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.

More than 300 people attended the showcase chaired by Salk supporter and event lead sponsor Tina Simner and Associate Professor Janelle Ayres to bene t the Salk Women & Science Special Awards Initiative, which provides awards to female scientists conducting high-risk research projects. Thirteen scientist-designer teams collaborated over the last year to create high-end gowns that communicate the visual splendor of scientific research.

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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. Guest artist David Foster, with “Friends” Eric Benét, Sheléa, and Jessica Sanchez, had the audience on their feet and dancing. This year’s concert under the stars featured a red motif and a new visual system that projected the art of Françoise Gilot onto the concrete walls.

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. Noel spoke about the scientific advances needed to solve larger issues of planetary health. The Back to Basics program offers lay science lectures to the public twice a year.

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. Salk Associate Professor Wolfgang Busch delivered the science talk about plant root research.

From Bench to Bedside

The Salk Women & Science summer forum drew a full house for a panel discussion by women health innovators on solutions for improving lives. The July 11 event in the Conrad Prebys Auditorium was held in conjunction with Women Innovating Together in Healthcare (WITH).

High School Scholars class of ‘17

Twelve teens attended the Institute’s eight-week Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program this past summer, working in labs side-by-side with Salk scientists on cutting-edge research, formulating and testing hypotheses, preparing experiments and attending lab meetings. An offering of Salk’s Education Outreach, the scholars program is more than 40 years old.

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