Salk Honors International Women’s Day
Salk community learns about the legacy of Jonas Salk
On March 29, the Institute was honored to host Jonathan and Peter Salk, sons of founder Jonas Salk. Jonathan shared personal reflections, writings, and photos of their father. The program included a live chat with former Salk President Rusty Gage and questions from Salk scientists and staff.
Padres Pedal the Cause
In this year’s Padres Pedal the Cause event on April 18, Team Salk Cancer Center raised more than $44,000 for local cancer research, which includes projects on Salk’s campus. Pedal the Cause is Curebound’s largest annual fundraising event, with participants biking, running, walking, and spinning to support cancer research. Since 2013, the event has raised $20 million and funded 73 collaborative research projects in San Diego, including six clinical trials.
Big Tree Book signing
The Salk Institute, Salk’s Harnessing Plants Initiative, and Warwick’s, the country’s oldest continuously family-owned and -operated bookstore, teamed up to host an exclusive book talk and signing featuring acclaimed children’s author Brian Selznick and Salk Professor Joseph Noel on May 8. After the talk, a reception was held while children participated in a seed-planting activity.
Lustgarten Walk for Research
On March 26, the Lustgarten Foundation hosted Walk for Research, a 1K stroll around the Salk Institute followed by conversation with Salk researchers. The Lustgarten Foundation works to raise the critical funds and awareness needed to transform pancreatic cancer into a curable disease. All proceeds from the event fund lifesaving pancreatic cancer research.
- Leading with Technology – Salk scientists develop new means of discoveryOur scientists continue to push technological limits to—among other things—store more excess atmospheric carbon in deeper plant roots, study pancreatic cancer more accurately, follow cellular activity in real time more clearly, and track all kinds of motion more easily.
- Dannielle Engle—Putting patients firstEngle, an assistant professor, has a deeply personal connection to pancreatic cancer that changed her career trajectory and made her want to focus on the disease. Inside Salk sat down with Engle to find out more about her dedication to finding better treatment options.
- Weiwei Fan—Life is energyFan, a staff scientist in Professor Ronald Evans’ lab, studies mitochondria because he feels drawn to understanding how these energy generators within our cells function and the natural variations that exist between individuals.
- Natanella Illouz-Eliaz—Recipe for a plant biologist: tomatoes, failure, and perseveranceIllouz-Eliaz, a postdoctoral researcher in Professor Joseph Ecker’s lab, grew up in Israel near the border with Lebanon, where high-pitched sirens periodically drove her family into bomb shelters for safety. But her parents insisted that she get the best education possible.
- Richard Heyman—From Salk to biotech and backHeyman, a scientist and entrepreneur who has founded numerous biotechnology companies, currently serves as vice chair of Salk’s Board of Trustees, but his Salk story actually began when he was a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Professor Ronald Evans.