Wikipedia edit-a-thon

On Saturday, September 7, 2019, Salk hosted a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon event, underwritten by the Salk Office of Equity and Inclusion. A total of 60 people from Salk, UC San Diego, Scripps Research and the San Diego community worked together to elevate the profiles of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) on Wikipedia. The volunteers wrote 15 new articles and updated 41 existing articles.

SalkExcellerators learn of plan to conquer pancreatic cancer

On October 30, 2019, Salk Assistant Professor Dannielle Engle shared with the Salkexcellerators group how she creates models of pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer in order to develop more effective diagnostic tools and treatments for these diseases. Salkexcellerators are the next generation of community members who support scientific discoveries at Salk and engage with scientists through an annual calendar of special events.

Women & Science program hosts panel discussion on the future of cancer

On October 23, 2019, the Women & Science Program hosted “Breast Cancer: New insights in research, prevention, survivorship and health care delivery,” a presentation given by Barbara Parker, MD, medical director of Oncology at Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego. Salk Professor Geoffrey Wahl emceed a panel discussion that followed on the topic of advancements of breast cancer research and treatments and featured Nikki Lytle, a postdoctoral fellow in the Wahl’s Gene Expression Laboratory, Carol Gallagher, Partner with NEA, and Catherine Rivier, Salk Professor Emerita, herself a survivor. Held simultaneously, Pamela Cosman, scientist and author, led a fun, interactive workshop for children ages 8 to 14 as a special Women & Science: Girls in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) event. The kids explored the world of coding and error correction, and received a signed copy of Cosman’s book, The Secret Code Menace.

Women & Science program dives into the brain

Salk’s Women & Science program hosted an event on July 24, 2019, emceed by Salk Professor Susan Kaech and featuring Professor Kay Tye, who gave a riveting presentation about the neuroscience of seeking pleasure and avoiding pain.

High school scholars soak up Salk

Thanks to Education Outreach’s Heithoff-Brody Scholars Program, a group of high school students spent eight weeks this summer working side-by-side with scientists at the Salk Institute. The students learned how to formulate and test hypotheses, prepare experiments and draw conclusions from those experiments. At the end of the eight-week program, the scholars presented their research projects to their mentors, lab members and families.

Karlseder Breaks down the basics of cancer development

On September 20, 2019, Professor Jan Karlseder shared his research on how cancer cells overcome proliferative boundaries and described strategies that may prevent cancer from happening in the first place. The Back to Basics lecture series provides the public two opportunities each year to learn about the Institute’s contributions to science.

An Evening to Remember – Symphony at Salk

The San Diego Symphony, led by conductor Michael Krajewski, and special guest artist Laura Benanti, a Tony award-winner and five-time Tony award nominee, put on a spirited show that delighted 600 guests and 100 volunteers at the 24th annual Symphony at Salk on August 24, 2019. The concert under the stars also featured spectacular lighting cast on the iconic study towers in the courtyard, which highlighted Salk’s microscopy and the paintings of Françoise Gilot. Symphony at Salk was made possible by many generous supporters who this year included Zenith sponsors Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Karen and Don Cohn; Golden Sun sponsor Tina Simner; and Supernova sponsors Martina and Dan Lewis, Tori and Terry Rosen, and Debra Turner and the Audrey Geisel/Dr. Seuss Fund. This year’s Symphony at Salk raised more than $1 million for the Institute’s unrestricted fund, which provides funding for the Education Outreach program and the innovation grants, as well as other needs such as support for Salk’s graduate students and postdocs

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