In this issue

Frontiers

Harnessing plants for the future

Get ready, sunny San Diego: Winter is coming. We’re not talking about a new season of Game of Thrones—although the story is one of epic proportions and high stakes..

Observations

Sung Han was destined for Salk

Han, an assistant professor in the Clayton Foundation Laboratories for Peptide Biology, arrived at the Institute a year ago to study how the brain recognizes aversive sensory signals.

Next Gen

All roads lead to science for Elena Blanco-Suárez

From early on, it was pretty much a given that Elena Blanco-Suárez would be a scientist..

President’s Letter

“Our scientists often join their expertise across this continuum in exciting ways. Such expertise ranges from human language and behavior to cellular control pathways and gene expression, with the goal of understanding our ability to be social, idea-expressing beings.”

Elizabeth Blackburn
President, Salk Institute Irwin Jacobs Presidential Chair

Discoveries

Spotlight

Nicola Allen nominated to prestigious young scientists group

Nicola Allen nominated to prestigious young scientists group

Assistant Professor Nicola Allen has joined one of the most elite global communities, the World Economic Forum’s Young Scientists, who comprise today’s “most forward-thinking and advanced scientific minds” under the age of 40.
Instrumental Philanthropy

Instrumental Philanthropy

Larry D. Greenfield has always been partial to contraptions. As a teen in Canoga Park, California, in the mid-to-late 1950s, he installed a closet door switch that would turn the closet light on and off  when the door opened and closed. He also wired the whole backyard with lighting without any instructions—or his parents' permission, but with the tacit blessing of his mother.
Cataloging brain-cell types

Cataloging brain-cell types

Salk Institute scientists will lead a $25 million, five-year initiative to revolutionize our understanding of the human brain by systematically identifying and cataloging cell types across the mammalian brain, the National Institutes of Health has announced.
Silvana Konermann named HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow

Silvana Konermann named HHMI Hanna H. Gray Fellow

Silvana Konermann, a research associate in the lab of Helmsley-Salk Fellow Patrick Hsu, was chosen as one of 15 inaugural Howard Hughes Medical Institute Hanna H. Gray Fellows. Each fellow will receive up to $1.4 million in funding over eight years.
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Events

Science by design

Science by design

Salk’s Women & Science program held its first Design and Discovery Fashion Showcase on October 4, featuring 13 gowns inspired by Salk microscopy images and created by San Diego Mesa College design students and Salk scientists.
Symphony in red

Symphony in red

More than 750 guests attended the 22nd annual Symphony at Salk on August 26, raising $1 million for Institute research and education outreach programs.
Prelude to a season

Prelude to a season

Violinist Alena Baeva and pianist Vadym Kholodenko ushered in the fifth season of the Salk Science & Music Series with a concert of Stravinsky, Debussy, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on October 22 in the Conrad Prebys Auditorium.
Back to Basics—From Climate to Cork

Back to Basics—From Climate to Cork

Salk Professor Joseph Noel addressed nearly 300 people with his talk "Plants, Climate Change, Carbon, Cork and You!" at the September 20 Back to Basics lecture.
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