Save the Date: August 19, 2023 27th Annual Symphony at Salk

Join us for another spectacular “Concert Under the Stars,” the annual Symphony at Salk on August 19, 2023. This acclaimed concert and fundraiser held on Salk’s iconic Courtyard will feature an electrifying performance by the San Diego Symphony with special guest artist Jennifer Hudson. For more information, please visit or contact us at or (858) 597–0657.

Save the Date: May 25, 2023 The science of forensic identification decisions and what it means in the criminal legal system

Please join us for the launch of Salk’s Science & Justice series. During this inaugural event, neuroscientist and Professor Thomas Albright will join Peter Neufeld, civil rights lawyer and co-founder of The Innocence Project, to discuss the latest research on visual perception and memory, how that influences forensic identification decisions, and what that means for justice in our criminal legal system. Through an engaging moderated discussion, the speakers will break down the topics above based on their respective areas of expertise and collaborations and explore how a modern scientific understanding of visual perception and memory can help to overcome failures of forensic practice and guide courts toward greater justice. Members of the public and individuals involved professionally in criminal law, scientific research, public policy, and social justice, who follow and/or await developments in this realm will have a unique opportunity to learn more about the intersection and contradictions between science and law during this event. A reception will follow the discussion. For more information, please visit

March of Dimes High School Science Day

The Salk Institute and the March of Dimes have a rich history of collaboration. The partnership began in 1948 when the March of Dimes (then known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis) provided support for Jonas Salk’s quest for a vaccine against polio. The organization also provided the funding that enabled him to fulfill his vision to create the Salk Institute in 1960. In 1990, as the Salk Institute planned for its 30th anniversary, Jonas Salk was eager to give back to the community, promote scientific literacy, and encourage young people to choose life science careers. To accomplish these goals, he launched High School Science Day. On February 25, 2023, we celebrated the collaboration between the March of Dimes and the Salk Institute with the 33rd annual March of Dimes High School Science Day event, generously supported by the Anne and Neal Blue High School Science Fund. During the half-day event, 160 high school students and their teachers participated in interactive lab tours, where they met scientists, heard about current research, and learned hands-on fundamental skills necessary for laboratory research, such as micropipetting. Of the students who attended, 86 percent identified with a historically underrepresented community; 60 percent qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches; and 85 percent said they were more interested in STEM careers after attending. One student commented that the most impactful part of the day was “talking with scientists and realizing that they have so many different backgrounds but the same passion—it inspires me.” The event, organized by Salk’s Education Outreach team, was held in person after two years of remote programming, but creative virtual content is still available to teachers in order to maintain accessibility to fundamental research and unique educational opportunities. To learn more about this event and other Education Outreach opportunities, please visit

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