players and defeat a world champion at Go. In this book, Salk Professor Terry Sejnowski explains how deep learning went from being an arcane academic field to a disruptive technology in the information economy.

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A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future

by Dr. Jonas Salk, and Jonathan Salk

Publication date: June 26, 2018

A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future provides a startling, fresh new message of understanding, perspective and hope for today’s tense, rapid-fire, kaleidoscopically changing world.

Drawn from the writings of visionary scientist Jonas Salk, who developed the polio vaccine, and extended and developed by his son Jonathan, the message of A New Reality explodes from the past, and sheds light on tensions that besiege us, and the currents of discord that are raging as these words are written. More importantly, it indicates a way forward out of our current situation.

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The Circadian Code

by Satchidananda Panda

Publication date: June 12, 2018

When we eat may be as important as what we eat.

Like most people, you probably wake up, get hungry for meals and doze off in bed around the same time every day. If you’ve ever experienced jet lag or pulled an all-nighter, you know that this schedule can easily be thrown off kilter. But for some people, that imbalance—difficulty sleeping at night, hunger at odd times, or sudden fatigue at noon—is a constant. If you're one of those people, Salk Professor Satchin Panda, one of the leading researchers on circadian rhythms, has a plan to reset your body clock.

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The Telomere Effect

by Elizabeth Blackburn, Elissa Epel

Publication date: January 3, 2017

Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? While many factors contribute to aging and illness, Nobel Prize winner and Salk President Emerita Elizabeth Blackburn discovered a biological indicator called telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres, which protect our genetic heritage. Blackburn and coauthor Elissa Epel's research shows that the length and health of one's telomeres are a biological underpinning of the long-hypothesized mind-body connection. They and other scientists have found that changes we can make to our daily habits can protect our telomeres and increase our health spans (the number of years we remain healthy, active, and disease-free). In this New York Times bestseller, readers learn how specific lifestyle and psychological habits can protect telomeres, slowing disease and improving life.

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Genesis of the Salk Institute

by Suzanne Bourgeois

Publication date: August 24, 2013

This work is a personal account of the origins and early years of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Salk Professor Emerita Suzanne Bourgeois crafts an engaging study that draws on her involvement with the Institute and on related archives, interviews, and informal conversations.

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