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March 2016

Science News

Elizabeth Blackburn animated in fun science series

PBS Digital Studios' popular BrainCraft video series recently starred Salk President Elizabeth Blackburn. The series, which presents scientific concepts in short and easy-to-understand animations, featured an episode explaining Blackburn's Nobel Prize-winning research on telomeres.
Blackburn video

High School Science Day

Nearly 300 teenage science buffs posed for the camera with Salk Institute President Elizabeth Blackburn on the courtyard during March of Dimes High School Science Day 2016 on February 27. Blackburn was the keynote speaker for the 26th annual half-day event, which included lab tours and interactions with Salk scientists.
High School Sci Day 16
Explore Salk
Be Our Guest!

Come one, come all. The Institute hosts its fourth annual Explore Salk from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on April. The community is invited to this campus-wide open house tailored for science enthusiasts of all ages.

Attendees can take behind-the-scenes guided lab tours, try their hand at pipetting and other techniques, listen to Salk scientists share the low down on their research, and watch the next generation of researchers cut loose in the Kids' Discovery Zone. Special highlights of the day include a talk by new Salk President and Nobel laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn and a science talk conducted by Associate Professor Satchidananda Panda.

Fascinating and fun, the lab tours always fill up fast so make sure you get a space on the tour of your choosing. Sign up now!

Salk Medals Talks

A science symposia double-header featuring talks by the newest recipients of the Salk Institute Medal for Research Excellence will be held April 13 in the Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium at Salk. The public is welcome.
Robert Weinberg, an authority on the genetic basis of human cancer and a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will deliver his talk, "EMT, Cancer Stem Cells and the Mechanisms of Malignant Progression," at 2:30 p.m.
Solomon Snyder, regarded internationally for his research on neuropharmacology and a Distinguished Service Professor of Neuroscience, Pharmacology and Psychiatry at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, will speak at 4 p.m. on "Novel Neural Messengers."
Both scientists will receive their Paloma Picasso-designed medals at a private trustees' dinner that evening. Created in 2005 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Jonas Salk's polio vaccine and the 40th anniversary of the Institute's opening, the Salk Institute Medal for Research Excellence recognizes significant contributions to basic science research with a particular impact on science policy, humanities and human health. Weinberg and Snyder are the fourth and fifth honorees, respectively, of the research honor.

Join us for Breakthrough Biomedical Philanthropy
Visionary Philanthropy

A global leader in research, the Salk Institute is now poised to explore the nuances of funding innovative science with its inaugural summit "Breakthrough Biomedical Philanthropy." On May 12 and 13, the campus will host science and philanthropy thought leaders from around the country. They will share insights and provide tools to philanthropists and foundations interested in leveraging their giving to produce significant return on investment for tackling cancer, aging-related diseases, neurological disease and climate change.

Session topics will include:
  • Moonshots and Dream Teams
  • Public/Private Partnerships
  • Strategic Philanthropy
  • Tax Strategy
  • Impact Investing
The roster of notable speakers includes Elizabeth Blackburn, president of the Salk Institute; Miyoung Chun, executive vice president of Scientific Programs at the Kavli Foundation; Andrew Keller, president and CEO of Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; Mark Collins, president of the Glenn Foundation; and Stephanie Lederman, executive director of the American Foundation for Aging Research.
Symphony at Salk logo
Draw a big red circle around August 20 for Symphony at Salk! The event celebrates its 21st annual concert under the stars with Maestro Thomas Wilkins conducting the incomparable San Diego Symphony. Tickets go on sale----and the identity of the guest artist will be revealed----in early July.


plant receptor image
Courtesy of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Salk science

Download some amazing Salk science images for your smartphone, tablet or desktop. 

Scientists in the Chory laboratory have discovered a way by which plants assess the quality of shade to outgrow menacing neighbors, a finding that could be used to improve the productivity of crops.

Plants have a number of receptors that help them avoid shade and outgrow nearby plants. This image shows two of these receptors. One cellular receptor, CRY2 (yellow) in the nucleus is activating growth-related genes amidst energy-generating chloroplasts (blue).


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